Experiences

  • Experience Swansea

    Address:
    Swansea TAS 7190, Australia .

    Swansea is a pretty seaside village that looks out over Great Oyster Bay to the spectacular granite peaks of Freycinet National Park, with a rich colonial history, unique attractions and old world charm. Centrally located on the Great Eastern Drive, the town is surrounded by beautiful beaches and with Freycinet Peninsula in the distance, there are few towns in Tasmania that enjoy such beautiful scenery.

    Locals love coming home to Swansea – we crest the hill near Kelvedon Beach and can feel the tension start to leave us.  We want you to do the same – enjoy the slower pace, allowing yourself the time to relax and recharge!

     

     

    If you’re an early riser, this might mean catching a beautiful sunrise whilst walking along one of our many beaches all of which look out across Great Oyster Bay toward the Hazards at Coles Bay; soak up the peace and quiet and stop to take in the beauty.  Swansea was settled in the 1820’s as Waterloo Point and is one of Tasmania’s oldest towns.  In fact many families living in Swansea today are descedants of these original settlers. Pick up a copy of the Heritage Walk booklet and you’ll be able to take a self-directed walk around town to learn about historical businesses, homes and iconic landmarks.  You might even come across one of our older locals who’s willing to have a chat. You could also visit the East Coast Heritage Museum; there’s always a great display and passionate staff to share their knowledge. Stroll along Franklin Street (the main street) to find your perfect breakfast spot: - Barkmill Bakery, Artifakt Café & Gallery, Saltshaker or Coastal Wholefoods. After breakfast, why not take a gentle walk right in the heart of Swansea; a walk that offers stunning coastal scenery. Named after the local band of Aboriginal people, the Loon.tite.ter.mair.re.le.hoin.er track the walk takes you from Jubilee Beach (main street in town Centre) around Waterloo Point to Shouten Beach. The track passes through a shearwater (mutton-bird) breeding area. These remarkable migratory birds use burrows in which to breed. The birds can be seen at dusk in the summer months when they return to their burrows after feeding at sea.  The views across Great Oyster Bay to the Freycinet Peninsula are beautiful even on a dreary day.  Both Jubilee and Schouten beaches are safe for swimming. To the south from Schouten beach, another walk takes you down to Kennedia and Coswell Beaches where native birds including fairy penguins have protected rookeries. Following the coastline south, to get to Coswell beach, it does involve a bit of clambering through the bush.

    Things to do Golf Course - You may like to enjoy a casual game of golf at the scenic 9-hole golf course.  Wednesday and Friday afternoons is the local Chicken Run Competition and visitors are very welcome. Tennis Courts - located behind the school and available for hire; the key is available from Swansea Corner Store. Swansea Bowls Club - Social bowls Thursday afternoon during the season. Local Duck Park   – swings for the children and exercise equipment for all plus BBQ facilities (access off The Esplanade) Swansea Jubilee Beach – swings & BBQ facilities. Numerous local beaches for swimming, fishing and walking.

     

  • Swansea Bike Hire

    Address:
    17 Old Spring Bay Road, Swansea, Tasmania .

    The East Coast of Tasmania has the most amazing vineyards, farms, beaches, coastline and some of the friendliest people you will meet.

    Swansea Cycle Tours are a unique cycling experience, the bespoke tours on private land are only available to Swansea Cycle Tour patrons.

    You have the opportunity to meet the most wonderful people farming this land, growing grapes, farming oysters, and loving life on the east coast of Tasmania. And they have invited us into their world, to cycle on their properties.

    Experience a Swansea Cycle Tour and enjoy a new way of seeing the East Coast. 

  • East Coast Heritage Museum

    Address:
    22 Franklin Street SWANSEA 7190 .

    The East Coast Heritage Museum is situated in the main street of Swansea on the corner of Noyes Street.

    he East Coast Heritage Museum and War Memorial collects, exhibits and preserves artefacts from the Glamorgan Spring Bay Municipality for the community, visitors and for future generations.

    The collection has over 3000 books, documents, photographs and objects from pins to petticoats. Our collection is housed in a museum standard facility using best museum practice.

