Swansea attractions

Top Choice Winery in Swansea

Devil’s Corner

Wine comes with a wide-screen view at this cutting-edge cellar door (eyesore or delight? You decide) overlooking Moulting Lagoon and the Hazards mountains on Freycinet Peninsula. Even if you're not into wine, stop b…
Top Choice Bridge in Swansea

Spiky Bridge

About 7km south of Swansea is the rather amazing Spiky Bridge, built by convicts in the early 1840s using thousands of local fieldstones (yes, they're spiky). The main east-coast road used to truck right across it, …
Museum in Swansea

Bark Mill Museum

Out the back of the Bark Mill Tavern & Bakery, this museum explains the processing of black wattle bark to obtain tannin for tanning leathers. The mill was one of the few industries that operated in Swansea thro…
Museum in Swansea

East Coast Heritage Museum

Inside Swansea’s original schoolhouse, this engaging little museum covers Aboriginal artefacts, colonial and convict history, whaling and the plight of the thylacine (including a tiger trap from the late 19th centur…
Winery in Swansea

Gala Estate Vineyard

Enjoy a red in retroville in this funky little cellar door – once a post office – right on the main road through Cranbrook. The tumbledown, pistachio-coloured weatherboard cellar door pours pinot noir, pinot gris an…
Beach in Swansea

Waterloo Beach

The bigger of Swansea's two town beaches has more sand than the other one (Jubilee Beach), but the bay here is still fairly shallow and seaweed-prone. If you're looking for a bracing swim, you'll be better off in Fr…
Winery in Swansea

Spring Vale Wines

Down a looong driveway in Cranbrook, 15km north of Swansea, this winery is on land owned by the same family since 1875. The cellar door is housed in an 1842 stable, cobbled together by hardworking convict hands. Don…
Winery in Swansea

Milton Vineyard

Milton is 13km north of Swansea, with tastings in an elegant, white weatherboard pavilion presiding over the vines. Sip some sparkling rosé and enjoy a cheese platter, some scallop carpaccio or lamb gnocchi by the l…
Winery in Swansea

Freycinet Vineyard

The Bull family has been growing grapes beneath the east-coast sun since 1979 – this was the first vineyard on the coast. The vibe at the cellar door is agricultural, not flashy – we like it! Super sauvignon blanc, …
Historic Building in Swansea

Morris' General Store

A multi-storey bluestone-and-brick special, the 1838 Morris’ General Store is the biggest object in Swansea. And it's still selling stuff – these days it's part of the local supermarket.