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Embarking on an Adventure: Discovering Stanley, Tasmania

Escape the fast pace of daily life and embark on a journey that combines nature’s wonders with cherished family moments. Welcome to Stanley, where ancient marvels and modern comforts converge to create the ultimate family getaway. Located just a scenic ninety-minute drive along the Bass Highway from the Spirit of Tasmania in Devonport, Stanley beckons with its timeless allure. Whether you are traveling from Launceston, which is a mere two and a half hours away, or undertaking the scenic five-hour drive from Hobart, the journey to Stanley promises to be as memorable as the destination itself.

Picture this: as your family cruises along the open road in your recreational vehicle (RV), excitement mounts with every passing kilometre. The unmistakable silhouette of ‘The Nut,’ a volcanic plug, emerges on the horizon, signalling your imminent arrival. Pulling into the Stanley Recreation Grounds unpowered RV ground, you are greeted by an atmosphere charged with anticipation. Settle into your surroundings and behold the breathtaking vista of ‘The Nut’ and the pristine, untouched beaches—a picturesque backdrop for a fun family adventure.

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Ride up the Stanley Nut Chairlift

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Exploring Trowutta Arch

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Stanley Fishing Fleet

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Stanley Penguins

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A Moment of Pure Joy in Stanley

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Driving down green hills Stanley

In Stanley, time appears to stand still, inviting exploration of ancient geological wonders that dot the landscape. From towering cliffs to intriguing rock formations along the coastline, each vista narrates a saga millions of years in the making, captivating both young and old alike.

Your RV site, boasting panoramic views mere steps from the beach, offers ample opportunities for leisurely strolls or exhilarating bike rides along the shoreline. Should you fancy dining out, a range of restaurants and charming cafes awaits within walking distance.

Stanley serves as an ideal base for venturing into the wider region, including the temperate Tarkine rainforest and the rugged beauty of Arthur River. Embark on a scenic drive to Trowutta Arch, immersing yourselves in a prehistoric wonderland amidst the ancient Tarkine. While marvelling at cave formations, the kids will be enchanted by the magical rainforest.

A visit to Blue Hills Honey promises delight for the entire family, with its honey farm experience, licensed café, and captivating rural vistas. The bee-themed playground and selfie station are perennial favourites among the little ones.

Back in Stanley, savour the region’s renowned ‘fleet-to-plate’ seafood at Hursey Seafoods, overlooking the bay and its picturesque fleet of red fishing boats. Indulge in Southern Rock Lobster while the kids relish classic fish and chips, all amidst the charming ambiance of the seaside town.

No visit to Stanley is complete without conquering the iconic Stanley Nut. Ascend via the chairlift to behold panoramic views of Bass Strait’s distant islands. Following the leisurely two-kilometre scenic loop-walk, treat yourselves to a refreshing ice cream from the Nut Rock Café —an indulgence well-earned.

Capture picture-perfect moments at the Giant Selfie Frame, framing the Nut as your backdrop. Ascend the nearby lookout for a moment of tranquillity, cherishing precious memories with your loved ones.

Among the quaint sights of the historic township are the charming cottages that line the base of the Nut, each one a testament to Stanley’s rich history and maritime heritage. These weathered structures, with their colourful facades and quaint architecture, offer a glimpse into a bygone era, adding a touch of nostalgia to your exploration of this coastal gem.

Make sure to include a visit to the Highfield Historic Site, where the kids may find themselves delightfully spooked by tales of the past. Wander through the impeccably preserved buildings, once the lavish estate of a wealthy pastoralist. Listen closely as guides regale you with stories of the site’s former inhabitants, and keep an eye out for friendly ghosts said to roam the halls—sure to give the children a thrill!

As the day draws to a close, delight in a meal at the Stanley Hotel before bundling up to witness the enchanting sight of little penguins making their nightly journey to shore. The free penguin viewing platform offers the perfect vantage point for this heartwarming spectacle.

Conclude your evening with a leisurely stroll through the historic township, where tales of yesteryear unfold amidst the hopping wallabies.

