Lisdillon Ruins
Lisdillon Ruins (photograph: Craig Vertigan)

Lisdillon Saltworks

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​Nestled on a secluded beach at Little Swanport, near Swansea on the East Coast of Tasmania, the remains of the Lisdillon Saltworks mark a significant part of Tasmania’s industrial heritage, taking its name from the estate where the Saltworks were established.

The Saltworks were established by James Radcliff using convict labour in the late 1830s and while only in operation for a short time, they were technically advanced and well constructed – so much so that the site is one of only two remaining early salt manufacture works in eastern Australia where substantial ruins can still be found. 

Expansive views over Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula beyond await visitors to Lisdillon. Equally beautiful views along Saltworks Beach and back to the mouth of Little Swanport River. Cast your eyes to the rugged headland where in days gone by you would have seen a windmill used to raise water from the sea to produce the salt. Step inside the Saltworks to uncover a significant piece of East Coast Tasmania’s history and Australia’s industrial heritage.​​​​

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