    Over 95% of our collection has been entered into Collections Mosaic Plus software and is available for visitors to search. 

    ​Working closely with the Glamorgan Spring Bay Historical Society allows us to give visitors a greater understanding of history in our area.

  • Melshell Oysters Farm Gate

    Address:
    9 Yellow Sandbanks Rd, Dolphin Sands TAS 7190 .

    Melshell Oysters Farm Gate Shop is located at yellow sandbanks road, Dolphin Sands.  Fantastic view of the Swan River as you slurp down a dozen.  You can see the farm activity as Ian and the boys work in the background.

    Selling the Freshest Oysters direct to public OPEN 10am til 4pm Everyday 
     

  • Milton Vineyard

    Address:
    14635 Tasman Hwy, Swansea, Tasmania .

    Milton Vineyard has a unique micro-climate that suits the ancient grape Pinot Noir. Also in their 13 hectare vineyard are plantings of the aromatics Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. Their focus is on producing small quantities of handmade wine.

    ALM Restaurant - We serve simple, local food that pairs well with Milton wine, on the Freycinet coast of Tasmania. Our personal favorite 

  • Craigie Knowe Vineyard

    Address:
    80 Glen Gala Road Cranbrook Tas 7190 .

     

    When you are able to visit our rustic cellar door, within the oldest vineyard on the east coast, you will experience the passion behind our quality handcrafted wines.

    You will meet us, the family responsible for producing the exceptional fruit that creates our wines and hear how this is achieved.

    Your tasting will be from high quality glassware and you will learn about each wine and how it is crafted.  You will be taken on a relaxed, guided and seated tasting by one of us as we present each of our wines; pinot noir, riesling, cabernet, pinot gris and chardonnay.  You will hear how our vineyard management practices at Craigie Knowe help nurture each vine and therefore enable our winemaker to make the exceptional wines we present.  Intertwined in this interactive experience are snippets of the history of the vineyard and property and how we came to be the current custodians.

    You might even choose to stay for an extended  period in the beautiful, relaxed surroundings just metres from the vines and enjoy a cheese board or platter of delicious Tasmanian produce and a glass or two of wine and perhaps finish your experience with a decadent handcrafted chocolate and wine matching.

  • The Long Lunch Wine Tour Company

    Address:
    38 Hazards View Drive, Coles Bay, 7215 Tasmania .

    The Long Lunch Wine Tour Company visit 4 Vineyard Cellar Doors in the Freycinet region. With more jaw dropping views and wines than bends in the road, immerse yourself in the rich local history and culture. 

    Indulge in the mouth watering Tasmanian delicacies that have made Tasmania a wine and food lovers paradise. You will get to feast on all kinds of delights like Oysters, Mussels, Abalone, Wood Fired Pizza, Walnuts, Cheese, Seasonal Fruit & Olive Oils  ... just to mention a few. Any dietary restrictions are also handled with no fuss also.

    A gourmet lunch is provided at the amazingly picturesque Devils Corner, topped off with an ice cream at any one of a few locations depending on the day.

  • Gala Estate

    Address:
    14891 Tasman Hwy Cranbrook TAS 7190 .

    Gala Estate are situated in the centre of Cranbrook settlement, and produce medal winning Riesling or Estate Pinot Noir.

  • Devils Corner Winery

    Address:
    1 Sherbourne Road, Apslawn TAS 7190 .

    Sit out on the deck and take in the panoramic views of the majestic Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula. Located on the East Coast, Devil’s Corner Cellar Door is more than just a place to taste our award winning wines.

    ‘The Fishers’ serve freshly shucked oysters and seafood straight from the Freycinet Marine Farm. Tombolo Café dish up pizza straight from the wood-fired oven, with espresso coffee and gelato a specialty.

    And if our new cellar door doesn’t floor you, the view from the look-out certainly will.

  • Freycinet Vineyard

    Address:
    15919 Tasman Hwy, Bicheno TAS 7215 .

    Inspired by the tremendous opportunities of the East Coast of Tasmania, Geoff and Susan Bull cleared the site in 1978, planted the first vines in 1979 and established the first commerical winery on the East Coast.  They were early pioneers in a new region which years later revealed exciting quality potential in wines.  The region now boasts over a dozen different vineyards.

