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Stanley

Stanley is the largest settlement west of Wynyard on the northern coast. Its iconic ムNut', a volcanic plug rising 150 metres (492 feet), likened to an enormous Christmas cake by explorers Bass and Flinders. Stanley has a population of more than 450. Its main industries are fishing and tourism. For an aerobic workout Stanley-style and or to walk off the town's speciality (fish and chips) and you can climb a winding path to the windblown plateau of the Nut. Alternatively, take the chairlift to appreciate the uninterrupted views of Bass Strait. This is a great place for guided tours. The Tarkine Wilderness Area, to the south, has gained international recognition for its temperate rainforest, and you can travel there by four-wheel-drive with guides who know the area intimately. Closer to Stanley, brave Highfield Historic Site on a ghost tour at night, or wait for the safety of daylight to learn how the area's first European settlers lived. Historic tours are also offered through Stanley's streets, lined with stone cottages dating back to the town's settlement. Stanley is a good base to stay and explore the wilderness areas and take a wildlife tour. Seal-spotting cruises and penguin watching at the foot of the Nut are a must. There are bushwalks in nearby Rocky Cape National Park. Tours of Woolnorth are popular and the historic property, still operated under its original Van Diemen's Land Company charter, also has modern influences, including a large, productive wind farm. Stanley was discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1798 and was named after the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Lord Stanley. The first telephone transmission from Tasmania to mainland Australia was made in 1936 from Stanley. The town was also the birthplace of Joseph Lyons, currently the only Tasmanian to ever hold the office of prime minister. Stanley has an average maximum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) in January and 12.5 degrees Celsius (54.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in June. Stanley is an hour's drive west of Burnie on the A2. Head for the Nut and you can see it long before you reach the town..

Stanley

Stanley: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Stanley Golf Club


The Stanley Golf Club is a nine-hole coastal course at Stanley, North West Tasmania. Stanley is a classified historic town, a 20-minute drive north-east of Smithton (22 km) and a 90-minute drive west of Devonport (127 km).
A typical links-style course, the Stanley Golf Club has a relatively flat layout with watered greens and tees. The course is set among sand dunes about 10 m from the sea and has some interesting challenges including bunkers, a dam and strong Bass Strait winds. The course offers great views of the coast and Stanley's famous Nut - the remains of an extinct volcano rising 152 m from the sea.
Visitors are welcome and casual green fees are paid into an honesty box. A Men's competition is held each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and the Ladies' competition is each Wednesday and Saturday at 10am. You can enjoy a drink in the bar each weekday from 3pm, Saturday from 11am and from 3pm Sunday. Club and buggy hire, practice facilities and showers are also available. The Stanley Golf Club hosts The Nut Major Open Event each year in mid-November.
Holes: 9, Par: 66, Length: 4,706 m, Australian Course Rating: 64.




32 Marine Esplanade
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 0.9K from Stanley

Joe Lyons Cottage


Joseph Aloysius Lyons was born in this tiny workers cottage in 1879. Joe was the fifth of eight children who experienced early childhood in this humble cottage at Stanley.
Joe attended the local Stanley school and started his teaching career here before his political career in 1909.
By 1914 Joe was deputy leader, then in 1923 elected as State Premier. Joe remained premier till the party lost office in 1928, before moving into federal politics in the Scullin Labor ministry in 1929.
In 1931 Joe resigned from the Labor Party and led the newly formed United Australia Party in its successful federal campaign in December. From 1932 to his death in 1939, "Honest Joe" was Prime Minister of Australia, being the first (and only) Tasmanian to aspire to that office. Joe was also the first Prime Minister to win three consecutive federal elections.
The cottage is preserved as much as possible in the period of Joe's childhood. The static display is a tribute to the life of Joe and his equally famous wife Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the federal House of Representatives.
The cottage is currently owned by Parks and Wildlife and operated by volunteers.




14 Alexander Terrace
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 1.5K from Stanley

Touchwood Craft Gallery, Gifts and Cafe


The Touchwood Craft Gallery is located at Stanley, North West Tasmania. Stanley is a one-hour drive north-west of Burnie (78 km) and a 90-minute drive from Devonport (127 km).
The Touchwood Craft Gallery specialises in fine Tasmanian artworks. You can browse the Gallery's collection of hand-made pottery, blown glass, pewter, jewellery and fine woodcraft made from Tasmanian speciality timbers. Artisans include Barry Mousley, who is exclusively represented by Touchwood, Crickhollow Pottery, the Tasmanian Kaleidoscope Company, West Tamar Woodcrafts and Tasmanian Glassblowers, among many others. Many of the artworks are for sale and phone orders are also accepted.
Treat yourself to aromatic coffee and home-baked treats in the Touchwood Caf?. Sample freshly baked cakes, muffins or scones slathered in fresh cream and fruity jam, or enjoy a gourmet snack or light meal from the menu which features fine Tasmanian produce, including fresh local seafood.
Touchwood also offers bed and breakfast, cottage accommodation overlooking the ocean and dramatic Stanley coastline.




