Stanley is home to a collection of quaint colonial buildings and stylish cafes nestled in the shadow of the Nut, a distinctive volcanic landmark. Where oceanfront meets Tarkine wilderness, Stanley is known for its famous fish and chips, heritage sites and volcanic views.
Things to do
Looking for adventure? Journey up to the Nut to see an ancient volcanic plug. Take the five-kilometre hike to the top or ride the chairlift while enjoying superb panoramic countryside views. At the top, you can stroll two kilometres around the plateau, cook a barbecue at one of the picnic areas or grab a coffee from the Nut Cafe.
Learn how the first European settlers lived at the Highland Historic Site and take a daytime tour of the restored Regency complex, where you’ll get to explore barracks, stables, a chapel and ornamental gardens. Those looking for a spookier experience can go on a nighttime ghost tour.
Visit the Stanley Seaquarium and embark on a journey through Tasmanian sea life to see seahorses and sharks up close. Browse the local maritime history exhibits and artefacts and take home a marine-themed souvenir from the gift shop.
For a dose of culture, go on the self-guided Stanley Heritage Walk. Journey through 15 iconic sites, including the Marine Park, where the town’s most famous writer and artist Meg Eldridge grew up in the 1920s. In addition, you will also be able to visit the iconic Bay View Hotel, Burial Ground and Captain’s Cottage.
It’s less than a 1.5-hour drive from Stanley to Devonport Airport. The easiest way to get around the area is by car.
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