    The Freycinet Vineyard and Winery is family owned with daughter Lindy Bull and her partner Claudio Radenti taking over the family tradition of gently handcrafting the wines.

  • Freycinet National Park

    Address:
    Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215 .

    Freycinet National Park is home to dramatic pink granite peaks, secluded bays, white sandy beaches and abundant birdlife. Situated on Tasmania's beautiful East Coast, the park occupies most of the Freycinet Peninsula and looks out to the Tasman Sea from the eastern side and back towards the Tasmanian coastline from the west.

    Freycinet National Park is loaded with natural assets, including the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range that dominate the Peninsula and the iconic Wineglass Bay. The short trek to Wineglass Bay lookout is a bit of a scramble, but it's well worth it for one of Tasmania's most photographed views.

    There are many more short walks across the park that are suitable for all abilities and that lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons.

  • Freycinet Air Scenic Flights

    Address:
    109 Friendly Beaches Rd, Friendly Beaches 7215 .

    Freycinet Air flights depart Friendly Beaches airport and offer a variety of flight routes including Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Schouten Island, Maria Island, Bay of Fires and Port Arthur. Freycinet Air can even customise tours to your specification on request, to locations such as Cradle Mountain and Strahan.

  • Freycinet Adventures & Aquataxi

    Address:
    2 Freycinet Drive, Coles Bay TAS 7215 .

    Freycinet Adventures offer award winning guided sea kayak tours & Aqua Taxi transfers into the heart of Freycinet National Park. Boasting Tasmania’s sunniest climate, the Freycinet Peninsula is filled with outstanding natural beauty. Pink Granite mountains, white sandy beaches and turquoise water.

    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.

    Their Aqua Taxi service provides transfer from Coles Bay to a range of drop off points within the National Park. Locations include Hazards Beach, Cooks Beach & Schouten Island. Take the aqua taxi to Hazards Beach to enjoy a flat 30 minute walk to Wineglass Bay.

  • Freycinet Marine Farm

    Address:
    1784 Coles Bay Road Coles Bay, Tasmania .

    Call into Freycinet Marine Farm, and taste some of Tasmania's best fresh seafood - enjoyed fresh on their deck or taken away. Oysters and mussels harvested fresh from their farm daily, scallops, abalone and rocklobster, salmon sourced from local fisherman.

  • Wineglass Bay Cruises

    Address:
    Jetty Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215 .

    Cruise the spectacular coastline of Freycinet National Park from Coles Bay to Wineglass Bay. Be enthralled by the stunning granite coastline, including the dramatic pink peaks of the Hazards range.

    Discover a coast dotted with sparkling white sand beaches, including Cooks and Bryans beaches, only accessible by water or a full day bushwalk. Explore the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to little penguins and short tailed shearwaters, before heading into the Tasman Sea towards Wineglass Bay. Look out for various hidden sea caves, blowholes and waterfalls amongst the sheer granite cliffs.

    Take in the sheer beauty of Wineglass Bay from the rarely seen perspective of the water, a shimmering crescent of white sand fringes spilling into glass turquoise waters. 

    Uncover the rich history of the region, including aboriginal heritage and tales of early explorers and entrepreneurs.

     

  • All4 All Terrain Tours // Freycinet

    Address:
    1 Reserve Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215 .

    ALL4Adventure delivers the perfect blend of fun and adventure in a truly unique, world class destination.

    Located in the seaside town of Coles Bay, ALL4Adventure provides an unforgettable way of experiencing the beauty and wonder of Freycinet National Park. Our vehicles let you explore otherwise inaccessible destinations within the national park.

  • Bicheno Penguin Tours

    Address:
    70 Burgess St, Bicheno TAS 7215 .

    Bicheno Penguin Tours is the best way to see penguins up close and safely without disturbing them, or hurting yourself! The penguins are accustomed to tour and lights, but loud noises and camera flashes will scare them away.

  • East Coast Natureworld

    Address:
    18356 Tasman Hwy, Bicheno TAS 7215 .

