Stanley is the second-last major township on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Smithtonbeing the larger township in the Circular Head municipality. The most distinctive landmark in Stanley is The Nut, an old volcanic plug discovered by the explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798, who named it Circular Head. It has steep sides and rises to 143 metres with a flat top. It is possible to walk to the top of The Nut via a steep track or via a chairlift.
Tourists regularly travel to Highfield (a farming region on the north west of the township) to view the picturesque northern beaches with The Nut in the background.
The port on the southern side of The Nut is also a regularly used fishing spot.
Things to see
Climbing the Nut
If you visit Stanley you really should climb The Nut. There are two ways to get the top of The Nut, you either climb which is 30 to 40 minutes walk or take a short 5 minutes ride on the Chairlift.
Exploring the Town
The town is filled with historic buildings, many over 150 years old, and including the birthplace of Joe Lyons, Australia’s only Tasmanian Prime Minister.