This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Swansea. To help you make friends with Swansea before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
The small town of Swansea, New South Wales, Australia, lies on Lake Macquarie, which is the largest coastal salt-water lagoon in Australia with an area of just over a hundred square kilometres. The lake is connected to the ocean by a channel passing by Swansea. Tourism, mining, fishing, and boating are the most important industries in the area.
Getting to Swansea is easy. There are regular bus services from Newcastle and Sydney. There is also an airport close by in Newcastle. Tourists visit the area for the scenic Lake Macquarie and the sandy beaches with lots of outdoor activities. The climate is mild and sunny. In summer, between December and February, the mean maximum temperatures range from twenty to twenty-two degrees Celsius. Thanks to the subtropical climate, autumn and spring are comparatively mild with maximum temperatures around eighteen degrees Celsius.
There are options for holiday apartments, hotels, and hostels in Swansea, New South Wales, Australia, to welcome tourists. In the summer holiday season, the area can become busy, and especially during weekends travelers could have problems finding spare beds in a Swansea, New South Wales, Australia hostel. If your chosen Swansea, New South Wales, Australia hostel is booked out and you are flexible, Newcastle is not far and offers numerous hostels.
The beaches in the Swansea area are very appealing. Blacksmith Beach is patrolled, very suitable for swimming, and popular with families. Catherine Hill Bay Beach is renowned for swimming, fishing, and surfing. As a former mining village, it also features an interesting former jetty for the coal industry. Caves Beach has its name from a network of sea caves. In addition, there are several well-maintained BBQ facilities and a picnic area for families. Water sports such as boating, kayaking, swimming, and sailing are very popular with locals as well as tourists. Nature enthusiasts can try out the walking track in the Wallrah National Park, which offers beautiful views of the ocean and the wildlife. Several restaurants and cafes are available, as well; some of them offer a beautiful view on the lake. For art lovers, Finite Gallery is the place to visit -- it has a frequently changing set of fine arts and crafts on display.
Written by local enthusiast for Swansea hostelsFlo