     

    Native animals in their natural habitat!

    East Coast Natureworld sits amongst 150 acres of natural parkland and lagoons. The perfect place to experience Tasmania's unique animals, birds, reptiles
    The extensive park grounds allow you to wander around at your own leisure. Wheelchair & pram friendly paths allow all to experience the uniqueness of Tasmania up close.
    A variety of food and drink is served in the Gallery Cafe. For the wildlife photography enthusiast there is an extensive display of Tasmanian wildlife photography.
    The shop has a wide range of souvenirs with a Tasmanian wildlife theme.
    Your experience begins as you are greeted by two very chatty Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, some very inquisative Wallabies and an amazing view of the lagoon.

  • Bicheno’s Glass Bottom Boat

    Address:
    46 Esplanade, The Gulch, Bicheno, Tasmania, 7215 .

    Bicheno's Glass Bottom Boat operates from Bicheno, on Tasmania's East Coast from September through April.

    The cool temperate waters offer excellent viewing of the creatures that live there and the luxuriant and rarely seen plant life is a spectacle itself. Your guide has many years of experience and can offer comprehensive and knowledgeable interpretation. Every day is different and the effect of the East Australian current is at times dramatic with many different life forms travelling in it.

  • Spring Vale Winery

    Address:
    130 Spring Vale Road Cranbrook TAS 7190 .

    Spring Vale Winery are a small 5th generation family owned vineyard, located in Cranbrook on Tasmania's stunning Freycinet Coast.

    Spring Vale grapes are grown with an in depth knowledge of our local terroir.  Intimate attention to quality and flavour, allows them to produce premium, award-winning wines at their on-site winery.

    Home to Mel's Kitchen - 

    Marquee Restaurant in the vines at Spring Vale Vineyard Cranbrook Tasmania

    We will be open Friday to Sunday. 11.30 am till 3.00 pm. For Winter trading. Bookings are advised. 

    Springvale Cellar Door is open for wine sales and tastings 11am-4pm daily.

     

  • Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre

    Address:
    53 Burgess Street, Bicheno, TAS 7215 .

     

    The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre is THE place to learn about, taste and purchase the East Coast’s amazing wines. It showcases the magnificent vineyards of the region and incorporates wine-tastings and sales from all East Coast region vineyards as well as fine Tasmanian whisky and gin and a retail gallery for Tasmanian art and design.

    A multi-use building inspired by an old farm shed, the Wine Centre is located on the southern entrance to Bicheno on the Tasman Highway. The Farm Shed is the latest venture for Subi Mead and Helen Bain who have many years’ hospitality experience, starting with the renowned cafe The Left Bank in Swansea.

  • Bicheno Blowhole

    Address:
    Douglas St, Bicheno TAS 7215 .

    The blowhole is one of Bicheno's natural wonders where you can view saltwater blasts from the top of this unique geological feature. Air is blown through a small hole at the surface due to pressure differences between a closed underground system and the surface. When the seas are pumping, the blowhole puts on a spectacular display! The 80 tonne boulder next to the blowhole rocks with the tide.

  • Darlington Vineyard

    Address:
    63 Holkham Court Orford, Tasmania 7190 .

    The dry east coast conditions and the hungry soil provide Darlington Vineyards with its unique terroir.  Personal attention to each vine and low cropping rates ensure small berries and intense flavours in their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

     

  • Devils in the Dark

    Address:
    Various locations in Bicheno .

     

    This tour is for everyone who would love to see how the nocturnal Tasmanian devil behaves after dark. It's the only way to see how devils behave in the wild and we take every effort to replicate this fascinating behaviour. This tour has been widely accepted as a trully amazing experience. 

    You are taken to a fully enclosed hide by our 'Devil Bus' where you immerse yourself in the after dark behaviour of this wonderful creature, enjoy a complementary glass of wine and feast on a cheese plate.

     

  • Freycinet Paintball

    Address:
    961 Coles Bay Road Coles Bay TAS 7215 .

    Freycinet Paintball is Tasmania's newest paintball field, located on the Freycinet Peninsula on the beautiful East Coast. Their aim is to provide an exhilarating, adrenalin-fuelled experience in a safe and natural environment.