31 Church Street
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 1.7K from Stanley

Nut Chairlift - The


The Nut, rising 152 metres from the sea, dominates the headland that the fishing village of Stanley shelters behind. No exertion is necessary when the chairlift takes you to the top for a seagulls view of the historic town and the east and west along the coast.
The chairlift has 20 double seats and the trip takes about five minutes each way. You can get off at the summit and explore or take a non-stop round trip.
Open daily (excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday) 9.30am -5.30pm during summer and 9.30am - 4.30pm during winter.




Browns Road
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 1.7K from Stanley

Nut - The


The historic village of Stanley, in far north-west Tasmania, is nestled at the base of the Nut, a sheer-sided bluff - all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug. A walking track climbs to the summit of the Nut, or you can take the chairlift, with its spectacular views across Bass Strait beaches and over the town. There is accommodation and an excellent campground in Stanley, and the town is a good base for exploring the forests and coastlines further west. See seals, penguins, sea birds and other wildlife close to Stanley local operators offer a range of observation tours.
The town was once the administrative centre for the Van Diemen's Land Company, a royal charter company, formed in 1824 during the reign of George IV.
Highfield House, an imposing Georgian home was once the VDL Managers' residence. It is open to the public and overlooks the town below.
To reach Stanley, turn off the Bass Highway (A2) 15 km east of Smithton.




Browns Road
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 1.7K from Stanley

Stanley Seaquarium


Visit Stanley Seaquarium for some fishy fun! Located on the water's edge alongside Stanley's fishing fleet and housed in a shed originally constructed for crayfish processing, Stanley Seaquarium transforms the building into a fascinating discovery of Tasmanian sea-life.
Colourful and vibrant, the emphasis is on fun and facts as you come face to face with resident sea creatures. Did you know that Tasmanian Giant Crabs can grow to a massive 16 kilos? Come and have a closer look! In her cosy house the female octopus awaits the hatching of her eggs while nearby the Leatherjackets seem to want to chat. It's hands-on in the Rock Pool with Hermit crabs displaying their beautiful shells. From delicate seahorses to sharks and lobsters, maritime history and artefacts, shells and ships, Stanley Seaquarium provides a unique world of delight for all ages.

Our Gift-shop features toys, gifts and souvenirs with a marine theme. Local crayfish and seafood sales in season. Open daily from September until June, Weekends only in Winter.
Discounts for pre-booked groups and all concession cards.
Want to learn more? School based activity sheets can be downloaded from our website for your use. www.stanleyseaquarium.com
Companion cards excepted, wheelchair friendly, disabled toilet facilities.




Lot 1, Fisherman's Dock,
P.O Box 41
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 2.0K from Stanley

Highfield Historic Site


Highfield Historic Site offers a historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with views across to Stanley, The Nut and Bass Strait beyond. The house is being restored over time and its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables, and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden.
Edward Curr, the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Land Company, started construction in 1832, and later additions were made by John Lee Archer. The VDL settlement began in 1826 on 350,000 acres granted under Royal Charter by George IV. Today, the original farm has reduced and covers around five acres, which is open to visitors daily from 0930 - 1630 from 1 September to 31 May. During June, July and August the site is open Monday to Friday. The site is also available as a venue for weddings, meetings and artists in residence. School groups and coach groups are also welcome. Highfield is the story of success or tragedy - you decide.




143 Greenhills Road
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 2.7K from Stanley

Smithton Country Club


The Smithton Country Club is a nine-hole golf course on Tasmania's far North West Coast. Smithton is a one-hour drive west of Burnie (86 km) and a 90-minute drive west of Devonport (135 km).
A challenging nine holes awaits you at the Smithton Country Club, with numerous bunkers, trees and water hazards. This is a well maintained course with lush, gently undulating fairways rimmed with native trees and shrubs. Visitors are welcome and the club hosts regular competitions including the weekend Men's Competition (Saturday and Sunday at 1130), the Ladies Competition each Wednesday and Saturday at 0900 and the Chicken Run every Thursday during the summer months (October to March). Smithton Country Club also hosts The Bowl Major Open tournament during the Labour Day long weekend each March.
Enjoy a drink and snack in the licensed club house after your round - open each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Barbecue facilities are also available.
Holes: 9, Par: 71, Length: 5,752 metres, Australian Course Rating: 70.




17 Mella Road
Smithton, TAS, 7330

Located 17.8K from Stanley

Stanley: Events

Circular Head Show


The Circular Head traditional country show.
The Circular Head Agricultural Show is held annually in December. The Show features an animal nursery, cattle judging, show jumping, wood chopping, a dog show and judging, entertainment for children and, for older folk, hair-raising rides.
Prizes are also awarded for flower and produce displays, along with arts and crafts.
The Show is very popular and attracts visitors from Circular Head and surrounding areas.


Event Dates
2016
      3rd Dec


Hale Street,
Hale Street
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 1.3K from Stanley

Stanley: Travel Tips

Stanley Visitor Centre


Call us or drop into the Stanley Visitor Centre to collect your visitor guides, local maps, tour and accommodation bookings, Park passes, free Wi-Fi or talk to a local for some expert advice and warm country hospitality.
We are open seven days a week; Monday to Friday (0900 to 1700), Saturday and Sunday (1000 to 1600).




45 Main Road
Stanley, TAS, 7331

Located 1.4K from Stanley

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