From tranquil reflections to gastronomic delights and beachside family fun, a Stanley getaway promises an escape like no other. Here, the natural beauty is vivid, the air pristine, and the experience unforgettable. Soak in the sights, sounds, and sensations of Stanley—a world waiting to etch itself into your family’s collective memory.

Stanley beckons—are you ready to explore?

STANLEY ITINERARY

Welcome to Stanley, Tasmania, where endless adventures and natural wonders await you. This itinerary is ideal for a family travelling in a recreational vehicle (RV) and offers a fun-filled two day adventure for a self-drive family getaway. Both grown-ups and kids will enjoy this trip and delight in all that Stanley has to offer.

Our target market for this itinerary is self-drive RV families. These families are characterized by their desire for independent travel experiences, where they have the flexibility to explore destinations at their own pace while enjoying the comfort and convenience of traveling in an RV.

Key defining characteristics of this target market include:

– Family-oriented: The target market consists of families looking for travel experiences that cater to both adults and children, with activities and attractions suitable for all ages.

– Adventure-seeking: These families are adventurous and seek out destinations that offer outdoor activities, natural attractions, and opportunities for exploration.

– Flexibility: They value the freedom to plan their own itinerary and make spontaneous stops along the way, reflecting the independent nature of RV travel.

– Comfort-conscious: Comfort is important to RV travellers, as they expect amenities such as comfortable sleeping arrangements, kitchen facilities, and bathroom facilities onboard their vehicles.

– Budget-conscious: While willing to spend on experiences, this market segment is also conscious of costs and seeks value for money in their travel choices.

– Safety-conscious: Given that they are traveling with their families, safety is a priority for these travellers. They look for destinations and routes that are safe for driving RVs and offer family-friendly environments.

Overall, the target market for this tourism itinerary comprises families who value adventure, flexibility, comfort, and safety in their RV travel experiences

Explore the breathtaking landscapes in your recreation vehicle (RV), your ‘home away from home.’ Immerse yourselves in rich history, and create cherished family memories that will last a lifetime. Nestled along Tasmania’s northwest coast, Stanley is a charming coastal town known for its iconic landmarks and captivating scenery. The towering volcanic plug, ‘The Nut’ and the picturesque beaches offer endless opportunities for outdoor exploration and wildlife spotting.

Kids will love climbing aboard the Nut Chairlift, soaring to new heights, and enjoying panoramic views of the coast below. Wildlife abounds with seabirds and pademelons and wallabies; do not miss the chance to watch adorable Little Penguins waddle ashore at dusk, a free and heartwarming experience that is sure to delight the whole family.

A little further afield is the stunning Tarkine, one of the largest cool temperate rainforests in the world. With an array of opportunities to immerse yourself in the landscape, be captivated by the beautiful surroundings of natural rainforest as you immerse yourselves in the rainforest, breathing in the cleanest air in the world.

Escape the everyday and experience the best Stanley has to offer, during two days of stunning adventures. Delve into Stanley’s rich history as you wander through its historic streets, all framed with breathtaking views of the Stanley Nut, rolling hills and beaches. We recommend bringing your bikes as the whole family will enjoy riding along the local beach tracks, exploring the historic village. Riding the hard-packed sand of the beach as the iconic Stanley Nut towers above you is an experience not to be missed.

Of course, no trip to Stanley would be complete without sampling the region’s culinary delights. From freshly caught seafood to gourmet artisanal fare, the town’s restaurants and eateries offer a feast for the senses that will delight even the most discerning palate.

All just an easy ninety-minute drive (125km) from Tasmania’s ferry gateway at the Spirit of Tasmania in Devonport, two and half hours from Launceston (224km) or a scenic five hours from Hobart (404km).

An easy drive along the Bass Highway reveals enticing glimpses of the Stanley Nut throughout your journey. An unusual landmark at the end of a long isthmus, the Stanley Nut is an extinct volcanic plug towering over the small fishing village of Stanley. You will feel like you are a world away!

Feel free to ‘do a beach ‘crawl’ popping into the local beaches, of Hellyer, Crayfish Creek and Detention River on the way to Stanley. Each one with its own weird rock creations, crystal clear water and stunning views. They are just a short detour off the Bass Highway and have ample turning circles for ease of RV access.

