Unhurried Swansea graces the western shore of sheltered Great Oyster Bay, with sweeping views across the water to the peaks of the Freycinet Peninsula. Founded in 1820 as 'Great Swanport', Swansea also delivers some interesting historic buildings and a museum.
The town is strung along behind Jubilee and Waterloo Beaches, and it manages to retain a laid-back holiday vibe. There are plenty of enticements for visitors in and around town, including myriad accommodation options, restaurants, cafes and some impressive wineries to the north. If you're planning to spend time along the east coast, it's a good midway base.