    Whether you’re a novice or a pro you can expect to be impressed. They have 6.5 acres of playing fields consisting of realistic structures and props to set the ultimate combat scene! You can choose the open field if you’re fearless or seek solace in a bunker, trench or fort.

  • Maria Island

    Address:
    Triabunna Wharf, Charles Street, Triabunna TAS, Australia .

    The ideal combination of nature and history rewards those who seek to explore Maria Island, off Tasmania’s East Coast. After arriving on the Maria Island ferry, start your exploration at Darlington Probation Station – a World Heritage Australian Convict Site. From Darlington, continue your Maria Island discovery by weaving along the numerous trails on foot or by bike and leave your ordinary life behind.

    Spectacular cliffs wrap around the eastern side of Maria Island, providing a perfect vantage point for watching birds dive and swoop into the ocean. In season, you may even be lucky enough to spot the whales that frequent these waters during their annual migration. On the western side of the island, the Painted Cliffs are one of Maria Island’s more memorable spectacles, showcasing the power of nature in their weathered contours, where the combination of wind and waves has eroded the sandstone to reveal a striking facade.

    Maria Island is a special place where long sandy beaches, turquoise water, mountaintop vistas, abundant wildlife and a multi-layered human history come together to create a perfect island destination.​

    Whilst there is a lot to do on-island, some visitors choose not to do too much. More relaxing activities include taking in the amazing scenery, wandering around Darlington learning more about the island’s history, and wildlife watching in between. High on the list of the Park Rangers’ manageable ‘must-dos’ are the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs – both easier short walks from Darlington.

    Walk

    From a casual stroll around Darlington, to scrambling up boulders to the summit of Mount Maria, and just about everything in between, there are short walks, day walks and overnight walks to suit all levels of ability. As always, come prepared – food, water, suitable clothing, instagram account, etc. Limited untreated water is available at Darlington, French’s Farm and Encampment Cove.

    Ride

    Bring your own or hire one through us, cycling around Maria is a great way to experience this island sanctuary. Once again, choose your own adventure – flat and easy, or steep and hard-going. Apart from a few Parks and Wildlife 4×4’s, there are no vehicles on the island – though the native hens (turbo chooks) do appear to be on wheels when going at full tilt.

    To reserve a bike or bikes please book online at least 24 hours prior to your ferry departure. A limited number of bikes may be available to hire on the day of travel – please call 03 6256 4772 or enquire in person.

    Get wet

    A good amount of the north coast of the island is a marine reserve, and with that there are designated ‘fishing’ and ‘no fishing’ zones. The reserve therefore – among other spots around the island – is a great spot to explore the island’s marine environment. Pack your wetsuit, mask and fins, we’ll even lug your kayak across on the ferry so you can navigate the water, above and below.

  • Meetus Falls

    Address:
    Meetus Falls, Meetus Falls Track, Royal George TAS, Australia .

    Meetus Falls is a high waterfall situated on Cygnet River, near Lake Leake, Tasmania. As part of the Meetus Falls Forest Reserve, the short walk commences from the picnic grounds which boasts a barbecue area, and toilet facilities.  From the carpark area, the track will take you downhill to a viewing platform where you can view Meetus Falls from across the gorge.  From the viewing platform, you are showcased with panoramic views of the gorge and valley below.

    From the main track that leads to the viewing platform, another track can be taken that leads you to Cygnet River, and to the base of the cascades that make up part of Meetus Falls.

    How to get to Meetus Falls

    From the Midlands Highway (A1), drive to Campbell Town, and turn east onto the Lake Leake Highway (B34). Continue for approximately 35 km's, driving past the Lake Leake turnoff. Turn left onto McKays Rd (an unsealed road), and continue north for about 11km's. Meetus Falls is well signed.

  • Lost Falls

    Address:
    Lost Falls Creek, Lake Leake TAS, Australia .

    Lost Falls is a seasonal waterfall situated near Lake Leake, Tasmania, on Lost Falls Creek, a creek that is often dry, relying on heavy rains and snow meltage to come to life.

