Things to do

Things To See and Do in Stanley, Tasmania

Stanley is a quaint historical fishing village at the base of an extinct volcanic plug called The Nut. Located on a peninsular extending 7Km’s north into Bass Strait and with a population of just 500 people, Stanley is a great place to take a relaxing walk along a secluded beach, go fishing or stroll around the charming old streets.

Not too far from Stanley, the west coast boasts the cleanest, most pure air in the world regularly measured at the Cape Grim weather station. The “edge of the world” at the southern head of the Arthur River is a great place to witness the rough and wild seas that crash in from the Indian Ocean and the fabled Tarkine offers an adventurous drive through button grass plains and ancient rain forest.

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The Stanley Nut
Our famous landmark.Take the chairlift or 15 minutes walk to the top. Walk around the top (approx 45 min's) and take in spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, beaches and waters.
Highfield Historic Site
This grand Georgian homestead was built to house the director of the Van Diemens land company, and is now open to the public.
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Historic village walk
Pick up a free interpretative guide map and walk at your own pace around this charming old town.
Stanley Seaquarium
Located at the fisherman’s dock, you are able to see a whole variety of the local sea life, including lobster and giant crabs.
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Woolnorth tours and Cape Grim
A variety of tours of one of Tasmania's biggest farms. Breathe some of the world's cleanest air at Cape Grim on Tassie's north west tip and marvel at the rugged west coast shores.
Stanley Seal Cruises
Take a 1½ hrs cruise to see the local seal colony. Departs from Stanley wharf.
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The Tarkine
Spend the day touring along the "South Arthur Forest Drive" and explore wild coastline and ancient rain rainforest.
Dismal Swamp
A giant slide and board walk maze through the rainforest.
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Dip Falls
A spectacular water fall half an hour south of Stanley.
Walk along a secluded beach
Stanley is surrounded by beautiful, long pristine sandy beaches.
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The Big Tree
A short walk through the rain forest to see one of Tasmania's many "big trees".
Bird Watching
Stanley’s coastal environment and close-by forests make this a great area for spotting a wide range of birds.
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Go Fishing
Stanley is a renowned fishing port, and the Stanley wharf is a famous fishing destination. The surrounding beaches also provide a good chance of a catch.
The Edge Of The World
An hour drive west of Stanley at the southern head of the Arthur River – take the short board walk over the sand dunes to see the wild west coast.
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Arthur River Cruises
Cruise up the Arthur River into the Tarkine Wilderness. Compared to other wilderness river cruises, on the MV George Robinson, you'll be with a small group. Enjoy a BBQ in the rain forest and have the option of an extended walk in the rainforest.
Rocky Cape National Park
Rich in Aboriginal history and a range of coastal and heath land walks.

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