See & Do in Winter

Things To Do in and Around Stanley

Stanley is a quaint historical fishing village at the base of an extinct volcanic plug called The Nut. 

Located on a peninsular extending 7km north into Bass Strait and with a population of just 500 people. Stanley is a great place to visit for a couple of days, there are lots of things to see and do, plus boutique shopping and a variety of dining options.  

Not too far from Stanley, the west coast boasts the cleanest, most pure air in the world regularly measured at the Cape Grim weather station.  The “edge of the world” at the southern head of the Arthur River is a great place to witness the rough and wild seas that crash in from the Indian Ocean and the fabled Tarkine offers an adventurous drive through button grass plains and ancient rain forest.  Click here to see our suggested-Itineraries.

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The Stanley Nut
Our famous landmark.Climb to the summit in 10 or 15 minutes, then walk around the top (approx 45 min's) and take in spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, beaches and waters.
Highfield Historic Site
This grand Georgian homestead was built to house the director of the Van Diemens land company, and is now open to the public.
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Historic village walk
Pick up a free interpretative guide map and walk at your own pace around this charming old town.
 Taste  an extensive range of fine and rare malt whiskeys at The Angel's Share
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Woolnorth tours and Cape Grim
A variety of tours of one of Tasmania's biggest farms. Breathe some of the world's cleanest air at Cape Grim on Tassie's north west tip and marvel at the rugged west coast shores.
 Rocky Cape National Park
Rich in Aboriginal history and a range of coastal and heath land walks.
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The Tarkine Dive
Spend the day touring along the Tarkine Drive and explore wild coastline and ancient rain rainforest. Click here for more information.
The Edge Of The World
An hour drive west of Stanley at the southern head of the Arthur River – take the short board walk over the sand dunes to see the wild west coast.
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Dip Falls
A spectacular water fall half an hour south of Stanley.
Walk along a secluded beach
Stanley is surrounded by beautiful, long pristine sandy beaches.
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The Big Tree
A short walk through the rain forest, to see one of Tasmania's many "big trees".
Bird Watching
Stanley’s coastal environment and close by forests make this a great area for spotting a wide range of birds.
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Go Fishing
Stanley is a renowned fishing port, and the Stanley wharf is a famous fishing destination. The surrounding beaches also provide a good chance of a catch.
 Taste and learn about all things honey at Blue Hill Honey Experience

Eating out in Stanley


Touchwood Cafe 31-33 Church Street         

Phone: 6458 1342  Open: Tues – Sun 9.30 – 5

Great for morning or afternoon tea, offering cakes and scones. Also a very appealing lunch menu.        


The Chocolate Gallery & Café 17 Church Street        

Phone:0419500993  Open:Mon - Sun 9.00 – 5

Offers a very nice selection of all things chocolate and a well priced lunch menu.                        


The Brown Dog  15 Church Street        

Phone:6458 1354 Open: Mon - Sun 9 – 5

Toasted sandwiches, cakes and coffee surrounded by beautiful home and giftware’s.                                


Lunch & Dinner

Stanley Hotel  21 Church Street        

Phone: 6458 1161  Open:Mon – Sun; Lunch 12 – 2/Dinner from 6

Multi award winning pub that offers a great selection of local produce (including seafood) in a friendly ambient atmosphere with views over the town and Sawyer Bay. Their deck is a great place to sit to enjoy a drink and meal in the late afternoon sun.        


Hursey’s Seafood  2 Alexander Terrace

Phone: 6458 1103 Open:Mon – Sun; Lunch 11 – 2.30/Dinner from 5.30

A spacious dining room with views over the wharf and Sawyer Bay, offers a wide variety of local seafood for dine in or take away.


Stanley Supermarket 25 Wharf Road

Phone: 6458 1263 Open:Mon – Fri 7 – 7/Sat 8 – 7/Sun 8 – 5

Freshly cooked take aways, pizza, home cooked meals.                                



Xanders Restaurant  25 Church Street        

Phone: 6458 1222 Open: Wed – Sun from 6pm

Modern and spacious a la carte restaurant in the middle of the main street.