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Town Hall, Stanley.

In 1825 the Van Dieman’s Land Company was granted a charter to cultivate lands and to rear well-bred flocks of sheep. The company’s headquarters, ‘Highfields’ at Stanley, was completed in 1835 and today is open for inspection. The company still has the property ‘Woolnorth’ near cape Grim on the north-western tip of Tasmania. Many of the Highfield buildings may still be seen by taking a drive of 6 km around Green Hills.

There are also a number of other old buildings, some of which are restored, that are open for inspection. The former Prime Minister of Australia, the late Joseph Lyons, was born in a cottage near the Bay View Hotel. The former school house has been restored by the National Trust.

The most prominent feature in Stanley is a rock outcrop 150 metres high known as the ‘Nut’, but named ‘Circular Head’ by Bass and Flinders. It was previously recognised by the local Aboriginal people as the ‘Moo-Nut-Re-Ker’. An old cemetery situated located at the foot of the Nut is the resting place for many well known pioneers and include names such as Henry Hellyer (noted explorer and surveyor), and John Lee Archer (famous architect and magistrate). Magnificent views are had from the top of the Nut, access is either by a steep path climb or the chairlift.

Picnic area at the base of the Nut near the Chairlift, Stanley.

Check out our listing of Stanley accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Stanley Visitor Centre
Circular Head Tourism Association Inc
Main St, STANLEY TAS 7331
Ph: 03 6458 1330
Mobile: 0408 522 849

Stanley Attractions

Lyons Cottage
Located in Church Street, this cottage is where the honourable J A Lyons, Tasmania’s first Prime Minister of Australia (1932-39), was born in 1879. He was the State’s Premier from 1921-1928. The Cottage is open to the public and contains a number of interesting items of memorabilia.
The Nut at StanleyThe Nut
Discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1798, is the most prominent feature in Stanley. Although it can be climbed via a steep ascent, many people take the easier option of the chairlift. Be warned that the top can be windy, and in winter is cold, so take your coats, but it is definitely worth the trip to the top, with views over the district.

The Nut itself was once covered with trees. These had been cleared for grazing right up to the 1990s. It is now being replanted.

The site is home for migratory birds including shearwaters and orange bellied parrots. You can see the shearwaters in the sky at dawn and dusk during the summer months. Kestrels, peregrine falcons, white goshawk, brown goshawk, brown falcons, and southern boo book owls have also been seen. At the base of the Nut Little Penguins construct burrows amongst the the rocks.

Stanley Discovery Museum & Genealogy Centre
Formerly St Pauls Anglican church hall in 1888, when in 1973 it was turned into a folk museum. Today it offers a service tracing your genealogical background and contains extensive collection of shell work, artifacts, photographs and maritime displays.

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Stanley Events

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Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race
• October/November (check the website for exact dates)
The 152 nautical mile race across the Bass Strait begins at Queenscliff in Victoria and ends at ‘The Nut’ in Stanley, Tasmania. The event includes a number of other activities for the entire family. The event is organised by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria.
Circular Head Agricultural Show
• Stanley Recreation Ground
• December
All day agricultural show event featuring animal nursery, cattle judging, show jumping, wood chopping, dog show and judging, as well as variety of entertainment for the entire family. There are also awards for flower and produce displays, as well as arts and crafts. Check the council site for more information.
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Stanley Tours

TAS ToursOutback  • EcoAdventureNational Tours
Wilderness to West Coast Tours
• PO Box 36, STANLEY TAS 7331
• Ph/Fax: +61 3 6458 2038 • Mobile: 0417 593 158 • Email Check website for price
Personalised luxury 4WD eco tours. A huge variety of tour types, see the online booking form.

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