Swansea is a classic Tasmanian beach holiday destination, and the hub of the east coast. Established in the 1820s as Waterloo Point, this is one of Tasmania’s oldest towns, with a rich history. Pick up a copy of the Heritage Walk booklet and take a self-guided walk through the town (taking time to browse the town’s shops and galleries along the way), or visit the East Coast Heritage Museum at the Visitor Information Centre. Or, drop in to The Bark Mill Tavern, Bakery and Museum for lunch and a deeper insight into local history.

Swansea sits on a beautiful stretch of coastline. Take a swim or walk at one of the great local beaches—Jubilee, Nine Mile, Kelvedon or Spiky—or drop your line in Great Oyster Bay to catch your supper. You can also whet your appetite at one of Swansea’s great cafés or restaurants, treat your palate to locally grown berries and hand made chocolates at Kate’s Berry Farm or visit a local winery to sample fine, cool-climate east coast wines.

Stay a few days, unpack once and enjoy all the wonders of the east coast.

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