Things to do
Things To Do in and Around Stanley
Stanley is a quaint historical fishing village at the base of an extinct volcanic plug called The Nut.
Located on a peninsular extending 7km north into Bass Strait and with a population of just 500 people. Stanley is a great place to visit for a couple of days and we have a range of dining options.
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. Click here to see our suggested-Itineraries.
|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.
|Historic village walk
Pick up a free interpretative guide map and walk at your own pace around this charming old town.
Offer a range of scenic flights around Stanley and the Tarkine
|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.
|The Tarkine Dive
Spend the day touring along the Tarkine Drive and explore wild coastline and ancient rain rainforest. Click here for more information.
A giant slide and board walk maze through the rainforest.
A spectacular water fall half an hour south of Stanley.
|Walk along a secluded beach
Stanley is surrounded by beautiful, long pristine sandy beaches.
|The Big Tree
A short walk through the rain forest, to see one of Tasmania's many "big trees".
Stanley’s coastal environment and close by forests make this a great area for spotting a wide range of birds.
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.
|Arthur River Cruises
Cruise up the Arthur River into the Tarkine Wilderness. 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.
Eating out in Stanley
Touchwood Cafe 31-33 Church Street
Phone: 6458 1342 Open: Tues – Sun 9.30 – 5
Great for morning or afternoon tea, offering cakes and scones. Also a very appealing lunch menu.
The Chocolate Gallery & Café 17 Church Street
Phone:0419500993 Open:Mon - Sun 9.00 – 5
Offers a very nice selection of all things chocolate and a well priced lunch menu.
The Nut Rock Café At the base of the Nut
Phone:6458 1186 Open:Mon - Sun 9.30 – 4.30
Perfect for a snack before your adventure up The Nut, or a drink or ice cream afterwards. Boasts fantastic views over the town and beaches.
The Brown Dog 15 Church Street
Phone:6458 1354 Open: Mon - Sun 9 – 5
Toasted sandwiches, cakes and coffee surrounded by beautiful home and giftware’s.
Lunch & Dinner
Stanley Hotel 21 Church Street
Phone: 6458 1161 Open:Mon – Sun; Lunch 12 – 2/Dinner from 6
Multi award winning pub that offers a great selection of local produce (including seafood) in a friendly ambient atmosphere with views over the town and Sawyer Bay. Their deck is a great place to sit to enjoy a drink and meal in the late afternoon sun.
Hersey’s Seafood 2 Alexander Terrace
Phone: 6458 1103 Open:Mon – Sun; Lunch 11 – 2.30/Dinner from 5.30
A spacious dining room with views over the wharf and Sawyer Bay, offers a wide variety of local seafood for dine in or take away.
Stanley Supermarket 25 Wharf Road
Phone: 6458 1263 Open:Mon – Fri 7 – 7/Sat 8 – 7/Sun 8 – 5
Freshly cooked take aways, pizza, home cooked meals.
Xanders Restaurant 25 Church Street
Phone: 6458 1222 Open: Wed – Sun from 6pm
Modern and spacious a la carte restaurant in the middle of the main street.