Stanley

The Nut towers over this romantic and well-preserved historic peninsula

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Rocky Cape National Park
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Osborne Helitours - offer a selection of unique and memorable scenic flights and experiences of Stanley and the Tarkine Coast.
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Australian Fur seals
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The Nut State Reserve - Hike to the top of The Nut or take the chairlift and soak in the stunning scenery.
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Cable Station Restaurant & Accommodation
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Stanley village - The seaside town of Stanley is arguably one of Tasmania's most picturesque towns.
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Highfield Historic Site - A historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s.
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Beachside Retreat West Inlet - A secluded, waterfront hideaway with kilometres of absolute private beach frontage.
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Stanley

Region

Stanley is a romantic town sitting on a slender sliver of land jutting out into the Bass Strait on Tasmania’s northwest coast. It is remarkable for its incredibly well-preserved colonial buildings and its massive volcanic plug. The plug rises 150 metres out of the water and it dominates the small town skyline.

This heavy touristed town is perfect for a romantic getaway, but the name of the volcanic plug belies Stanley’s quaintness. Called “The Nut,” Stanley’s cheeky geological feature is what visitors remember most.

Location

Devonport is the closest big city to Stanley. It’ll take you more than 1.5 hours to drive to Stanley along the picturesque northwest Tasmanian coastline. Launceston is 225 kilometres away and nearly a 3-hour drive. Hobart, sitting on the other side of the island, is about 5 hours by car.

If you arrive into Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry, you’ll still have to hire a car and drive about 1.5 hours. Image Credit: Stanley

Stanley's Fishing

Stanley is rich in history but its importance as a port has faded through time. Now Stanley is a quaint little fishing port that relies heavily on tourism. Tourists flock to this small peninsula for its remarkable geological feature, it’s beautifully preserved colonial buildings and fresh boutique seafood.

Stanley Highlights

The Nut State Reserve, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Nut offers 360° views from the top. It is a strenuous hike that takes you 150 meters above the sea where you can marvel at Tasmania’s beautiful and rugged northwest coastline. Or you can opt to take the chairlift if the steep hike is too much. Be sure to look below for sea lions basking in the sun and tiny Penguins coming back from a day’s hunt out in the Bass Strait. Image credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

Compared to the rest of the world, Tasmania’s northwest coast is rather sparsely populated. That means the ocean waters beyond are some of the wildest and least touched marine habitats on the planet. And you can taste that unspoiled natural beauty when you order seafood in one of Stanley’s restaurants. The fish and chips alone draw seafood lovers from all over Australia.

The Nut is a remarkable geological feature. Volcanic rock spewed into the sky and called before it had time to come back down to the ground. Now this massive geological feature is a world-famous marvel.

And Stanley’s remarkably preserved colonial houses, quaint streets and beautiful views make a perfect leisure seeker’s retreat. There is plenty of peace and quiet. It’s easy to find the perfect place for reading a book to escape the frenetic pace of modern life. Image credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

Highfield House, Tasmania, Australia

Stanley Accommodations

There are a wide variety of accommodations on this tiny little peninsula. Most hotels and accommodations are quaint and you’ll find them in the shadow of The Nut. Rooms may sell out in Stanley rather quickly so be sure to book ahead of time.

Activities and Things To Do And See

The Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre is an intriguing visit to discover the history of this small sliver of land.

A historic walk-through town is also quite beautiful. Cozy little stone cottages line the streets which give Stanley a romantic feel. The former headquarters of the Van Diemen’s Land Company is a colonial architectural marvel. Stanley offers up ghost tours at night and more informative walking tours during the day.

Visit Highfield for sweeping views of Stanley’s northern beaches. Make sure to bring your camera because The Nut towers in the background. And this farming region is another quaint little area to visit during your romantic getaway.

What to Eat

Cable Station Restaurant & Accommodation , Tasmania, Australia

Stanley is renowned for its incredibly fresh fish and chips. But you don’t have to be a seafood lover to enjoy the food in this historic town. Beef from nearby Cape Grim is some of the best in the world and many of the restaurants in town are happy to cook you a juicy steak. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

History

Lord Stanley was the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the 1830’s. The town was named for him after the Van Diemen’s Land Company was granted northwest Tasmanian land in 1825. The port quickly opened in 1827 and Stanley had its first school in 1841. Soon after, in 1842, Stanley was recognised as an official town.

But the most impressive thing about Stanley’s history is that it was the site of the first telephone line from the Australian mainland in 1936. A submarine telephone cable was run from Apollo Bay to connect Tasmania with the rest of the world.

Climate

The Roaring 40s is the intense weather system that churns the entire Southern Hemisphere. Stanley sits right in the teeth of its strong westerly winds, so you are likely to encounter a bit of a breeze when visiting this historic peninsula. But there is an upside — Stanley has some of the cleanest air on the planet.

Local Tips

Be sure to take advantage of the thundering natural beauty around Stanley. You can find guided towards in town as well as scenic flights and coastal cruises. Guides are eager to take you to the nearby Tarkine Wilderness, Rocky Cape National Park and the Savage River National Park.

Osborne Helitours: Stanley and the Tarkine Coast - Tasmania, Australia

What's Nearby

The nearby temperate rainforests of the Tarkine Wilderness and the Savage River National Park are waiting to be explored. In fact, you’re likely to meet plenty of nature lovers using Stanley as a home base for exploring the natural surrounds. And just to the east, you’ll find the rugged Rocky Cape National Park. Image credit: Paul Hoelen

Where to Stay

Stanley

Beachside Retreat West Inlet

Stanley - Nort West

This Stanley vacation home is on the beach, 4.8 km from Stanley Golf Club, and within 10 km of The Nut Chairlift Stanley and Stanley Seaquarium. The Nut State Reserve and Highfield Histroric Site are also within 10 km.
This vacation home features laundry facilities, express check-out, and a garden. Self parking is free. Other amenities include barbecue grills.
Limited housekeeping is available.

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Horizon Deluxe Apartments

Stanley - North West

Situated in Stanley, this luxury apartment building is within 2 km of Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre, St James’ Presbyterian Church, and Stanley Golf Club.

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The Ark Stanley

Stanley - North West Coast

Situated in Stanley, this luxury guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Van Diemen's Land Company Store and Stanley Seaquarium.

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Hanlon House Bed and Breakfast

Stanley - North West Coast

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre and St James’ Presbyterian Church.

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Stanley Seaview Inn

Stanley - North West Coast

Situated by the sea, this motel is within 2 km of St James’ Presbyterian Church, Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre, and Stanley Golf Club.

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Stanley Village Waterfront Accommodation

Stanley - North West Coast

Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Stanley Seaquarium and Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre.

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Touchwood Cottages

Stanley - North West Coast

Situated near the beach, this cottage is steps from Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre and The Nut Chairlift Stanley. Stanley Golf Club and Stanley Seaquarium are also within 15 minutes.

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On the Terrace

Stanley - North West

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Stanley Seaquarium and Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre.

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Stanley Hotel & Apartments

Stanley - North West

Situated in Stanley, this hotel is steps from Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre and The Nut Chairlift Stanley.

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