10 Things to Do in Stanley That You Shouldn't Miss

September 27, 2017 Christa Meece

Discover the best top things to do in Stanley, Australia including The Nut State Reserve, Highfield Historic Site, Stanley Heritage Walk, Stanley Visitor Information Centre, Stanley Seal Cruises, Stanley Seaquarium, Providore 24, Joe Lyons Cottage, The Angel's Share, Provenance Kitchen.
Restaurants in Stanley

1. The Nut State Reserve

Browns Road, Stanley, Tasmania, Australia +61 3 6458 1286
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4.5 based on 865 reviews

The Nut State Reserve

Reviewed By ActRegular_traveller - Canberra, Australia

We took the chairlift up & back down as we were a bit pressed for time. The walk around the Nut is quite easy and there are several viewing points offering great views along the coast and over the town of Stanley. For the most part, the walk is exposed. There is very little vegetation on top apart from grasses, so the wind is pretty relentless, but there are some more sheltered hollows where some really nice mature trees grow. The top is used by seabirds for nesting, but in daytime in March they aren't about. The nesting holes are obvious. The track is in good condition.
The cafe at the bottom has souvenirs etc.

2. Highfield Historic Site

143 Green Hills Road, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 3 6458 1100
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4.5 based on 333 reviews

Highfield Historic Site

Highfield Historic Site is an 1830's farm complex built by convict labor. The Van Diemen's Land Company chose to settle in the area to establish a large scale sheep grazing property. The site is open to the public and interprets the conflicts that arose with the Company's men and the Aboriginal people. The house and outbuildings are being restored by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service as the property had fallen into disrepair. The site is open daily from 1 September - 31 May, open weekdays from 1 June - 31 August

Reviewed By Heather M - Melbourne, Australia

We spent am enjoyable morning visiting Highfield House. The hpuse 8s l8ght and bright and well restored and the history of the house and the people who lived there and The Van Diemensland Company are very well illustrated. The Gardens are beautiful and the sea views are gorgeous.
Go and visit.

3. Stanley Heritage Walk

Main Rd, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 3 6458 1330
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Stanley Heritage Walk

Reviewed By Tony B - Lake Macquarie, Australia

Worth a walk around the town. You will fine buildings 150 old with some interesting information. Coffee shops are near by and Stanley golf are very friendly.

4. Stanley Visitor Information Centre

45 Main Rd, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 3 6458 1330
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Stanley Visitor Information Centre

Experience the beauty of Tasmania's north-west coast, a region aptly named the 'Edge of the World' No matter when you visit, there are always plenty of things to do in and around Stanley. Enjoy the beautiful Tarkine Drive and have an experience that will last a lifetime. Visit the Edge of the World. Ride the Nut Chairlift. Tour our diverse and unique area. Welcome to the Stanley Visitor Centre.

Reviewed By Tony W - Sydney

Tassie has great Tourist Information Centres And the Stanley centre is definitely one of them. Helpful and friendly staff who really know the area and region. Great selection of brochures and pamphlets for the region and all over Tasmania, this centre is on the main...MoreThank you Tony for your kind review. We strive for an informative and rewarding visit here in the centre. We do hope you had an enjoyable time while visiting this unique and diverse region of ours. Regards SVC

5. Stanley Seal Cruises

Wharf Road | Dockside, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Stanley Seal Cruises

Reviewed By Borneo50 - Melbourne, Australia

This cruise takes you out past the Nut to Bull Rock to see the very entertaining Australian Fur Seals.
Wog & Jenny were friendly & informative. No fancy PA system.. all very personal to those on board. Suitable for all ages, this is a wonderful way to spend about an hour & a half. There was plenty of time to view the seals with everyone getting a good view point.
It can be a little blowy out on the water, but with inside & outside areas, this cruise is “all weather”.
Relaxing & a lot of fun!

