Fairy-tales come true in this restored fishing village of yesteryear.

Stanley Nut and Highfield House


Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, genteel cafes and quality B&B cottages, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat-topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water’s edge.

It’s also close to some great nature experiences and Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness.

After enjoying Stanley’s famous fish and chips, climb the winding path to the top of the Nut for a spectacular 360-degree view and an aerobic workout, Stanley-style.

For a less strenuous trip, take the open chairlift ride and look out for seals basking in the sun and at night, the local penguins can be seen coming in to nest.

Stanley has plenty of fascinating stories, too. You can take a history tour through Stanley’s streets, lined with quaint stone cottages dating back to the town’s early days when it hosted the headquarters of the Van Diemen’s Land Company or visit  Highfield Historic Site, home and farm of the chief agent of the Van Dieman’s Land Company, on a ghost tour at night, or wait for the safety of daylight to learn how the area’s first European settlers lived.

To learn more about he history of the district visit the Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre

Many historic properties have been restored and now operate as cafes, shops and accommodation.

The coastal Rocky Cape National Park is a just a short trip east and the temperate rainforests of the Tarkine wilderness and Savage River National Park are both within a 1-hr drive.

Guided tours and scenic flights are available, including coastal cruises departing Stanley wharf.

Stanley is a 1-hr drive (75 km) west of Burnie.

Local Tips

Take the self-guided Stanley Heritage Walk and explore the history, architecture and culture of this diverse village

Stanley Visitor Information Centre

45 Main Road, Stanley TAS 7331
Tel: (03) 6458 1330
Fax: (03) 6458 1267

Open: 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday; 12pm – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (May – October). 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday; 10am – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (November – April).

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Good Friday.

How to Get There


REDLINE COACHES, Tel: 1300 360 000.

Road (Self drive)

From Devonport or Burnie take the A2 Bass Highway.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Stanley to: Arthur River – 85 km (1.5 hours), Burnie – 60km (1 hour), Devonport – 109km (1.5 hours).



B&B’s, caravan and cabin parks, hotels and motels, and self-contained apartments, units and historic cottages. Accommodation enquiries and bookings can be made through the Visitor Information Centre.


B&B’s, hotels and motels, and self-contained accommodation. Accommodation enquiries and bookings can be made through the Stanley Visitor Information Centre.

Arthur River and Marrawah

Caravan and cabin park, and self-contained accommodation. Accommodation enquiries and bookings can be made through the Stanley Visitor Information Centre.

Motor Homes

Motor homes, caravans and camping available at Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park. Toilet, shower, laundry facilities and fully equipped camper’s kitchen and barbecues.

Designated Sullage Point

Tatlows Beach Carpark. Wharf Road, Stanley

West Esplanade Carpark, Smithton.


Circular Head Tourism Association offers free public Wi-Fi services in Stanley at the Visitor Centre, which are designed to allow tourists and locals to access the internet.

Stanley Information Visitor Centre, 45 Main Road, Stanley. Tel: (03) 6458 1330.

Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park, 1 Wharf Road, Stanley. Tel: (03) 6458 1266.

Banks & ATMs


ANZ Bank agency, Stanley Bakehouse, Church Street †

Commonwealth Bank agency, Post Office, Church Street †

Self Funded ATM, Stanley Supermarket & Newsagency, Wharf Road. †


Commonwealth Bank and ATM, Emmett Street, Smithton

ANZ Bank and ATM, Emmett Street, Smithton

Bass & Equitable Agents, It’s All Good Health Food Store, Emmett Street, Smithton

Westpac Bank agency & ATM Ace Kodak Express, Smith Street, Smithton

These banking facilities and ATMs are only accessible during the operating hours of each business. Self Funded ATMs may run out of cash to dispense.

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