Stanley Tasmania

by Monday, November 21, 2016

Stanley is an historic town in Tasmania’s north-west that’s positioned on a peninsula that extends into Bass Strait. Named after Lord Stanley, the British Secretary of State for the Colonies in the 1840s, it’s the main fishing port on the north-west coast of Tasmania and is famous for its amazing nature experiences.

Stanley’s perfectly preserved colonial buildings have been given National Trust Classification, its streets are lined with quaint craft and pottery stores, tea houses, cafes, galleries and shops filled with home-made goodies.

Apart from being naturally beautiful, having no traffic lights or parking meters, Stanley is a town where visitors are immediately made to feel welcome and right at home. It’s a peaceful and tranquil town, but many locals say the town’s energy comes from The Nut – the 13 million-year-old plug of extinct volcano, standing approximately 150 metres high!

The rocky outcrop, which resembles a cake, was spotted by Matthew Flinders in 1798 and is believed to have been formed when lava shot from the earth’s surface and cooled to form basalt. Three of its sides are sheer and it sits on the end of a 7km isthmus.

For a town of under 500 people, Stanley has a lot to offer – the sea, stunning farmland, historic buildings, shops, galleries, great restaurants and more.

The Ark Stanley is a lovely guest house located opposite Tatlows Beach and at the base of The Nut. This restored period home has five stunning suites on offer, all with their own flair and personality, but all very chic.

It’s the perfect accommodation choice for those who seek comfort, luxury and style while being a stone’s throw from major attractions and dining.

From mid-December to mid-April, when hosts Christer and Rhonda are on-site, a beautiful continental breakfast is included in the price of the stay: yummy house-baked beans and yoghurt, nuts, fruits, jams and freshly brewed coffee are just some of what’s on offer.

To discover more about The Ark Stanley, or to book visit their website.


Stanley, the north-west Coast of Tasmania. Otherwise known as the ‘Edge of the World’.