Cygnet Things to Do
Wooden homes are a distinguishing feature of Cygnet, which also boasts one of Australia's oldest houses of worship in St James Catholic Church which was built in 1840.
The area is blessed with safe swimming beaches which also attract some anglers.
Local attractions include cherry orchards, gemstone fossicking fields, craft shops displaying some of Tasmania’s finest classic clocks, the Hartzview Vineyard and the Talune Wildlife Park (not to be confused with Tahune Forest) which features a range of native animals including the Tasmanian devil and koalas.
Some of the characters on show at the festival are shown here, the shirt in pic 3 is sort of indicative of what some are like, i.e. up front but non-threatening.
The opening shot shows two of the Foley Artists, a talented young group who also busk at Salamanca.Related to:
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Other stuff, including pubs
Though there are some architectural delights in Cygnet there aren't that many. One that I do remember but don't seem to have taken a picture of it the top pub.
Now, I should explain; there are three pubs in Cygnet, colloquially titled the Top Pub, Middle Pub and Bottom Pub. During my short stay here the latter hosted the biker fraternity where leather coats were de rigueur.
The Upper Pub is in the less-busy part of the village but has recently been sold and the new owners are undertaking renovations.Related to:
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Some bare facts
In addition to hosting the festival in mid January for nearly three decades, the village has some history.
The normally quiet town is centrally located in a fruit growing area and is also now favoured by baby boomers and artists.
Originally named in 1793 by French navigator Admiral Bruny D’Entrecasteaux during a voyage in search of the missing explorer Compte Jean de la Perouse (another famous Frenchman whose name can be found in southern Sydney these days), Cygnet these days is home to less than a thousand people.
Taken by the number of black swans in the bay, the Frenchman used his own language to name the inlet Port de Cygne Noir (Black Swan Port) which was later anglicised to Cygnet.Related to: