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East Coast Tasmania Attractions

Swansea Attractions –

Heritage Centre Museum, History Room & War Room. P.  03 62578215

Kates Berry Farm Acclaimed for her truly outstanding cool climate berries, Kate offers a unique range of mouth watering quality produce and products that highlight what Tasmania does so well. P. 03  62578428  E. 

Waterloo Point Make time to take the scenic walk around the Loon.tite.ter.mair. re.le.hoiner track, or Waterloo Point. The site of the first military settlement in Swansea, offering spectacular views across the bay to The Hazards, Schouten Island and Freycinet Peninsula. From September to March it is home to nesting Shearwaters who make the long annual migration from the Northern Hemisphere to spend summer with us.


Historic Walk - Leave the car behind and walk around the village to admire fine examples of colonial architecture; pick up a copy of the Heritage Walk booklet available locally as a guide to the many Georgian style buildings and the fascinating history of our village. You may want to combine this with a visit to our East Coast Heritage Centre to learn about early settlers to the area, aboriginal inhabitants, French exploration and convict heritage

Spiky Bridge Swansea

Spiky Bridge near Swansea on the east coast is a quirky feature with convict heritage.

Spiky Bridge Truth… or Fiction?

So that part of the Spiky Bridge legend must be factual (well it’s written there in black and white!).  The other often-quoted claim concerns the vertical spikes on the top of the bridge.  Cows were apparently prone to falling over the edge into the steep gulley.  If a cow did fall from the top, it would definitely do the poor creature some major damage.  But I’m not completely convinced about the cow theory.

Maria Island National Park -

Maria Island is a special place with something for everyone - historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife. Set just off the warm East Coast, the island is easily accessed by ferry. National Park fees apply.


Maria Island Cruise & Walk Day Tour


Tour 1. Ile Des Phoques (French for Island of Seals) is an absolute haven for marine life and has been declared one of the best cold water dives in the world. On the way to this remarkable granite island you can see albatross, dolphins, Australian fur seals and whales (depending on the time of the year).

Tour 2. Circumnavigation - explore the Fossil Cliffs and limestone sea caves of Fossil Bay, travel south down the East Coast of Maria Island, visit the mountain fed waterfalls, secluded bays, sea caves and blow holes.  The stunning beach is identical to the world famous Wineglass Bay

P. 03 62571300 E.


Maria Island Ferry - Ideal for people wanting to do a day crossing to the Island to explore the - historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, and remarkable wildlife.   
P. 0419 746 668 E.

 Beach & Boat

Personalised boat adventures to Maria Island National Park on a converted 40 foot traditional Tasmania Cray Fishing Boat.

P. 0417539656 E.


Spring Bay Seafoods


Spring Bay Seafoods have one of the only commercial-scale mussel hatcheries anywhere in the world. Using novel rearing techniques the mussels are raised from seed and nurtured under strict quality and environmental conditions, then transferred to suspended lines in the deep waters off Tasmania's East Coast. This vertical integration program ensures a sustainable and reliable supply of perfect mussels well into the future P. 03 62573614 E.

Spring Bay Community Boat Shed

Not a museum of maritime objects, but a working custodial maintenance site that seeks, where possible, to make practical use of the items that we manage. There are now a large number of boats in the collection; many are ‘sailable’ while others are waiting for a bit of TLC. On water activities, some in conjunction with other groups such as the Living Boat Trust, the Wooden Boat Guild and Women on Water, are and will continue to be a major part of the Shed’s function and give incentive to getting ‘things done” just north of the town on the Tasman Hwy, opposite Rostrevor Estate and almost opposite Freestone Point Rd.


David Gatenby - Shed Coordinator
Ph: 0400 432 331

Pelican Walk – Beginning near the Marina take in the coastal reserve.

The Triabunna Visitor Information Centre has an interesting display of wall tapestries depicting the areas rich Aboriginal and European history and adjacent is the Tasmanian Seafarers Memorial. P. 0362574472


Sufi’s Craft & Christmas Shop it is Christmas all year at Sufi’s P. 03 62573212 E.


Campbell Town is 68kms from Swansea

Red Bridge 1836-38 The oldest convict built red brick bridge in Australia.  Orignially constructed for horse drawn vehicles, the bridge is now crossed by up to two million vehicles a year and it’s still in almost pristine condition.

Elizabeth River

Known to the aboriginal people as Parndokerner Liapinder (water flowing from the east).  The Elizabeth river flows from the Eastern Tiers to the Macquarie

Convict Brick Trail

A commemoration and celebration of our convict history.  Each brick engraved with the names and a few personal details of convicts transported to Australia & Norfold Island.

Harold Gatty Memorial - Campbell Town born and bred, Harold Gatty navigated American pilot Wiley Post around the world in eight days in 1931. He also invented the navigational system used by the US Air Force in WW11


Ross is 77kms from Swansea

Post Office - Constructed in 1889 using locally quarried sandstone. Originally the telegraph office between Launceston and Hobart. Now a fully licenced Post Office P. 03 63815444  E.

Bakery 31 – World famous scallop pies P. 03 63815422  E.