Lot 1, Fisherman's Dock, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 3 6458 2052
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4 based on 105 reviews

Stanley Seaquarium

Stanley Seaquarium transforms the ordinary building into a fascinating discovery of Tasmanian Sea-life. Colourful and vibrant, the emphasis is on fun and facts as you come face to face with resident sea creatures. From delicate Seahorses to Sharks and Lobsters, maritime artefacts, shells and ships, Stanley Seaquarium provides a unique world of delight for all ages. Sea theme gift lines and souvenirs, frozen local seafood and cooked crayfish (Southern Rock Lobster) in season. Adults- $6 Children (4-16) - $4 Family- $15 School and Tour Group discounts available

Reviewed By im44 - Jamaica

A small local aquarium with a number of fish, shellfish and my favourite seahorses. Quiet place without the crowds. $6 admission. Gift shop. Worth it especially if you have young kids in tow. Tanks are not that tall, so an adult can hold a child while they look in.

7. Providore 24

24 Church St, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 3 6458 1323
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Providore 24

Reviewed By alvail

Tasmanian cheese, wines, chocolates, fresh baked bread and gourmet produce.... the perfect little shop to grab all the treats you need for a little weekender in Stanley. Loved the jewelery, clothes and books as well and the service was friendly and helpful for extra travelling advice around the North West. Will definitely be back :) :)

8. Joe Lyons Cottage

14 Alexander Tce, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 3 6458 1330
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Joe Lyons Cottage

Joe Lyons Cottage Joe Lyons Cottage was the birthplace and childhood home of Joseph Lyons, a former Premier of Tasmania (1923-1928) and Tasmania's first Prime Minister of Australia (1932-1939). This simple, single-storey weatherboard home was a humble beginning for a man who went on to become one of Australia's most popular Prime Ministers.

Reviewed By George600 - Melbourne

Joe Lyons was one of our great Prime Ministers. He won 3 elections on the trot and took us through the Great Depression and died in office. That was the extent of my knowledge of him until I visited this house. There is so much more to him and it is on display here. They don't make politicians like him today, more's the pity. A must do if you are interested in our history.

9. The Angel's Share

14 Church St, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 418 119 165
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5 based on 20 reviews

The Angel's Share

Reviewed By ArlingtonDavid - Arlington

We had a great time visiting with the lady who runs the shop while sampling some of her finer whiskeys. Ultimately, we left with a bottle of Tasmania's Mackey whiskey and it was the best whiskey buy I've ever made. Awesome, awesome whiskey! I'm nursing it along and already dreading the day I run out. From what I read, it is no longer sold (it's sold out because it is only made in small batches) and the next availability is expected to be sometime in mid-2017. If you want to sample some good spirits and enjoy a friendly visit with a very pleasant and knowledgeable "bartender," I highly recommend a stop here. I'd happily drive from the other end of the island (I didn't need to but would) to spend some time in Stanley.

10. Provenance Kitchen

143 Green Hills Road | Highfield Historic Site, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia +61 428 513 425
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5 based on 8 reviews

Provenance Kitchen

Provenance Kitchen cooking school is located within the original threshing barn at Highfield Historic Site, perched on the beautiful Greenhills overlooking Stanley and its iconic 'Nut'. Our boutique cooking classes change with the seasons, so no two classes are alike. We limit our classes to 8 people to ensure the class is personal and engaging for everyone. This also allows us to tailor each class to the participants individual needs such as food allergies or intolerances. Provenance Kitchen uses seasonal local ingredients and focuses on teaching the provenance of each ingredient as well as telling the story of the vibrant Stanley area. Classes Include: Delicious four course meal showcasing local seasonal produce Hands on teaching of recipes Recipes to take home Farm tour with local producer Accompanying drinks

Reviewed By IDB1986

We were expecting quality, given the reputation of Tasmanian food and wine, but this cooking school showed us how to serve up some beautiful and extremely tasty locally sourced meals in a relaxed, fun and beautiful setting.
The farm tour and scavenging on the beach were both great too, the farmers are really dedicated to their produce and it’s great to get more detail than just what you can see from the roadside.

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