Not all visitors to Tasmania make it to Stanley, which is a shame considering what it has to offer. Make sure you're not a part of the crowd that misses out on this great town and work Stanley into your holiday itinerary.
When you arrive at Stanley, which is located to the far north west of the island, you'll notice this historic settlement is shadowed by what is known as 'The Nut'. This bluff is the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. This dramatic landscape is only one of the many spectacular features of the town. Make sure you don't miss a ride up the chairlift – or a good walk – to take in the panoramas of Tasmania and the ocean. Be sure to have your camera on hand.
When you visit the town, leave aside some time for the exploration of its beaches. If you've got the whole family with you, the kids will love to spend their days splashing in the waves and building sandcastles, while you can find refreshments at the nearby cafes.
Animals are also active in the area, so look out for seals, penguins and other sea birds. Inland, forested areas are also full of wonderful wildlife to keep an eye out for.
Another great place to visit is the Highfield Historic Site. This is a home and farm from the 1830’s, still standing proud today and owned and administered by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Department. Its position on the hillside means it provides stunning views, with Stanley township, the Nut and a whole swathe of Bass Strait in sight. Check out the traditional design and convict barracks, barns and stables – even a chapel. Spend some time wandering through the grounds, which were once, and still are a beautiful colonial era garden. Highfield has been called a time capsule of national significance. It is easy to see why.
You'll likely want to tell your friends and relatives how wonderful Stanley is, but don't spread the secret too far – this place is one of Tasmania's best kept secrets!