STANLEY is a pretty, historic port at the base of a famous plateau called the Nut. It is a tourist town with many facilities, some accommodation and many shops. It also boasts a famous seal tour and is famous for its lobsters. You can access the Nut on a chair lift, if you are not fit enough to climb it. On the Nut is an interesting walk with great views of the Stanley area. There is a museum and aquarium at Stanley, plus some great beaches. Adjacent to Stanley is the Highfield Mansion. This is a first class, historic estate.
Stanley is situation on a small peninsula in north west Tasmania. It is fairly close to Smithton and Rocky Cape.
HIGHFIELD MANSION is on the western side of Stanley,
DIP FALLS is south of Stanley.
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FACILITIES: There is a shopping precinct at Stanley. There are no facilities at either Highfield Estate or near Dip Falls. There is some accommodation at STANLEY.
TOURIST information is located at 45 Main Road, Stanley. The telephone is (03) 6458 1330 or contact www.stanley.com.au
A number of tours start from the Stanley. The group information site is www.stanley.com.au Others are the:
SEAL CRUISE contact www.stanleysealcruises.com or the telephone is (03) 6458 1294
OSBOURNE AVIATION does helicopter flights over Stanley and the coast. Telephone (03) 6458 3434
WEST COAST tours telephone (03) 6458 2038
TARKINE AIR & GROUND tours from SMITHTON contact www.talltimberhotel.com.au or telephone (03) 6452 2755.
SIGHTS: Stanley is a lovely historic town with many attractions. It is also a good place from whence to explore the northern Tarkine or the north west coast. The locally caught lobsters are a great culinary attraction. The attractions of Stanley include the;
BEACHES both east and west of the town are first class,
HIGHFIELD mansion in Green Hills Road west of Stanley is a major historic site, (03) 6458 1100
LYONS Cottage is in Alexander Terrace. The Tasmanian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons was born here, (03) 6458 1145
HIGHFIELD mansion in Green Hills Road west of Stanley is a major historic site, (03) 6458 1100
MUSEUM in Church Street has the history of Stanley, (03) 6458 2091
NUT is a 150 metre high volcanic plug. It is visible from 20 kilometres away. You can either walk up it on a steep track near the old post office or you can catch the chair lift. The views from the top are a spectacular, (03) 6458 1286
SEAQUARIUM has great fish tanks to see: (03) 6458 2052
- Stanley's Nut
- Dip Falls
- Crayfish Creek
1/ The Nut dominates the historic, port town of Stanley in north west Tasmania. The Nut is about 200 metres high and about one kilometre long. To the left of the Nut, on the distant horizon, is Rocky Cape.
2/ The northern approach to Stanley is down Green Hills Road, which is lined with lovely Norfolk pines. To the left of the road is Godfreys Beach.
3/ There is a cafe at the base of the Zig Zag Track, which takes you to the top of the Stanley Nut. There is also a chair lift for those who don't want to do the climb.
4/ This is the view from the top of the Stanley Nut chair lift. Beyond it is the town of Stanley. The chair lift was not operating that day, due to the heavy winds.
5/ The track around the Stanley Nut is about 2 kilometres long. This is the view from the Tatlows Beach lookout.
6/ This view shows you the 200 metre drop to the sea below. A cloud of fog can be seen approaching the Nut.
7/ This is a telephoto view of Rocky Cape taken from near the Rocky Cape lookout of the Stanley Nut.
8/ To my surprise I discovered that there was a small, forest grove on the Stanley Nut hidden in a shallow valley. This protects its trees from the heavy winds.
9/ This photo shows the Stanley Nut track passing through the forest grove. There were many wallabies in this grove.
10/ This photo shows the southern part of Stanley near Tatlows Beach.
11/ This shows the view down from the Fisherman's Wharf lookout of the Stanley Nut. Stanley once housed a much larger fishing fleet than it does today.
12/ This is the view from the Highfield lookout of Stanley Nut. On the horizon beyond Godfreys Beach, you can see the historic Highfield Estate.
1/ Dip Falls is a large water fall about 40 kilometres south east of Stanley in north west Tasmania. Just beyond Dip Falls is a eucalyptus forest reserve with giant trees. Both attractions are very easy to access from Stanley.
2/ The creek at the top of the Dip Falls is deceptively calm.
3/ You must walk down a long flight of stairs to get to the base of Dip Falls. However, there is an easy viewing at the top of the falls for those less intrepid.
4/ This is the torrent pouring down the upper drop of Dip Falls. This photo was taken from the upper viewing platform. Note the full grown trees to the left for a size comparison. This drop is about 60 metres.
5/ This photo shows a distant view of the lower drop of Dip Falls. Note the figure on the right for a size comparison.
