The Nut in Stanley

Soak up in the glorious views of Stanley and the surrounding farmland.

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

The historic village of Stanley, in far north west Tasmania, is nestled at the base of The Nut, a sheer-sided bluff - all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug.

The Nut Chairlift - Hike to the top of The Nut or take the chairlift and soak in the stunning scenery.

The Nut
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook

Highfield Historic Site
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Highfield Historic Site offers an historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with views across to Stanley, the Nut and Bass Strait beyond.

Touchwood Cottages
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Cable Station Restaurant & Accommodation
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The Nut in Stanley

The Nut, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Nut is a top attraction to visitors that come to this distant part of northwest Tasmania, near the historic village of Stanley. The Nut is the remains of an ancient volcanic plug with a large, mostly flat surface that can be circumnavigated on foot (hence its original name, Circular Head). Image thanks to Wai Nang Poon.

Two options exist for arriving at the top of the Nut and soaking in the glorious views of nearby Stanley and the surrounding farmland. The walking track will take about 10-20 minutes to navigate and is considered best for those who like an athletic challenge since it is rather steep and you will be climbing the full 152 meters to get to the summit. Alternatively, you may opt for the chairlift, which rises up 95 meters and goes a distance of 250 meters. The ride lasts a swift 5 minutes, with plenty of fantastic photo opportunities along the way. Take note that the chairlift operates 7 days a week for most of the year, but check the weather in advance. It is non-operational during high winds and in late-June to late-August. There is a fee for taking the chairlift.

The Nut Chairlift, Tasmania, AustraliaOnce at the top, you will be greeted by 360 views of the surrounding area and are free to explore the plateau. The circuit track is a moderate walk and takes approximately 1 hour. Stop and capture breathtaking views of Stanley, the neighboring farmland, Bass Strait, and the Rocky Cape National Park. Take your time exploring, as there are plenty of lookouts and places to sit, as well as information provided along the way. Image thanks to Wai Nang Poon.

General Info/Tips

Toilets and café are at the car park. Picnic, electric barbecue, and disabled access available. Grade Level 3.

Getting There

Nearby Stanley is approximately 4 hr 45 min (404 km) from Hobart, 2 hr 40 min (225 km) from Launceston, and 1 hr 35 min (125 km) from Devonport.

Stanley & Nearby Attractions

Cable Station Restaurant & Accommodation , Tasmania, AustraliaVisitors to the Nut can easily rest their head at any number of available accommodations in Stanley (campgrounds included), as well as grab a bite to eat. Seafood lovers will want to indulge a bit in this celebrated fishing village. Church Street is the place to go when in search of cafes, galleries, pubs, restaurants, and gift shops. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett.

The town is also an excellent base for visitors heading further west. Those seeking refuge in a wilderness getaway will be delighted with the abundance of wildlife in the region, including seals, penguins, sea birds and more.

Highfield House, Tasmania, AustraliaHighfield House, an impressive Georgian home managed by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, is open to the public and overlooks the town. Nearby convict barracks (circa 1834) offer another terrific photo opportunity. Image thanks to Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

For a lazy afternoon on the town beach, swing by King Park and enjoy the views.

Where to Stay

The Nut in Stanley

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. The Nut Chairlift Stanley and Van Diemen’s Land Company Store are also within 3 km.
This smoke-free apartment building features laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include free breakfast.
Each apartment boasts a jetted tub and offers free WiFi and a kitchen. An LCD TV with satellite channels and a DVD player provide a bit of entertainment, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like an espresso maker and bathrobes.

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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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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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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.

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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 Cabin & Tourist Park

Stanley - North West Coast

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre, The Nut Chairlift Stanley, and Stanley Seaquarium.

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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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