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