Stanley & The NutNorth West Tasmania

by Roger Findlay

Stanley Tasmania: the dominant geographical feature of this quaint town on the north west coast is The Nut, an ancient volcanic landform rising above the ocean.

When visiting Stanley, you should allow at least a full day. You may wish to spend time in the historic grounds of Highfield to learn the history of the Van Diemen’s Land Company. Or you could investigate some of the other things to do in the region.

Climbing The Nut in Stanley

At 150 metres above sea level, The Nut is not that high. The summit can be accessed by cable way or by walking a steep concrete path.

Stanley - Climbing The Nut
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Roger climbs The Nut: Stanley, north west Tasmania

If you’re the fit type, the walk would be a comfortable fifteen minutes while for others it would be a lot of huffing and puffing and sore legs in the morning. Magnificent views of the beach, ocean and the township of Stanley are the reward for reaching the summit.

Stanley - North West Tasmania
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Magnificent views:  township of Stanley from The Nut

The Nut is like a grassed table top and it is well worth walking the perimeter pathways where the ocean views continually change.

Seafood in Stanley

Being a fishing town, Stanley has an excellent fish café and wet fish outlet. As a reward for climbing The Nut, we chose to buy and cook a feast of scallops and fish at a park alongside the beach.

Stanley - Scallops
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Feast of scallops from fishing port of Stanley, Tasmania

The crayfish have to be some of the best I’ve seen and give me good reason to visit the area again. I may need to rob a bank first though, as the big crays were about $150 each!

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Crayfish: straight from the seaside: Stanley

From the Editor: our thanks goes to Janette Bishop, owner of Beachside Retreat West Inlet in Stanley for the assistance given to Think Tasmania. We’ll soon have a page dedicated to the websites of Tasmanian regional groups.

Contact Think Tasmania for more details.

Stanley - Accommodation
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Click image:  accommodation (Stanley)

If you decide to stay overnight in Stanley to discover North West Tasmania in more detail, there are lots of accommodation options catering to every taste and budget. Thanks to all the operators from the region offering support to Think Tasmania. We really appreciate the feedback.

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Map of Stanley Tasmania