Tasmanian Wildlife – Swansea Motor Inn
Swansea Motor Inn

Tasmanian Wildlife

Swansea TAS is a spectacular holiday destination in a great natural setting on the East Coast of Tasmania. Our motel’s location on Great Oyster Bay gives us a spectacular connection to the ocean. One can regularly see dolphins playing in the water off the beach here at Swansea Motor Inn.


Tasmania has two species of whales in its waters – the southern right whale and the humpback whale. The southern right whale is among the rarest of whales, but since the end of commercial whaling its numbers have increased and whale sightings in Tasmanian waters, including Hobart’s Derwent River, are on the rise. Southern right whales migrate north along the Tasmanian coast from June to September and return southward between September and late October. Humpback whales migrate northward past Tasmania to parts of mainland Australia between May and July and return southward along the Tasmanian coast between September and November. Most whale sightings occur on Tasmania’s east coast. Frederick Henry Bay and Great Oyster Bay, and of course offshore cruising, are excellent vantage points for whale watching.

Southern Right Whale


Dolphins are a common sight in Tasmanian waters. If you stay in one of our ocean view rooms you will often seen a pod of Dolphins playing out the front in The Great Oyster Bay waters.  Bottle-nosed dolphins are prevalent in Macquarie Harbour and in waters off the Tasman Peninsula and Bruny Island. The ever risible dolphin can be a regular accompaniment to tour boats cruising any of these waters.



About the size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is found only in Tasmania. The discordant snarls, screeches and growls they make are believed to have contributed to the naming of the devil and they are often heard fighting over food and during mating.

Tasmanian Devil


Platypuses are identified by their streamlined body, webbed feet (platypus is Latin for ‘flat foot’), broad tail and characteristic duck-like bill.  Platypuses are found in slow-flowing streams, rivers and in lakes and dams. In Tasmania, platypuses are common in the lakes of the Tasmanian Central Highlands and in the rivers and streams of the south and north-west coasts. Tasmanian platypus (apart from those on King Island) are bigger than their mainland cousins.



The wombat is the largest burrowing mammal in Australia and is common in Tasmania, particularly in the north-east of the state. They are mostly nocturnal but some colonies of wombats, like those on Maria Island, are readily seen during the day. Wombat burrows may be up to 10 metres in length and 30 metres deep, with multiple entrances.



The pademelon is a stocky animal with a relatively short tail and legs to aid its movement through dense vegetation. It ranges in colour from dark-brown to grey-brown above and has a red-brown belly. The unusual common name, pademelon, is of Aboriginal derivation. The species is abundant and widespread throughout the state of Tasmania. It is very likely that you will see him while travelling around Tasmania. He is often sitting on the sides of the road as you drive along our coast road.



National Parks

Staying in our Swansea Accommodatin offers access to Tasmania’s east coast which has some of the state’s most diverse and captivating national parks. Take your time to discover the World Heritage-listed cultural sites of Maria Island meet the wombats and other local native animals that inhabit the island, walk the famous white beaches of Freycinet, Hike around Wineglass Bay and just enjoy the beauty of Tasmania.

Maria Island National Park

If you are staying at our motel, Maria Island National Park is something you should try and fit into your trip,  just off Tasmania’s east coast, Maria Island is a haven for walking and cycling, a sanctuary for wildlife, and a living record of some of Tasmania’s most compelling history.

With no cars, shops, deadlines or demands, Maria Island is the perfect place to stop, take a break and slow down. Take the ferry from Triabunna across the Mercury Passage and spend time exploring the island on foot, or by bike.  Swim at secluded beaches and bays, try snorkeling or diving in the marine reserve, go bushwalking or climb to the summit of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk. You’ll uncover the layered stories of this place—like the ancient geological record etched in in the stone at Fossil Cliffs, the convict history of the World Heritage-listed Darlington settlement, and the intertwining stories of the many people that have been drawn to Maria over generations.

Freycinet National Park

Swansea Motor Inn offers views over the Freycinet Peninsula and is a great base to explore Freycinet and Wineglass Bay.

Sticking out into the sea on Tasmania’s mild east coast is the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula.

Freycinet National Park is on of Tasmania’s oldest, best known and most loved national parks.

Characterised by the rugged granite mountains, coastal forests, clear oceans and fine white beaches of the Freycinet Peninsula, Freycinet National Park offers some of the state’s best bushwalking, wildlife encounters and coastal activities. Take one of the many great walks in the Park—from the short walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout to multi-day walking and camping experiences. Take a cruise or sea kayaking tour to explore the coastline and encounter the Park’s incredible bird and aquatic life.

When you’ve finished exploring Freycinet National Park, you can choose from a range of fantastic east coast accommodation close by, and experience the best regional food and wine, right on the edge of this wonderful coastal wilderness.

Book Your Accommodation Today
“Simply sensational is the only way to describe Swansea Motor Inn’s beach front accommodation on Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay.” Anne - AUSTRALIA
“Our rooms were clean and tidy. Owners were very friendly and helpful. We loved our ground floor ocean view. Sad that we couldn't stay longer. Centrally located & easy driving distance to Freycinet National Park and local vineyards” Jen - Brisbane
“Most enjoyable. This was nearing the end of our 10 day touring holiday in Tasmania and we were made most welcome. All this made for a comfortable and enjoyable stay right on the beach.”Suzanne - Melbourne