When you arrive in Stanley, there are RV options to choose from with a Big4 camp ground or the local ‘Free” camping at the Stanley Recreation ground. We have chosen the ‘free’ RV camping, it is economical at $10 a night or $50 a week. This is an unpowered site and has stunning views of the Stanley Nut and Tatlows beach. We encourage you to bring your bikes as this is an ideal time to get the blood pumping with a family bike ride along the coastal trail and back along the beach in front of the RV site; the sand is hard packed and easy to ride. Gear Up Stanley also offer local e-bike hire for the grown-ups! (as well as stand-up paddle boards and surf boards).

There are an array of wonderful cafes and restaurants in Stanley, specialising in fresh local produce and excellent coffee. This is an historic fishing village and Hursey’s Seafood have their own fleet of iconic red fishing boats bringing in fresh catch. You will enjoy lunch in their restaurant while you soak in the ocean views, while you enjoy their fresh seafood including their renowned Southern Rock Lobster. The kids will love the giant lobster on the roof of the building and colouring-in while you delight in the experience. It is well worth a stroll along the foreshore to take in the sights of the seagull colony and the local fishing boats in the port; if you are lucky you may see them unloading their catch.

Time to experience the Stanley Nut and take The Nut Chair Lift to the 143-metre summit, or if you are feeling like a work-out take the steep zigzag track. (Note the chair Lift is closed over winter for seasonal maintenance). There is plenty of parking and large turning circles in the Nut visitor centre car park. The whole family will enjoy the experience and the wonderful views from the lookouts along the 2km walk of the summit. Watch out for opportunities to spot local wildlife as there is a colony of mutton birds (short tailed shear-waters) seen during the September to April period, peregrine falcons, kestrels and pademelons and wallabies.

Make time to enjoy a Tasmanian ice-cream afterwards at the Nut Rock Café before heading to The Giant Selfie Frame where the kids will love the opportunity to take some family snaps in front of dramatic views of the Nut. Be sure to climb the lookout at the frame and you might like to purchase some local honey or eggs from the honesty box at the base.

From here it is on to Highfield Historic Site, the home of Van Diemens Land Company. Building commenced in 1826 with convict labour. The homestead has breathtaking views overlooking Stanley and The Nut. Not only is it a visually stunning representation of life in the 1800s there are many haunting tales to explore of life in this isolated region. You can walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse yours in the history of this significant property linked to the development of the Circular Head community. The kids will enjoy getting spooked in the cellars, playing in the children’s playroom of the 1800s and imagining a different time as they explore the fully equipped school house.

Enjoy take-out with a view as you try the gourmet delights from Providore24 and delicious home-made pizza from the local shops. Soak in the dramatic views from Godfrey’s Beach play-ground while the kids let off steam on the array of equipment. This stunning playground enjoys vistas over Bass Strait, the best spot to watch the moon rising over the water from the serpentine stone wall separating the playground from the beach.

Say good night to the Little Penguins at the Godfreys Beach Penguin Viewing Platform at the base of the Stanley Nut. This is a free experience and be sure to rug up as it can get chilly after dusk. The kids will delight in watching the Little penguins, illuminated by the soft red glow of lights, wobble along the foreshore to their burrows in the scrub next to the historic cemetery. That strange high pitched chirpy warble accompanying you home is the sound of their calls as they make their evening pilgrimage.

 

 

DAY TWO:

Waking up in Stanley reinforces that feeling of being a world away, you are refreshed and enjoy a delicious breakfast at Touchwood cafe which serves a range of wonderful local produce and excellent coffee.

You are ready to take in the sights of the Tarkine, one of the largest temperate rain forests in the world. Head out of Stanley and it is a short 30-minute (30km) drive through stunning farmland before you enter the forest at Trowutta Arch.

