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Touring Stanley on the Tasmanian West Coast.

Our destination for the weekend was Stanley, a small fishing village situated on North-West coast of Tasmania. Leaving from Launceston it was roughly 225 Km or a 3-hour ride. Really, it does take a little longer to travel because of all the quaint little towns you pass through, the scenic views along the coast road, winding country roads and the occasional pub, café, antique shops and photo to take on the way.

Arriving at Stanley in the late afternoon you can’t help but think you’ve stepped back in time. With yesteryear buildings neatly kept and streets that were designed for the horse n cart. Our accommodation was at the Stanley Seaview Inn. They are situated up on a hill and have spectacular coastal views of the town, the Stanley Nut, surrounding beaches and Rocky Cape National Park. The rooms inside were tidy and clean and also had heaters. It was only 2-minute ride into town or a 15 min walk, so if you decide to eat in town and have a few drinks I would recommend a designated driver as there are no taxis is Stanley.

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we strolled into Moby Dick's Breakfast Bar and were certainly treated to one of the best breakfast meals we've experienced in our travels. The service is first class, meals superb and price reasonable. 

One of the attractions I can highly recommend is the Stanley Seal Cruises. Upon arriving down at the wharf you come across this quaint little boat and matching painted tea-house situated on the rocks. You are greeted by Darryl (Skipper) and his wife Heather (who runs the tea house).

Darryl welcomes you on board and runs through the safety brief with a twist of humour. We were taken out for a 75 minute cruise to ‘Bull Rock’, which are the breeding grounds for the fur seals. I was so surprised at how close up to the seals Darryl took the boat and what show offs the seals were to the audience onboard. The seal cruises operate from September to early June. Tickets are $49 and it’s a trip well worth taking.

The Nut, rising 152 meters from the sea, dominates the headland that the fishing village of Stanley shelters behind. You can either choose to walk up the hill or take the chair lift to the top for a seagull’s view of the historic town and picturesque coastline. The trip takes about 5 minutes each way. Long enough to take some great photos. It cost $7 each way, which we found fair as when you’re at the top there’s a 3 km walk around from each viewing look out – one handy piece of advice we were give was to do the walk anti-clockwise as its not so steep. Also recommend this attraction.

The weekend flew by and there was still more to experience around this heritage town. To truly explore the area, I would probably suggest allowing a few days in Stanley to experience more of the attractions and beauty.

April 29, 2014 | Posted in: On Road Tours, Tasmania