Highfield Historic Site

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Highfield Historic Site - A historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s.
Image thanks to: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

Highfield Historic Site
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The Nut and Highfield historic site
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

Highfield Historic Site
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

The Nut and Highfield House
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The Nut from Highfield historic site
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Looking down at Stanley from The Nut

Highfield Historic Site

The Nut and Highfield historic site, Tasmania, Australia

Take a step back in time and visit the Highfield Historic Site in the northwest of Tasmania, near Stanley. Remarkably intact, the house is a gentleman’s home and farm from the 1830’s. With gorgeous views of Stanley and the popular tourist attraction ‘The Nut’, combined with the lavish gardens, the site is a pleasant visit that will fascinate history buffs and give an interesting account of an important period of Tasmania’s history. Image thanks toTourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy.

Getting There/Entry

Highfield House, Tasmania, AustraliaHighfield Historic Site is just 3km down the road from picturesque Stanley and located at 143 Greenhills Road.

Visitors are welcome daily from September through May. In June to August the site is closed on weekends. Entrance fees apply. Groups are welcome and the site is also available for events such as weddings and meetings as well. Image thanks to Wai Nang Poon.

There is one accessible toilet and some sections of the site are wheelchair accessible.

History

The Van Diemen’s Land Company (VDL) came to the region in 1826 and essentially formed the cornerstone for European settlement in northwest Tasmania. The company was granted royal permission to select unexplored territory, and Circular Head was chosen as the ideal spot given its view of the harbour and plentiful supply of fresh water.

Highfield Historic Site, Tasmania, Australia

Life was rather primitive and simple on the outset. The first settlers were no strangers to hardships and challenges, including brutal battles with the local Aboriginal settlers. Nonetheless, the land was eventually cleared and infrastructure began to take shape. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett.

In 1831, the chief agent of VDL, Edward Curr, planned for a larger homestead for his family. Construction began in 1832, adjoining the weatherboard cottage that had until that time served as Curr’s home. It was completed in 1835, with repairs, alterations, and expansions conducted in the late 1830’s and during the 1840’s.

Highfield Historic Site, Tasmania, Australia

Due to the company’s underwhelming performance, Curr was dismissed in 1842 and by the late 1840s, the company decided to sell or lease most of its holdings. In the ensuing years, the homestead was leased out and the company’s headquarters moved to Burnie. It was then sold to various owners until it was acquired in 1982 by the State Government and is now administered as an Historic Site and been extensively restored. Image thanks to Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman.

Other rooms, buildings, and landmarks as part of the homestead included the chapel (later used as a storehouse), barns (later converted to a large shearing shed), horse stables, pig sties and boiling house (later made into a slaughterhouse), cart shed, cottages, and funerary monument (for Curr’s 2 year old daughter who died tragically on property).

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Highfield Historic Site

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. The Nut Chairlift Stanley and Stanley Golf Club are also within 2 km.
Along with a bar/lounge, this smoke-free motel has laundry facilities and a garden. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.
All 13 rooms feature comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, while conveniences include refrigerators and coffee makers. Free WiFi and iPod docks are standard, as are flat-screen TVs with digital channels.

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Stanley Seaview Inn

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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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Horizon Deluxe Apartments

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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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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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