With its wild coastlines, untouched wilderness, and refreshing temperatures even in the most sweltering weeks of summer, Tasmania has fast become one of Australia’s newest favourite attractions amongst Aussies and visitors alike.
For those who want to get out there and see it all on a Tasmania road trip, the Tassie Loop gives you a chance to visit many of the top attractions on the island. That said, there’s every reason to slow things down a little and spend extra time in the most desirable locations.
Case in point: Stanley, Tasmania.
Here’s everything you need to know about this thus-far largely undiscovered gem of a town!
Stanley is a small and charming town on the northwest coastline of Tasmania – a region that has often been called ‘The Edge of the World’.
The area is known for its largely untouched scenery, including an inviting coastline, lush rainforest, and even an extinct volcano. That said, there’s also a real culture and history behind Stanley, with an array of quaint historic homes and buildings that you can see simply walking through the main streets.
Things to do in Stanley, Tasmania
Deciding which of the many activities to try, and which of the countless sights to see, will likely be the most difficult thing you do in Stanley.
The most iconic location is the Nut State Reserve, home to The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug that rises sharply from the earth at the end of a small spit. You can take a strenuous hike to the top, or simply ride the chairlift up for incredible views of the ocean and the city. Plus, wallabies roam freely here, so it’s a great spot for the kids.
For some fun in the sun, head to Godfrey’s Beach, which offers a sandy shoreline and awesome views of The Nut. You can also get out onto the water – Sawyer Bay in Tasmania lies on the other side of The Nut, adding more possibilities for swimming and boating, as well as beautiful sunset views.
Should you get a rainy day (it can happen!), check out indoor attractions such as the Highfield Historic Site to learn more about the area’s past, or dip into the Stanley Seaquarium to meet some of the local ocean life.
The best times of year to visit Stanley
Summer (December, January, and February) is undoubtedly the most popular time of year to visit, as it offers the warmest temperatures (although not too hot!) and driest climate.
Autumn (March, April, and May) less warm with changeable weather, but also quieter, and extremely pretty as the autumn colours come in. Winter drops down to an average daily maximum of around 12 degrees Celsius, which is too chilly for beach swims, but just right for hiking and exploring. Plus, winter is the best time of year to spot migrating whales passing by the coast. Spring is a real mixed bag, with some days warmer and some cooler, but fewer tourists as well.