The Nut Chairlift, Stanley, Tasmania © Lusy Productions
One day in the Tasmanian town of Stanley
Tucked below steep slopes and wild waters, Stanley is a quaint fishing village rich in colonial history.
Located on Tasmania’s north-west coast, Stanley is a town where you can step back in time. Established in one of the most remote corners of Tasmania, the village has retained its colonial charm. Stroll streets lined with perfectly preserved stone cottages, tuck into local seafood and climb the steep slopes of The Nut for breathtaking 360-degree views of the rugged coastline.
10 am: Stanley is located at the base of The Nut, an impressive sheer-sided bluff and the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. For the best views in town, climb 152 metres (500 feet) along the steep path to the top, or take the chairlift for a more relaxed way to take in the sweeping views.
11 am: You can’t visit Stanley without exploring its history. Your first stop should be the Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre, where local historical items – such as farming utensils from settlement days and an 1850 wedding dress – are displayed. Next, visit the Highfield Historic Site, where you’ll find the beautifully restored 1830s homestead with barns, stables, convict barracks, a chapel and a large ornamental garden.
12:30 pm: For lunch, take advantage of Stanley’s renowned seafood at Hursey Seafoods. Take your pick from the likes of scallops, crayfish, lobster and abalone. If you prefer meat, you can’t go past the grass-fed beef sourced from nearby Cape Grim.
2 pm: Marvel at Stanley’s rocky coastline from either the air or water. Choose a scenic flight for a bird's eye view, or board a boat tour to sail along the misty foreshore. You may even spot fur seals and dolphins from your cruise.
4 pm: Wander along Church Street to take in the charm of this quiet village. Along the way, you’ll find providores, antiques and gift shops.
6 pm: Head to Stanley Hotel Bistro for dinner and drinks. Expect a menu of locally sourced produce and fresh, clean flavours.
8 pm: It’s time to relax at your accommodation for the night. Stanley has some great options, including Stanley Seaview Inn with views overlooking the town, the historic Ship Inn and stylish waterfront luxury at @VDL.