Located on the tip of a peninsula
on the north-west coast of Tasmania, the historic
town of Stanley is known for its beautifully preserved
colonial buildings, craft shops, art galleries
and cafes. The main attraction is the steep volcanic
plug known as 'the Nut'.
Stanley makes the ideal base from
which to explore local wilderness areas. Start
off with a seal spotting cruises, or watch the
penguin parade at the base of the Nut. Rocky Cape
National Park offers visitors numerous bush walks.
Highfield Historic Site
Highfield gives an insight to how
the area’s first European settlers lived.
Located just 2 km north of Stanley, Highfield
Historic Site, includes the homestead built in
1837 for the headquarters of the Van Dieman's
Land Company which planned to establish a fine
merino wool industry as well as a large grazing
operation. The site also includes original workers'
cottages, barns, stables, barracks, schoolhouse
and a chapel nearby. Highfield Historic site is open daily from Sept - May, reduced hours June - Aug.
Tarkine Wilderness Area
Nearby is another famous landmark
just to the south is the Tarkine Wilderness Area.
It has received international recognition for
its temperate rainforest.
Stanley is famous for its distinctive landmark
'The Nut’, an ancient volcanic plug rising
150 metres, discovered by the explorers Bass and
Flinders in 1798. It is possible to walk to the
top of The Nut via a steep track, alternately,
take the chairlift and enjoy uninterrupted views
of Bass Strait.
The Nut also offers several opportunities
for bird watching with many species including
migratory birds such as shearwaters and orange
bellied parrots, as well as kestrels and colonies
of fairy penguins.
Stanley has an average maximum temperature
of 20 degrees Celsius in January and 12.5 degrees
Celsius in June.
You can get to Stanley with
an easy 1 hour’s drive from Burnie on the
Burnie Airport offers air access
to Melbourne, King Island and Devonport. Buses
and car-hire facilities are available at the airport.
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