See & Do

Things To See and Do in and Around Stanley

Stanley is a quaint historic fishing village located in northern Tasmania at the base of an extinct volcanic plug called The Nut.

Located on a peninsula 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, with 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.

The Stanley Nut

The Stanley Nut

Our famous landmark. Take the chairlift or enjoy the 15 minutes walk to the top. Walk around the top (approximately 45 minutes) and take in spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, beaches and waters.

Highfield Historic Site

Highfield Historic Site

This grand Georgian homestead was built to house the director of the Van Diemen’s Land Company and is now open to the public.

Historic Village Walk

Historic Village Walk

Pick up a free interpretative guide map and walk at your own pace around this charming old town.

Osborne Helitours

Osborne Helitours

Offer a range of scenic flights around Stanley and the Tarkine.

Woolnorth Tours & Cape Grim

Woolnorth Tours & 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.

Stanley Seal Cruises

The Stanley Nut

Our famous landmark. Take the chairlift or 15 minutes walk to the top. Walk around the top (approx 45mins) and take in spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, beaches and waters.

Stanley Seal Cruises

The Tarkine Dive

Spend the day touring along the Tarkine Drive and explore wild coastline and ancient rain rainforest. Click here for more information.

Stanley Seal Cruises

Dismal Swamp

A giant slide and board walk maze through the rainforest.

Stanley Seal Cruises

Dip Falls

A spectacular water fall half an hour south of Stanley.

Stanley Seal Cruises

Walk Along a Secluded Beach

Stanley is surrounded by beautiful, long pristine sandy beaches.

Stanley Seal Cruises

The Big Tree

A short walk through the rain forest, to see one of Tasmania’s many “big trees”.

Stanley Seal Cruises

Bird Watching

Stanley’s coastal environment and close by forests make this a great area for spotting a wide range of birds.

Stanley Seal Cruises

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.

Stanley Seal Cruises

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.

Stanley Seal Cruises

Arthur River Cruises

Cruise up the Arthur River into the Tarkine Wilderness. Enjoy a BBQ in the rain forest and have the option of an extended walk in the rainforest.

Stanley Seal Cruises

Rocky Cape National Park

Rich in Aboriginal history and a range of coastal and heath land walks.

Stanley Seal Cruises

Blue Hill Honey Experience

Taste and learn about all things honey at Blue Hill Honey Experience

Stanley Seal Cruises

The Angel’s Share

Taste an extensive range of fine and rare malt whiskeys at The Angel’s Share

Eating Out in Stanley


Touchwood Cafe
31-33 Church Street

6458 1342 | Tues–Sun 9.30am–5pm

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

The Chocolate Gallery & Café
17 Church Street

0419 500 993 | Mon-Sun 9am–5pm

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

The Brown Dog
15 Church Street

6458 1354 | Mon-Sun 9am–5pm

Toasted sandwiches, cakes and coffee surrounded by beautiful home and giftwares.


Stanley Hotel
21 Church Street

6458 1161 | Mon–Sun; Lunch 12pm–2pm, Dinner from 6pm

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

6458 1103 | Mon–Sun; Lunch 11am–2.30pm, Dinner from 5.30pm

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

6458 1263 | Mon–Fri 7am–7pm, Sat 8am–7pm, Sun 8am–5pm

Freshly cooked take aways, pizza, home cooked meals.


Xanders Restaurant
25 Church Street

6458 1222 | Wed–Sun from 6pm

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