Jul
11
2013

Head to the Edge of the World

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Stanley is a lovely, and little-known, town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, and an area sometimes referred to as the gateway to Edge of the World.

Stanley's best-known feature is its volcanic plug, known as "The Nut."  It stands at 143 metres above sea level, and was discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1798. It's now a popular tourist attraction for those who seek to climb it and experience the beautiful 360 degree views.

If you're not keen to walk up to the top of this impressive natural phenomenon, then you can take a relaxing and leisurely chairlift ride to the top.

If big and out-of-this-world views are your thing, then you might want to head fifteen minutes down the road to experience the Rocky Cape National Park, also known as Tangdimmaa.

This is a site with great significance to Aboriginal people, who once made their homes in the sea caves along the coastline. This is one impressive area to walk around, so soak up the area's history and culture with walks ranging from under an hour, to six hours.

You'll soon figure out that little Stanley punches well above its weight, offering an impressive range of wildlife as well as its spectacular views. Penguins, seals and sea birds are just some of the creatures you might be able to spot, whether you head out on your own safari or hop on one of the local wildlife tours.

There's plenty more to see and do in Stanley, including a number of other walks and natural sights, activities like fishing and surfing, and looking out for some of Aussie's native animals – so give yourself some time in this wonderful region. Stanley really is one of those hidden gems of Australia.

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