    The walk will take you to a viewing platform that is situated above Lost Falls, looking down into the valley which Lost Falls flows.  Another 5 minutes walk back towards the carpark area is another track that takes you to rock pools.  The rock pools, much like Lost Falls itself, are reliant on rainfall and snow for its source of water, and can vary dramatically with seasonal fluctuations.

    If this waterfall is ever lost (hence it's name), a short 15km drive north will take you to the impressive Meetus Falls.

  • East Coast Cruises

    Address:
    Triabunna Wharf, Charles Street, Triabunna TAS, Australia .

    Join us on SUPER CRUISE combining the remarkable coastline of Schouten Island, Maria Island and Ile Des Phoques. 

    Your tour will depart from the Triabunna marina and includes a 5-hour super scenic cruise of Schouten Island, Ile Des Phoques and Maria Island's stunning coastline with a 2-hour stay on the island including a gentle walk of Maria's World Heritage listed convict settlement.  Lunch is provided with your tour as a beautiful selection of salad bowls from our cafe in Triabunna.  Lunch will be enjoyed on the boat at anchor beside one of Maria Island's pristine beaches.  Local wines (Darlington Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc) and Tasmanian premium lager are also provided during lunch.  A single serve is complimentary with your tour.  Additional alcoholic drinks are $6 per serve.  A large selection of cakes are provided for morning tea from our cafe as well as complimentary water, tea, coffee, orange juice, soda water and soft drinks!

    Your super cruise will take you across Great Oyster Bay to the Schouten Passage, giving you amazing views of the Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island.  Travel around the eastern coastline of Schouten Island to Chain Locker Bay and Cape Sonnerat, where migrating Humpback Whales could be seen resting in the waters under the luminous granite cliffs.  Your cruise will also take in the sights of the the Taillefer Rocks (locally the Hen and Chicks) where resident fur seals haul out and rest on the rocks.

    Then onto the remarkable Ile Des Phoques, which has been our favourite place to cruise, swim, dive and explore ever since we began in 2007. The Ile Des Phoques (French for Island of Seals) is an absolute haven for marine life and has been declared one of the best cold water dives in the world.   Your cruise to Ile Des Phoques will include a 1hr stop to sit idle with the resident Australian fur seals.  Here you will get a chance to witness them play about the boat and hear expert commentary from our owner and skipper about the why these animals are so remarkable.   While at Ile Des Phoques we also explore the giant rainbow caves that has become a signature experience of our tours. 

    Heading south to Maria Island you will capture the stunning views of Maria Island from the north, view famous landmarks such as the Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs, spring-fed waterfalls, limestone sea caves, cliff-top stalactites, Bishop & Clerk mountain range and the stunning granite cliffs of Maria Island's east coast.  Your lunch stop will be enjoyed onboard the boat at anchor in a remote bay at Maria Island.  Complimentary non alcoholic drinks of tea, coffee, juice, soft drinks, soda water and still water are provided on the boat.  A single serve of local wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc) and Tasmanian premium lager are also provided during lunch.  Additional serves are available for purchase during lunch for $6.

    In the afternoon, both tours will dock at Darlington. The perfect way to compliment your cruise is to stretch your legs and enjoy a guided tour through Darlington’s fascinating collection of preserved convict buildings, learn about the town’s remarkable history and come face to face with Maria Island’s resident wombats.  If history is not for you, then simply soak up the sun on Darlington’s white sandy beach or swim/snorkel in the waters of Maria Island’s marine reserve.

     

  • Kings Fine Art Gallery & Tea Room

    Address:
    22 Cambria Drive, Dolphin Sands TAS, Australia .

    Prior to the move to Tasmania Laurence had over 30 years’ experience in teaching art to secondary levels. For each of the last 6 years of High School teaching, he was instrumental in the selection of students being chosen for “Art Express” the highest student art honour in NSW.

    ​His extensive artistic experience has allowed him to consistently challenge himself in developing and honing his own personal style. His daily experience in teaching for three decades means that he is not limited to a few particular techniques but a broad depth of artistic capability and understanding in multiple mediums making his professional artistic career varied and diverse.