Black swan and cygnets, Australian Geographic

Population 840

Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir by French admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux – after the black swans in the bay. However, in 1915 two local troopers were assaulted in a pub brawl and, in an attempt to avoid eternal infamy, the town name was changed to Cygnet. Now it is a fruit-growing and alternative-lifestyle community. In spring, the surrounding area blooms with magnificent wattle, apple and pear blossom.

Visitor Information

Huon River Jet Boats and Visitor Centre, The Esplanade, Huonville; (03) 6264 1838

Nearby national parks

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

  • Tasman National Park

    Comprising a narrow coastal strip along the east and south of Forestier and Tasman peninsulas and several offshore islands, Tasman National...more

Nearby towns

  • Geeveston

    Geeveston, on the cusp of enormous Southwest National Park, is driven by thriving timber and forestry industries, and slow-moving timber...more

  • Huonville

    Huonville produces more than half of Tasmania's apples and is surrounded by blossoming fields of apples, cherries, plums, pears, berries...more

  • Kettering

    The area around Kettering, in the state's south-east, was first explored in 1792 by Bruni D'Entrecasteaux, after whom the surrounding...more

In Town

Living History Museum: memorabilia, historic photos; open Thurs–Sun; Mary St.

Trading Post: antiques, second-hand treasures and collectibles; Mary St.

Town square: Presbytery, Catholic church (with stained-glass windows dedicated to lost miners) and convent; popular photo spot.

Phoenix Creations: turns recycled materials into one-off furniture and crafts; Mary St.

Near and Far: handcrafts and gifts; Mary St.


Birdwatching: black swans and other species inhabit Port Cygnet; viewing areas off Channel Hwy.

Wineries: many including Hartzview Wine Centre, known for pinot noir, ports and liqueurs. There are cellar-door tastings and sales; Gardners Bay; 10 km SE.

Beaches: good boat-launching facilities and beaches at Randalls Bay (14 km S), Egg and Bacon Bay (15 km S) and Verona Sands (18 km S).

Nine Pin Point Marine Nature Reserve: reef; near Verona Sands; 18 km S.

Fishing: sea-run trout and brown trout from the Huon River; west and south of town.

Berry orchards: orchards with pick-your-own sales.

Fishing spots near town

The Springs 37 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more

Salmon Ponds 45 km

Most Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tahune AirWalk 29 km

Located 29 kilometres from Geeveston, this unashamed public relations exercise for Forestry Tasmania starts on the serpentine drive out to the AirWalk, where signs clearly state when an area was last logged. There are... Find out more

Mount Wellington Walks 32 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more

Salamanca Market 36 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more

Island Cycle Tours 37 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 48 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more

Tasmania Golf Club 51 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Lotus Eaters Cafe

Food critics consistently applaud this contemporary casual eatery, and for good reason. There’s no set menu because dishes are inspired by the day, the season and the abundance of local produce. Sometimes that... Find out more

The Red Velvet Lounge

Cygnet has become a foodie’s destination in the last few years and this is the place that started it. It’s part boutique food store, part funky eclectic cafe/restaurant, with a clientele of knowing gourmets,... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 34 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more

Moo Brew 41 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more

Two Metre Tall Company 48 km

Ashley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cygnet Holiday Park

Cygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more

Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 8 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more

Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 8 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more

Dover Beachside Tourist Park 18 km

This popular beachside caravan park has everything from cabins and campsites to wifi access, and it ticks all the boxes for family fun. The kids will love the playground and the sheltered beach across the road,... Find out more

Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area 21 km

Beside the Esperance River, these forest campsites have fireplaces, soft, mossy ground and a babbling brook to lull you to sleep after your walk to Duckhole Lake or Adamsons Falls nearby. You will need to carry your gear... Find out more

Arve River Picnic Ground camping area 22 km

Along the Arve Rd, 14 km west of Geeveston, this streamside picnic and camping area is tucked away in a forest reserve beside the pretty Arve River. There are lovely spots to put up your tent among the ferns, as well as... Find out more

Bush camping (walk-in camping) 25 km

Walk-in bush camping is allowed almost anywhere in the park, except close to roads, in day-use areas or around Osborne and Esperance lakes and Ladies Tarn. You will need to be self-sufficient: bring drinking water and a... Find out more

Neck Reserve camping area 26 km

The Neck is a narrow, sandy isthmus joining north and south Bruny. Halfway along it is a must-see lookout with 360-degree views, and at night the sand dunes below come alive with penguins. The camping area is sheltered... Find out more

Tahune camping area 29 km

In the forest beside the Tahune AirWalk carpark, there are a handful of sites where you can set up camp in a campervan or caravan to enjoy this magnificent riverside forest and its teetering, cantilevered canopy walkway.... Find out more

Cloudy Corner camping area 35 km

At the far end of Cloudy Bay, this isolated campsite is accessible only to 4WD vehicles and involves driving 3 km along the beach at low tide. Camping is a short walk from the beach. The creek water must be boiled or... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 18 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 41 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more

New Norfolk Caravan Park 42 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Barilla Holiday Park 47 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more

White Beach Tourist Park 54 km

This popular, quality park is only 10 minutes from historic Port Arthur. The park has good facilities and large shady trees. It is very busy during holiday periods and bookings are required at these times.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cygnet Bay Waterfront 

Set in an idyllic location on the water’s edge, this peaceful and exclusive retreat is a private two-bedroom ground-floor apartment in a three-storey country house. Guests have exclusive use of this modern, light-filled... Find out more

Cygnet Hotel

Known locally as the ‘top hotel’, this well-loved country pub has classy refurbished heritage rooms and a warm and welcoming atmosphere at a budget price. If the collection of games and books in the guest... Find out more

Hartzview Vineyard

This Federation-style two storey homestead in the rolling green hills of Hartzview vineyard is available for exclusive occupancy, so guests can be assured of complete privacy. There is room for six in self-contained... Find out more


This modern, riverside house with three bedrooms, polished floors and light-filled windows is in a serene location next to the Huon Estuary, looking across to southern Tasmania’s distant forests and wilderness... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 11 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

New Norfolk park area 42 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Gretna park area 54 km

At Gretna

Under shady trees next to the sports oval and fire station.

What's on around town

Cygnet Folk Festival: music, dance and art festival; Jan.

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