Swansea, Tasmania

The 2007 Tidy Town Winning township of Swansea is located on the east coast of Tasmania and is extremely popular during school holiday periods, as well as being a relaxing place to visit throughout the rest of the year. This historic coastal town is ideally positioned about 90 minutes drive from Hobart and Launceston and includes many old buildings dating back to the time of first European settlement in Tasmania. There is also a diverse range of delightful restaurants and enticing attractions within the town including the Swansea Barkmill Museum, the Bear Cottage Craft Shop with its array of crafty gifts and the Gallery 19 with its eclectic mix of prints, fabrics and jewellery from around the world.

One kilometre south of Swansea you will find the world famous Kate's Berry Farm with lots of fresh berries in season, homemade ice cream, jam and preserves. Just a short drive from Swansea is the Freycinet National Park where you will find the popular Wineglass Bay, which you can get a great view of by either walking up to the top of the lookout or by taking a morning or evening cruise around the Peninsula to Wineglass Bay itself. Around the Freycinet Peninsula there are 6 wineries with cellar door tastings and well as a vast array of activities to enjoy such as hiking in the Douglas Apsley National Park, abseiling, fishing, whale watching, bike riding, kayaking, beach combing or even watching the local Fairy Penguins as they come ashore each evening.

Whilst you are staying in Swansea you really must take the ferry across to Maria Island where you will find fascinating wildlife and also learn all about the historic convict station and settlement that once operated on this island. The ferry operates daily between 9:30am and 4pm, but there are no amenities on the island so you will need to be prepared and take your own picnic lunch and drinks.

How To Get There :      In order to get to the island state of Tasmania holiday makers from mainland Australia can either catch the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne across to Devonport or catch a flight on one of the many airlines into either Hobart or Launceston. If you choose to fly into Launceston or Hobart you will then need to hire a car so that you can drive to the east coast holiday destination of Swansea. It won't really matter which city you fly into as they are both approximately 135 kilometres from Swansea. To get to Swansea from Launceston you would drive down the Midland Highway and then turn left onto the Lake Leake Highway at Campbell Town. From Hobart take the Tasman Highway over the Derwent bridge and then at Sorell take a left turn at the T-intersection, which means that you will continue along the Tasman Highway and then follow this road all the way to Swansea.

Weather :      The east coast holiday town of Swansea features a slightly more pleasant climate than your typical Tasmanian centre, mostly because it has significantly less rainfall and only on average between 8 and 12 rainy days per month. Swansea still has relatively cold winters (May - September) with an average maximum daily temperature of between 13-16°C. For the rest of the year (October - April) the average maximum daily temperature ranges from 18-22°C, with the possibility of some really hot days between the months of December and March.

Suitable For :      Couples and families who are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or extended beach holiday.

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