If you’re looking for unique wildlife in Tasmania…then you’ve come to the right place! At Beauty point there is Seahorse World and Platypus House. Seahorse World, a working seahorse farm, gives you unique access to these magical creatures.

An educational tour will lead you through The Cave of the Seahorse, working Seahorse Farm and the Wonders of the Southern Ocean Aquarium, ending with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a beautiful seahorse in the palm of your hand!

Platypus House offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch live Tasmanian Platypuses and Echidnas in daylight conditions and undercover. Tasmanian Platypuses and Echidnas are unique and simply amazing – and for wildlife in Tasmania, they’re almost unbeatable.

Both are must-see animals that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Join an unforgettable fun and educational tour suitable for all ages and watch them actively feeding and playing as you wander through the platypus ponds and echidna garden.

If you would like to see wild platypuses, The Tasmanian Arboretum just down the road from Glencoe Guesthouse in Spreyton is one of the best places in Australia to see platypus in the wild.

They can’t guarantee you will see them but every guest that has gone there has seen several platypus. There are a lot of platypus around the local area in the numerous dams and, unfortunately, they often get hit by cars when they cross roads to go to a new dam.

There are several areas to view penguins just a short drive from Glencoe B&B. Friends of Burnie Penguins provide a free interpretative guided experience to visitors to the Burnie Little Penguin colony.

You will have an opportunity for an intimate view into the seasonal life of penguin families from courtship, through to chick rearing and to moulting adults at the end of the breeding season. Just another example of our diverse wildlife in Tasmania.

The colony is located along the foreshore in Burnie and you can walk to the Penguin Observation Centre along a boardwalk.

The viewing area is level with wheelchair access and is child friendly. Knowledgeable volunteer guides talk to you about the penguins, answer questions and help you view and photograph penguins (without flashes) as they go about their normal activities.

You will find the guides for the evening at the Burnie Penguin Observation Centre at dusk, nightly from October 1st until March 31st, regardless of the weather.

Penguin Town. Once upon a time this beachside escape used to be a timber town, but now it’s one of Tasmania’s best places to get your penguin fix!

A photo with the ‘Big Penguin‘ by the beach is a must, and keep your eyes peeled for the little Fairy Penguins that decorate the rubbish bins around town.

wildlife in Tasmania - fairy penguinsThere are a few beaches within walking distance of Penguin, and from what we’ve heard your best bet for spotting one at dusk is to head toward the southern end of Penguin Beach, or the next beach over (to the east).

The closest penguin colony to Glencoe Guesthouse is Lillico Beach. Lillico Beach is a coastal reserve and penguin colony ten minutes west of Devonport.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service manage the conservation area, with the support of the ‘Friends of Lillico Penguins’.

Lillico beach is a pebbly coastal strip and is home to a colony of Little Penguins, also known as Fairy Penguins.

Penguin viewing from the viewing platform is generally between September to April. Volunteer Friends of Lillico Penguin guides (2 or 3) are on the platform each night during the season to guide and educate you on the little penguins.

All the guides have appropriate red light torches on hand (for the penguins safety no visitor torches, and no camera flash use please).

These are some of the popular animal encounters to be experienced in our area, but there is much more wildlife in Tasmania…so come and chat to us at Glencoe B&B.

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