Explore Stanley

What to see and do in Stanley

The Nut
The Nut with its striking presence this landform is a solidified lava lake from an extinct volcano. If you feel energetic, take a walk to the top or sit back and enjoy the view from the chairlift and explore the nut with the uninterrupted views of the Bass Strait, Rocky Cape, Highfield House, the lush farmland, coastline and a different perspective of Stanley. The chairlift will not operate on windy days. The Nut café is located in the car park. Phone 03 6458 1300

Woolnorth Tours
Visit Cape Grim on Woolnorth’s rugged Tasmanian west coast and breathe the cleanest air in the world. This is recorded at the Baseline Air Pollution Station that is situated on the cliffs of the Cape Grim coastline.

Phone: 03 6452 1493

Osborne Heli Tours

Osborne Heli Tours’ operate a variety of scenic flights and experiences from the picturesque seaside village of Stanley. Stunning views from above await as you follow the rugged coast to Woolnorth and Cape Grim or head inland to witness the beautiful Tarkine forests and the winding Arthur River.

Transfers to the surrounding islands and tailored packages can be arranged for those wanting something a little different. Flights available every day of the year and bookings available online.’

Bookings only. Contact 02 4244 8591 for further details.

Little Blue Penguins
Penguins can be seen at night on the road near the entrance to the Abalone farm and at the West Beach. There is also a large colony at Godfreys Beach near the cemetery at the base of the Nut. Take one of our red filtered torches so as not to scare them off with a naked light.

Cow & Calf Gallery
showcases local artists photography, paintings, glass work, jewellery & craft.

Phone 0439 251 151

Touchwood Gallery
offers an array of local timber gifts, jewellery, souvenirs and knick knacks.

Phone: (03) 6458 1348

Sticks & stones
A beautiful, enticing and tantalising mixture of shells, fossils and stones. A wonderful keepsake from the area.

Phone: 03 6458 1133

Brown Dog
A boutique gift shop with Tasmanian souvenirs and gifts.

Phone 03 6458 1354

Stanley Seal Cruises
Are operated by Heather Stafford. The cruise departs daily and is weather permitting. Leaving from the pontoon at the fisherman’s wharf, next to the Dockside Cafe and booking office, the 75 minute scenic cruise takes in spectacular views of the Stanley Nut, the unique township and the old burial ground and Godfrey’s Beach. Historic farmlands extend to the waterline below, where ocean-eroded caves scatter the shoreline. The destination is Bull Rock, a non-breeding ground or haul-out, 600 metres offshore. Here, up to 500 seals bask in the sunshine or frolic playfully in the crystal-clear waters of Bass Strait. This is the most common seal in Tasmanian waters and breeds from October to January on rocky outcrops, extending from King Island, in the North West, to Tenth Island in the North Eastern corner. Cows give birth to one pup per year, which is milk fed for 10-12 months. There are about 5000 pups born in Tasmanian waters each year, on 9 Bass Strait Islands.

To book contact 03 6458 1294.

Providore 24
Providore 24 is a small owner operated specialty shop, showcasing fine Tasmanian produce & cheese, Tasmanian wine, chocolates, fudge, olive oil, olives, Tasmanian boutique beer, preserves, mustards, organic beauty products, gifts, tea and Tasmanian roasted coffee, the list goes on.

Phone 03 6458 1323

Highfield is unique amongst early colonial residences in Tasmania. It is a rare example of domestic architecture from the regency period (1811 – 1820) the style is characterised by refined decoration that is geometric yet elegant. Highfield was built in the period that many historians consider the transition between the age of reason and romanticism.

Phone: 03 6458 1100


Within Stanley we have an array of restaurants.

Stanley Hotel – 03 6458 1161 award winning bistro, great steaks

Sealer’s Cove 03 6458 1234 pizza/pasta restaurant

Xanders 03 6458 1222 Brasserie cuisine

Hursey’s café 03 6458 1103 our local fish & chip shop

Stanley’s on the Bay 03 6458 1404 beautiful old bluestone building


Touchwood Gallery Café licensed café for lunch Tuesday – Saturday.

The Swinging Anchor and Hursey’s café, the Dockside Café & the Stanley Hotel also offer a lunch service.

Moby Dicks breakfast bar offer a superb cooked breakfast. Open 7am – 11am. Booking is not required.

We have a selection of the local restaurant’s menus in reception. Please ask if you wish to browse over them.

Explore Stanley

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