Swansea is home to colonies of short tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) and fairy penguins. The nearby Freycinet National Park has quolls, wallabies, possums and Tasmanian Devils. Offshore, there are dolphins, whales and seals.
In 2007, Swansea's community spirit was recognised as winner of the National Tidy Towns Tidy Towns. In May the Biannual From France to Freycinet Festivalis held to celebrate the voyage of Nicholas Baudin to the area in the early 1800s.