Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve is a conservation area south of Swansea on Tasmania’s east coast. The Reserve is 15 minutes’ drive from Swansea (20 kilometres/12 miles) and 90 minutes north east of Hobart (115 kilometres/71 miles).
Mayfield Bay’s sandy beach and coastal area offers good camping, fishing, swimming, surfing and diving, as well as wonderful views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula. The reserve has shady trees and toilet facilities but you will need to bring your own drinking water and camping gear. This is a great spot to break your journey along the east coast, unpack a picnic and get out your camera.
A little further north from Mayfield Bay you will find convict-built Spiky Bridge. This unusual looking bridge was built in the 1840s by a convict road gang. The bridge was built from local fieldstone with stones placed vertically along the parapet, giving the bridge its spiky appearance. It has been claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides. There are interpretation signs here which give you some good information about the nearby Rocky Hills Probation Outstation convict ruins.