The history of town is everywhere, an authentic fishing village where houses and farms have remained in the same families for generations, is justifiably proud of its long rural and fishing heritage.
Stanley was settled in 1830. Its’ location in Circular Head was chosen as the headquarters of the Van Dieman’s Land (VDL) Company and their vast farming operations (250,000 acres) on Royal Charter from King George 1V. Highfield House was built in 1832 -35 to house for their chief agent, Sir Edward Curr on the Green Hills where it stands today, preserved and solitary, overlooking Stanley, Bass Strait and the Nut.
The Nut is an impressive 13m volcanic plug. If you don’t want to walk it there is a chairlift, but the 2km track around the perimeter is a must. It gives you an array of viewing points from which to take in the coastline, Bass Strait, Robbins and Three Hummock Islands, Rocky Cape, Highfield Historic Site and the town.
Stanley’s natural setting is a haven for penguins, wallabies, birdlife and seals and they are in and around the town, or close by, so there is every chance you will have a close encounter.
Preserved houses and buildings with beautiful gardens, sea and rural vistas, the deep water harbour with fishing boats coming and going, and a good selection of galleries, restaurants and cafes, all give the town a character of its own. Spend time visiting the historic attractions, you can go fishing, play a game of golf, walk on beaches, eat great food made with the freshest ingredients, enjoy a chat with locals in the historic pub or just relax in comfy accommodation and read your book – and that is if you don’t want to leave town – there is wonderful exploring to do around the area that you wont want to miss.
Stanley is famous for the cleanest air in the world (measured at Cape Grim nearby) and the wide-open skies offer wonderful opportunities for stargazing with bright night skies revealing the magic of the constellations and the awe-inspiring Milky Way.
There is a booklet for a Heritage walk, available in hard copy or accessible by smart phone and other mobile devices. The self-guided walk takes a little over an hour and visits 15 sites.
Naturally different, Stanley will be highlight of your Tasmanian holiday, so make sure you plan enough time to see it all.