6/ The lower drop at Dip Falls is about 20 metres. You can see the upper drop in the distance in the middle. Note that this photo was taken when the flow was quite small.
7/ This is the creek at the base of the lower falls. The water meanders off Dip Falls as a gentle stream.
8/ Just one kilometre south of the Dip Falls is the easy walk to the giant eucalypt trees. It is well worth a visit.
9/ The photo shows a fallen giant disappearing into the forest. Note the saplings and man ferns beside it.
10/ Near the giant were these two impressive monarchs. They show how grand the Dip Falls area once was.
11/ This is the base of the forest giant. The two figures should help you to appreciate its size. Once there were many more such giants at Dip Falls.
12/ This is the view to the canopy above. I estimated that the tree top was 80 metres skyward above the base platform. It is a truly awesome experience to touch such magnificent, forest giants.
1/ Stanley is a historic town in north west Tasmania. There is much else to see in Stanley besides the Nut. This photo shows Main Road, which is the old commercial area of the town. On Main Road of Stanley you will find restaurants, galleries and boutique shops.
2/ This Victorian era hotel looks down on the residential area of Stanley.
3/ The shops in Main Road, Stanley have been restored to their 19th Century glory.
4/ This photo shows the variety of quaint 19th Century shops that you will discover in Stanley.
5/ This photo shows a former 19th Century bank.
6/ This emporium shows that Stanley was once a thriving port town.
7/ Next to the Emporium is this genuine, Victorian post office with an old telephone box outside it.
8/ The streets of Stanley are replete with pretty Victorian cottages. The Nut is just to the left.
9/ Many Stanley, cottages border onto the Nut.
10/ This photo shows cottages on Alexander Avenue, Stanley. Behind them is the Nut. The historic cottage of the Tasmanian Prime Minister Lyons is in this street.
11/ This quaint church is near the Stanley cemetery.
12/ Stanley Cemetery is replete with ancient graves. It looks down on Godfreys Beach.
13/ The dock area was once the industrial heart of Stanley. Here you can see the old railway station.
14/ In the dock area you will find this cafe from where you can book the famous Stanley Seal Cruise.
15/ Hursey's Seafoods is a great place to sample fresh lobster caught by the Stanley fishing fleet.
16/ The Stanley dock is a large area, as once the fishing fleet was much larger than it is today. It lies at the foot of the Nut, which you can see on the left.
17/ Behind these two boats you can see the large green Sea Aquarium building. Beyond it is the edge of the Nut.
18/ The historic Cable Station is some kilometres from the town of Stanley. It now caters for guests.
19/ From the Stanley Cable Station you can see this spectacular view of Bass Strait.
1/ Highfield Estate is a major historic asset of Stanley. It overlooks the Nut and the town of Stanley. It was very recently restored.
2/ This shows the Highfield Estate from the Stanley side.
3/ This path was the master's approach to Highfield Estate. Once horse transport carried people to the front door and then continued on to the stable to the right.
4/ This was the servants approach to the Highfield Estate of Stanley. It leads straight to the working area.
5/ Just beyond the servants gate of Highfield Estate was this cottage of a free settler. Notice how it is decorated by these two old palms.
6/ This photo shows the court yard of Highfield Estate in Stanley. This is where the work was done by the servants in years gone by. Everything you see in this image is 19th Century.
7/ This photo shows a barn on the edge of the Highfield Estate at Stanley.
8/ A horse grazes in a paddock adjacent to the Highfield Estate. To me the scene looked very 19th Century like.
9/ These two Georgian cottages near Highfield Estate of Stanley are now restored and leased to tourists.
10/ This photo shows a ruined building near the Highfield Estate of Stanley. It shows that many buildings have not survived the centuries.
11/ This photo looks out from the house over the former lands of the Highfield Estate to the south of Stanley.
1/ Crayfish Creek is a about 10 kilometres east of Stanley in northwestern Tasmania. The famous Tasmanian giant yabbie (or crayfish) can be seen here. There is a beach and fun activities on the creek for guests. For accommodation at Crayfish Creek click on any photo or go to www.crayfishcreekecoaccommodation.com.au
2/ Crayfish Creek is subject to great tidal movements. Note the difference between the high and low tide in these two photos taken at the same place.
3/ The caravan park at Crayfish Creek has a variety of accommodation styles including this spa tree house suite.
4/ Crayfish Creek offers both walks and beach bathing activities.
5/ This photo shows a water accessed property near Stanley in a lovely reflective mood.
6/ This is Port Latta Beach. It is located between Crayfish Creek and Stanley. On the horizon is Rocky Cape.
7/ This is an aerial view of Crayfish Creek looking towards Rocky Cape on the horizon.