Don't overlook the town of Swansea. It was older than its neighbours, the more popular tourist destinations of Bicheno and St Helens and its convict and garrison town heritage is reflected in its georgian buildings.
It has a country town atmosphere and won the Australia wide Tidy Towns competion of 2007
"Camping and Fishing"
Most side roads leading off the main road toward the water will end in secluded spots to spend an afternoon wetting a line or a few days camping. The road to Dolphin Sands, north of Swansea has about half a dozen these spots, some have a toilet block, some are more spartan, but all are in delightful spots for those who want to relax.
South of the town is Mayfield camping ground, next to a sheltered, white sandy bay under the cliffs near Spiky Bridge. The local Progress Association asks for a donation of $2 for the use of the tolet and shower facilities and barbeques, a bargain when you realise that anywhere else in the world, this would be the site of a mega resort. get in early during the summer though, this one fills up fast.
In the centre of Swansea is a bait and tackle shop. Ask the owner to tell you where the fish are biting and what they are biting on.
The people of Swansea are proud of their town and this is reflected in the high quality colonal style bed and breakfast accomodation and the fascinating historical society next to the church on the hill which opens its displays to visitors several days a week. There is also a musuem, but I have not heard good reports of its atractions.