Stanley Nut – an extinct volcanic plug

Highfield Historic site – One of Tasmania’s first settlements

The giant Southern Rock Lobster on top of Hursey Seafoods restaurant

WHAT YOU WILL LOVE

Ice cream at the Nut Rock Cafe

Watching the Little Penguins waddle in to shore

Enjoying local seafood & cape grim beef

An easy drive along the Bass Highway reveals enticing glimpses of the Stanley Nut throughout your journey. An unusual landmark at the end of a long isthmus, the Stanley Nut is an extinct volcanic plug towering over the small fishing village of Stanley. You will feel like you are a world away, Just a ninety-minute (125km) drive from the port of Devonport, less than three hours to Launceston (224km) and a picturesque five-hour drive (404kms) from Tasmania’s capital of Hobart

Feel free to ‘do a beach ‘crawl’ popping into the local beaches, of Hellyer, Crayfish Creek and Detention River on the way to Stanley. Each one with its own weird rock creations, crystal clear water and stunning views. They are just a short detour off the Bass Highway and have ample turning circles for ease of RV access.

When you arrive in Stanley, head to the Stanley Recreation ground for ‘free’ RV camping, it’s economical at $10 a night or $50 a week. This is an unpowered site and has stunning views of the Stanley Nut and Tatlows beach. If you have brought your bikes this would be an ideal time to get the blood pumping with a family bike ride along the coastal trail and back along the beach in front of the RV site; the sand is hard packed and easy to ride.

There are an array of wonderful cafes and restaurants in Stanley, specialising in fresh local produce and excellent coffee. This is an historic fishing village and Hursey’s Seafood have their own fleet of iconic red fishing boats bringing in fresh catch. You will enjoy lunch in their restaurant while you soak in the ocean views, while you enjoy their speciality seafood including their renowned Southern Rock Lobster. The kids will love the giant lobster on the roof of the building and colouring in while you delight in the experience. It is well worth a stroll along the foreshore to take in the sights of the seagull colony and the local fishing boats in the port; if you are lucky you may see them unloading their catch.

Time to experience the Stanley Nut and take The Nut Chair Lift to the 143-metre summit, or if you are feeling like a work-out take the steep zigzag track. There is plenty of parking and large turning circles in the Nut visitor centre car park. The whole family will enjoy the experience and the wonderful views from the lookouts along the 2km walk of the summit. Watch out for opportunities to spot local wildlife as there is a colony of mutton birds (short tailed shear-waters) seen during the September to April period, peregrine falcons, kestrels and pademelons and wallabies.

Make time to enjoy a Tasmanian ice-cream afterwards at the Nut Rock Café before heading to The Giant Selfie Frame where the kids will love the opportunity to take some family snaps in front of dramatic views of the Nut. Be sure to climb the lookout at the frame and you might like to purchase some local honey or eggs from the honesty box at the base.

From here it is on to Highfield Historic Site, the home of Van Diemens Land Company, building  commenced in 1826 by convict labour. The homestead has breathtaking views overlooking Stanley and The Nut. Not only is it a visually stunning representation of life in the 1800s there are many haunting tales to explore of life in this isolated region. You can walk through the old homestead, outbuildings and surrounding gardens and immerse themselves in the history of this significant property linked to the development of the Circular Head community.  The kids will enjoy getting spooked in the cellars, playing in the children’s playroom of the 1800s and imagining a different time as they explore the fully equipped school house. 

Enjoy take-out with a view as you enjoy gourmet delights from Providore24 and delicious home-made pizza from the local minimart. Soak in the dramatic views from Godfrey’s Beach play-ground while the kids let off steam on the array of equipment. This stunning playground enjoys vistas over Bass Strait, the best spot to watch the moon rising over the water from the serpentine stone wall separating the playground from the beach.

Be sure to say good night to the Little Penguins at the Godfreys Beach Penguin Viewing Platform at the base of the Stanley Nut. This is a free experience and be sure to rug up as it can get chilly after dusk. The kids will delight in watching the Little penguins, illuminated by the soft red glow of lights, wobble along the rocks to their burrows in the scrub next to the historic cemetery. That strange high pitched chirpy warble accompanying you home is the sound of their calls as they make their evening pilgrimage.

Family holidays are made for moments like our Stanley getaway. Feeling like you have entered a different world and savoured so many sights and experiences. This is Stanley, welcoming and historic, wild, rugged and close to nature – a world that will hold a special place in your family’s heart.

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