Groovy Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir (Port of the Black Swan) by Bruni d’Entrecasteaux, after the big noir birds that cruise around the bay. Youthfully reincarnated as Cygnet (a baby swan), the town has evolved into a dreadlocked, artsy enclave, while still functioning as a major fruit-producing centre. Weathered farmers and banjo-carrying hippies chat amiably in the main street and prop up the bars of the town’s pubs. To the south, the Randalls Bay and Verona Sands beaches aren’t far away.
Cygnet has been getting some nationwide screen-time of late, courtesy of Gourmet Farmer (www.sbs.com.au/food/programs/gourmet-farmer), the SBS TV series about Sydney food critic Matthew Evans, who moved to Cygnet to try his hand on the land.