Tasmanian Wool Centre – Rediscover the wonders of wool, retailers of quality woollen garments and accessories.  Fascinating museums of the region’s heritage and involvement in the wool industry. P 03 63815466 E.

Ross Bridge is an historic bridge in the town of Ross in central Tasmania, Australia, completed in July 1836. It crosses the Macquarie River.

The sandstone bridge was constructed by convict labour, and is the third oldest bridge still in use in Australia. Commissioned by Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur, the bridge was designed by architect John Lee Archer, with the convict work team including two stonemasons, James Colbeck and Daniel Herbert, the latter being credited with the intricate carvings along both sides of the bridge.[1] [2] The bridge was registered on the Register of the National Estate in 1978


Lake Leake is 38.5Kms from Swansea

Lake Leake is a popular fishing spot for locals and tourists alike, camping is also available.

Currawong Lakes is firmly established as one of the best Fly Fishing and Wingshooting destinations in Tasmania. P. 03 63811148 E.


The Lake Leake Inn is nestled on 10 acres amongst stunning Tasmanian bushland. It oozes chalet style charm and offers a friendly and warm atmosphere. Included is a deer farm with other wildlife. Located only half an hour from both Swansea and Campbell Town. P 03 63811329 E.

Lost Falls There are two easy walks at Lost Falls, suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. A short walk (10 minutes return) winds through the dry open forest onto a rocky outcrop. From the outcrop there are extensive views of the Freycinet Peninsula and surrounding coastline. The other walk takes you to the Lost Falls Lookout. Perched high above the forested gorge, the Lookout provides breath-taking views of steep valley, Lost Falls Creek and the waterfall. 20kms from Swansea.


Meetus Falls

Meetus Falls is located just 10km along McKay's Road from Lake Leake Information Booth. There is a picnic shelter with tables, an open wood fire and toilets. The first walk is the Falls Lookout and then the Cygnet River Lookout forks off from the Falls Lookout track. The walk to the lookout platform is 15 minutes return. 25 kms from Swansea.

Coles Bay is 58.8 Kms from Swansea

The Pondering Frog – Relax and ponder your choices from homemade chocolate coated ice cream, pancakes and coffee, to jams, cherry port or liqueurs. P. 0412631299

Freycinet Air See Wineglass Bay without the walk.  Scenic flights P.03 63751694 E.

Freycinet Experience Walk – Four day guided walk of the Freycinet Peninsula. P 03 62237565 E.

Freycinet Adventures – Guided sea kayaking tours morning and twilight. P 03 62570500 E.

All 4 Adventure – Guided Quad Bike and All Terrain Vehicle tour of the National Park P. 03 62570018 E.

Wineglass Bay Cruises – Experience abundant wildlife and stunning scenery on the award winning cruise. Tassie ploughman’s lunch served at anchor in Wineglass Bay. P 03 62570355 E.

Sail Freycinet – Spectacular scenery from a luxury yacht. P. 0419889458 E.

Freycinet Marine Farm – Fresh seafood harvested daily from the farm. Mussels, oysters, scallops, rock lobster and abalone. P 03 62570140 E.

Freycinet National Park – A variety of walking tracks, pristine beaches and wildlife experiences in a landscape made famous by Wineglass Bay. Park Fees apply P. 03 62567000 E.

Freycinet National Park Visitors Centre - Visitor information and educational displays. Walking track advice. Park entry pass sales. P. 036257000

Lagoon – A world renowned Ramsar wetland, accessible at Swanwick, Flacks Road and just off Coles Bay Road.


Bicheno 43.1 Kms from Swansea.

Bicheno Glass Bottom Boat Pristine underwater viewing of the Gulch and Governor Island. P. 03 63751294 E.

Bicheno Motorcycle Museum & Restoration – Vintage & rare motorcycles, clothing, accessories and spares. P. 03 63751485 E.


Blowhole – end of Douglas Street.

Bicheno Penguin Tours - The nightly evening tours offer a rare and thrilling chance to visit a private rookery. You can watch the fairy penguins (also known as the little penguin) emerge from the ocean and head for their homes.  P. 03 63751333  E.

Whalers Lookout - Well defined walking path 360 degree views over Bicheno.

Devils in the Dark – The devil bus will take you to an undisclosed location, to observe the natural behaviour of this Tasmanian carnivore. P. 0401246777 E.

Natureworld –Tasmanian native wildlife in a natural setting  surrounded by lagoons, forest and ocean. 7 kms Nth. P. 03 63751311 E.

Tasmanian Coastal Seafoods – The Gulch fresh local seafood, crayfish, oysters, scallops and abalone. P. 03 63752000

Douglas/Apsley National Park 4.5km Nth.


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“Simply sensational is the only way to describe Swansea Motor Inn’s beach front accommodation on Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay.” Anne - AUSTRALIA
“Our rooms were clean and tidy. Owners were very friendly and helpful. We loved our ground floor ocean view. Sad that we couldn't stay longer. Centrally located & easy driving distance to Freycinet National Park and local vineyards” Jen - Brisbane
“Most enjoyable. This was nearing the end of our 10 day touring holiday in Tasmania and we were made most welcome. All this made for a comfortable and enjoyable stay right on the beach.”Suzanne - Melbourne