Use this laid-back Tassie village on the shores of Great Oyster Bay as your stepping stone to Freycinet National Park.

Overlooking the granite peaks of the Freycinet Peninsula, Swansea is a picturesque holiday spot by the bay. Founded as ‘Great Swanport’ in 1820, the East Coast town sits just south of the mouth of the Swan River. This friendly village is about as far from Hobart as it is from Launceston, making it the perfect rest stop along the Great Eastern Drive. Foodie alert: The region’s cool-climate wines really enhance the flavours of Swansea’s fresh oysters.