Swansea (pop ~400) is located on the north-west shore of Great Oyster Bay, south of the Coles Bay turn off. The town has several historic buildings, including Morris' General Store (1838), in operation for over 100 years. It also boasts safe swimming and surfing. Spiky Bridge and Mayfield Beach, south of the town, are excellent for rock & beach fishing, and trout fishing at Lake Leake is also popular.
Towards Lake Leake (west of Swansea), the Lost Falls and Meetus Falls are worth a detour. There are two vineyards, Sping Vale and Craigie Knowe, near Cranbrook (just north of Swansea). Close to town is the Swansea Bark Mill, used to process black wattle bark, which was used in pioneering days for tanning leather.
Swansea has one 4½-star, eight 4-star and three 3½-star accommodation facilities (RACT rated), in addition to a youth hostel. It is a short (1:30) drive from Hobart.
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