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StanleyAustralia

On Tasmania’s northwest coast is a popular seaside destination where you can hike, play on beaches and enjoy watersports under the shadow of an old volcano.

Stanley sits at the base of a long-extinct volcano known as the Nut. The attractive fishing village captivates with its colonial houses and rugged windswept coastline. Climb to the top of the volcano, take part in watersports and investigate local history.

Standing on top of the flat-topped Nut is a must-do activity. The panoramic views of the coast and countryside are spectacular. Reach the summit by walking up the steep winding path. Alternatively, expend a lot less energy by taking the chairlift. From your elevated vantage point you can easily make out the Rocky Cape National Park, which could be your next port of call.

The national park is about a 15-minute drive from Stanley and encompasses beaches, bays and rock shelters. Take one of the scenic walks through the landscape and go fishing and boating off the beaches. Enjoy more nature-based experiences at the Tarkine wilderness area. Hike through a rainforest, canoe down a river and stop by a waterfall.

Stanley’s windswept position makes it a fantastic spot for watersports. If the breeze is up, try sailing, surfing, sailboarding and kitesurfing. Reserve your seat on the Sylvia C motor cruiser which travels out to Bull Rock to view the colony of bull seals.

While many people visit Stanley for its natural beauty, there are plenty of other attractions to keep you occupied. See more of the local sea life, including giant crabs, lobsters and sharks at the Stanley Seaquarium. Visit Highfield Historic Site, a regency home from the 1830s with barns, convict barracks, chapel and an ornamental garden. Here you will learn about the first European settlers in northwest Tasmania. Go on a walking or cycling tour through Stanley's streets, where some of the old homes have been turned into cafés and shops.

To get to Stanley on the northwest tip of Tasmania, fly from the Australian mainland into Burnie. From Burnie, it's about a 1-hour drive west to reach the picturesque village and its spectacular surroundings.

Top hotels in Stanley

Stanley Village Waterfront Accommodation
Stanley Village Waterfront Accommodation
2.5 out of 5
11-17 Wharf Road, Stanley, TAS
The price is £97 per night from 27 Oct to 28 Oct

Situated on the waterfront, this motel is steps away from Sawyer Bay and The Nut State Reserve. Stanley Seaquarium and The Nut Chairlift Stanley are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (324 reviews)

"Excellent location. We had a top floor apartment and everything was nicely set out and warm."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2020

Stanley Village Waterfront Accommodation
Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins
Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins
3.5 out of 5
87 Stanley Hwy, Stanley, TAS
The price is £87 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Situated in Stanley, this beach cottage is within a 15-minute walk of West Inlet Conservation Area and Perkins Bay. Sawyer Bay and Tatlows Beach Conservation ...

4.4/5Excellent! (16 reviews)

"Jo was very informative and most helpful. We certainly enjoyed our one night stay"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins
Stanley Seaview Inn
Stanley Seaview Inn
3.5 out of 5
58 Dovecote Road, Stanley, TAS
The price is £70 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Situated by the sea, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Perkins Bay, Stanley Golf Club and Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre. Sawyer Bay and Stanley ...

4.3/5Excellent! (505 reviews)

"Clean rooms. Beautiful views. Only criticism the room wasn’t restocked until late afternoon and office not open for check out at 0800."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

Stanley Seaview Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Stanley

Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins
Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins
3.5 out of 5
87 Stanley Hwy, Stanley, TAS
The price is £87 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Situated in Stanley, this beach cottage is within a 15-minute walk of West Inlet Conservation Area and Perkins Bay. Sawyer Bay and Tatlows Beach Conservation ...

4.4/5Excellent! (16 reviews)

"Jo was very informative and most helpful. We certainly enjoyed our one night stay"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins
Ellie's Spa Cottage - Stanley
Ellie's Spa Cottage - Stanley
8 Church Street, Stanley, TAS

Situated by the ocean, this historic cottage is within a 5-minute walk of The Nut State Reserve, Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre and The Nut Chairlift ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Fantastic location and beautiful property

"We had a seamless and perfect experience from start to finish, our host made sure everything was easy and took a lot of extra care with little touches around the place to make us feel welcome. I can (and do) highly recommend Ellie's to anyone looking to stay in Stanley, and highly recommend Stanley ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

Ellie's Spa Cottage - Stanley
Horizon Deluxe Apartments
Horizon Deluxe Apartments
5 out of 5
88 Dovecole Road, Stanley, TAS
The price is £211 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Situated in Stanley, this luxury aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Perkins Bay, Stanley Golf Club and Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre. Sawyer ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (94 reviews)

"Very relaxing . The sound bar and foxtell was a nice touch .?"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2020

Horizon Deluxe Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Stanley

The Nut State Reserve
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The Nut State Reserve

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Ride the scenic chairlift or walk to the plateau of an ancient volcanic plug and look out across the town of Stanley and the wild seas of Bass Strait.

The Nut Chairlift Stanley
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The Nut Chairlift Stanley

You can learn about the history of Stanley with a trip to The Nut Chairlift Stanley. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Fisherman's Wharf Lookout
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Fisherman's Wharf Lookout

Find out about the history of Stanley when you take a trip to Fisherman's Wharf Lookout. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this quaint area.