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A small historic town and fishing port on the north west shore of Tasmania is located on a short peninsula and at the foot of the The Nut, a volcanic plug that dominates the surrounding landscape.

Stanley and The Nut (6280265492)
By Norton Ip from Hong Kong (Tassy-1013278.jpg) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
By David Morgan-Mar [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5 ], from Wikimedia Commons

The Nut can be accessed by walking trail or by using the chair lift that also provides spectacular scenic views of The Nut, township and surrounding countryside.

Trails on The Nut
By CameronMackay100 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the trails on The Nut, which in addition to access to scenic views are often full of wild flower blooms.

Big Rock Lobster

The town is known for freshly caught delicious lobster and other sea foods.

Park - Stanley, Tasmania (26183878166)
By Michael Coghlan from Adelaide, Australia (Park - Stanley, Tasmania) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

The town and surrounding landscape are dominated by the 151 meter high Nut – a volcanic plug, left over from one of the volcanoes that dotted the northern Tasmanian coast.

Located on the peninsula leading to it, Stanley is the oldest settlement in Tasmania’s north west and developed out of the original ventures of the Van Diemen’s Land Company, a farming company originally set up in 1826 to produce and export wool back to England.

Church Street, Stanley - panoramio (1)

The township is full of historic 19th century buildings, some bluestone and others weatherboard. These include St James Presbyterian Church which was prefabricated in England and shipped to Tasmania and re-erected and Poet’s Cottage the first bluestone school for the town built in 1850s.

Highfield stanley tasmania

Highfield, the former headquarters of the Van Diemen’s Land Company sits a short distance from the town.  The heritage building and complex was built between 1832 and 1835 and was the first European settlement by members of the company in the north west of Tasmania. Currently open for public inspection through Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania..