by Chris Chalk
Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.
•Climb the remains of a giant volcanic plug.
•Take a chairlift up The Nut.
•The prettiest spot on the tip of the north-west coast.
A walking track climbs to the summit of The Nut, or you can take the chairlift, with spectacular views across Bass Strait beaches and over the town. There is accommodation and an excellent campground in Stanley, and the town is a good base for exploring the forests and coastlines further west.
You can take tours to spot seals, penguins, sea birds and other wildlife close to Stanley and local operators offer a range of observation tours.
The town was once the administrative centre for the Van Diemen's Land Company, a royal charter company, formed in 1824 during the reign of George IV. The VDL managers lived in Highfield House, a stylish Italianate home built in the 1830s that you can visit today to gain a deeper understanding of the lives of the families who lived in this remote and beautiful area.
It's worth remembering that although Tasmania is small, its landscape is diverse and its 500‚000 strong population decentralised. Tasmania is 315 kilometres (189 miles) west to east and 286 kilometres (175 miles) north to south. It is comparable in size with the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan). It covers an area of 68,331 square kilometres (26,376 square miles). Let your journey begin!
The Nut was first called Circular Head when it was discovered by Bass & Flinders in 1798. The region that surrounds the Nut has since been called Circular Head. It depends who you talk to on the origin of the name the Nut. Some say it is a shortened version of the Aboriginal name for it which was Moo-Nut-Re-Ker. Some also say the name came from when the breakwater was built in 1892. The side of the Nut was packed with explosives to construct the breakwater, once detonated nothing happened and no rocks fell from the side of the Nut. Apparently most of the crowd that gathered to watch the event, agreed that is was a “Hard Nut to Crack”.
Tasmania ~ Australia