Things to do
Swansea boasts a large choice of stunning conservation beaches within walking distance or a short drive from Wagner's Cottages Estate:
- Cressy Beach: 3.5 kilometres south of Wagner's Cottages. A safe swimming beach with spectacular views of the Freycinet coast.
- Coswell Beach: a short walk from Wagner's Cottages. Crystal clear swimming and ideal for walks north or south along the coastline.
- Kelvedon Beach: 8-kilometres south of Wagner's Cottages, offering postcard-perfect views back to Coles Bay and Schouten Island. An ideal beach for long walks and penguin spotting.
- Jubilee Beach: located within the Swansea township, 2-kilometres from Wagner's Cottages.
- Mayfield Beach: 14-kilometres south of Swansea . A popular swimming beach, camping and fishing area.
- Spiky Beach: 6-kilometres south of Swansea opposite the Convict Bridge. Built in 1843, a popular picnic spot and great for rock fishing.
- Swan River: 4-kilometres north of Swansea. Popular bream fishing spot.
- Waterloo Point Beach & Coastal Walk: located in Swansea it boasts short and all-day walks, picnic areas and spectacular views of the Freycinet Coast and Great Oyster Bay.
Most whale sightings occur on Tasmania's east coast. Although this may be due to the higher population of human observers in the east, it's likely that the humpback and southern right whales prefer the calmer waters of the east coast. Frederick Henry Bay and Great Oyster Bay on the east coast are both excellent vantage points for whale watching.
Humpback whales migrate south in the summer months to feed in the Arctic and then head north again for the cooler months. We start to see them usually from to July, and then again September to December.
Southern right whales migrate north from June to September to the waters of southern mainland Australia and return southward between September and late October. A proportion of the population gives birth in Tasmanian waters.
Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
Freycinet National Park is a peninsula of pink granite mountains and native forest edged by crystal blue bays. Bushwalk through protected parkland, scale the granite peaks of The Hazards and emerge at some of Tasmania's most epic swimming spots. Shutterbugs (on land or in scuba suits) love the famous curved shoreline of Wineglass Bay. And you can see even more on a cruise of the peninsula.
Devils in the Dark.
For most visitors, this really is as close as you’ll get to seeing Tassie devils in the wild. You will see lots, all scrapping around for their share of a staked out wallaby carcass, using their rumps to push each other out of the way and yarring fearsomely. It’s a fascinating evening.
The Long Lunch Wine Tour Co.
A progressive degustation ….. with you in it. Brad brings together some fantastic seasonal food and wine experiences in our area or further afield.
Get a true sailing experience on our luxurious Beneteau Oceanis 41 Yacht. Navigate pristine waters from Coles Bay, past the majestic Hazards Mountains, and experience a completely unique perspective of the stunning Freycinet Peninsula.We take a maximum of eight guests on each charter, enabling us to cater each trip to individual tastes. You can take the helm, if you like, hoist the sails, or just sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery with a glass of bubbly.
Wineglass Bay Cruises.
Step aboard Schouten Passage II for an unforgettable 4 hour cruise. Let our experienced and friendly crew guide you through the sights and history of the Freycinet Peninsula; taking you from the gentle shores of Coles Bay, to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Stop for lunch at Wineglass Bay and enjoy some of Tasmania’s finest fresh produce, selected by the head chef at Freycinet Lodge.
East Coast Cruises
Maria Island is a place to get lost and find yourself. There are many secrets to Maria Island that we uncover on our cruise & walk day tours. Traditionally visitors to Maria Island have caught a ferry to the historic township of Darlington, the island's only settlement. Now there is the opportunity to join our day tour to explore the coastline of Maria Island, visit remote beaches, giant sea caves and even the largest seal colony on Tasmania's East Coast. Our tours compliment the cruise with a walk around the World Heritage listed settlement in the afternoon, exploring the rich convict history and viewing Maria Island's friendly native wildlife.
Our tours depart from the town of Coles bay which sits at the foot of the Hazard Mountain Range on the edge of world renowned Freycinet National Park. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of Great Oyster Bay & the Tasman sea, kayaking is the perfect way to discover this area.
Swansea Cycle Tours and Bike Hire
Passionate cyclist Sally Fletcher offers a choice of 7 cycle tours, mostly on private land, featuring visits to local vineyards and an oyster farm. She will ride with you or alternatively you may simply hire a bike and safety gear.
Swansea Golf Club
Swansea Golf Club Tasmania is a picturesque 9 hole Golf Course, that is open to the public all year round. Nestled on the East Coast of Tasmania overlooking the magnificent Freycinet National Park, the course is an integral part of the Swansea township