Slip on socks and Blundstone boots, then put your best foot forward on one of the edge of the worlds extensive network of walking tracks or ease the pace on a heritage walking tour of our historic Stanley streetscapes and small country towns.
Godfrey’s Beach Penguin Viewing
The new viewing platform, is suitable for wheelchair access, it provides an incredible viewing experience on the foreshore, immediately below The Nut.
Welcome to Godfrey’s Beach Penguin Viewing Platform.
The little penguin is found only in Southern Australia and New Zealand. It is the smallest but also the noisiest of all penguins.
The primary aim of the Stanley Penguin Guides is to protect the Little Penguin breeding colony at the Nut State Reserve on the eastern side of Godfrey’s Beach. The best season for viewing penguins is the breeding season which usually lasts from September to March. Penguin numbers usually drop off in late January to mid March due to the birds molting. Viewing is best at dusk, just on dark.
Even though adult penguins can often be seen at night in the ‘off-season’, the weather can be very unpleasant, nor are chicks present, so viewing is not recommended.
Important guidlines for visitors.
Parking and Toilets are located near the barbeque area at the bottom of Browns Road. It is also only a short walk from the town centre.
The new viewing platform is well signed, fenced and sensor lit with environmental lighting. The viewing platform has been developed to maximise visitor enjoyment but more importantly to create a safe and secure environment for the Little Penguins.
Please abide by and respect the information signs located along the viewing platform. Be quiet, move slowly and avoid sudden movements. Cameras, mobile phones, smoking and pets are all prohibited in the penguin colony. Please do not attempt to climb over boundary fences, litter or feed animals. Your cooperation will ensure the protection and safety of these beautiful creatures.
Volunteer Guides are available during the summer months where available.
Slide into TARKINE FOREST ADVENTURES at Dismal Swamp. Dismal Swamp sinkhole is a dramatic sign on the earth’s surface of an underground world of caves, spring holes and streams.
Dismal Swamp is the only blackwood sinkhole in the world.
Down below, where the walkway and slide end, four pathways take you into a swamp that is rare in the world. This natural beauty is home to a diverse range of creatures, ringtail possums, pademelons, spotted tail quoll, devils and the very special burrowing crayfish. For the bird enthusiasts, the pink breasted robin is a delight with its “tick” call like two stones clicked together and a trill
9.00am – 5 pm December to January, 10 am – 4 pm all other months
Closed June to August, Closed Christmas Day and during hazardous weather conditions
$20.00 Per Adult $10.00 Per Child ( Child is 8 years to 12 years) Free Children 7 years and under
Note: The admission fee covers entry to the Maze below. Slides are purchased at an additional cost of $2.00 each.
To ride the slide you need to be 8 Years AND 90cm tall.
Address: 26059 Bass Highway Togari 7330, Tasmania, Australia
Take a leisurely chairlift ride to the top of the Nut. This intriguing landform is a solidified lava lake of a long-extinct volcano. Its presence provides a striking backdrop to historic Stanley, one of Tasmania’s prettiest coastal villages. From the top there are 360° views taking in Stanley, Rocky Cape National Park and Highfield Historic Site, along with lush farmland and scenic coastline as far as the eye can see.
The Nut Chairlift is a Dopplemayr, double seat, designed and fabricated in Austria. It rises 95 metres over a distance of 250 metres. Providing an effortless 5 minute ride to the summit, it is considered amongst the safest in the world. Since its construction in 1987, it has securely carried hundreds of thousands of visitors to the top of the Nut and back. The view from the chairlift is magnificent and provides unique photo opportunities.
Dip falls are two tiered falls on the Dip River at Mawbanna. The picnic and barbecue area is located right on the river where visitors can take the stepped path down to the base of the falls to observe the unique rock formations. The road continues over the river where there is a platform providing an unsurpassed view out over the top of the falls.
A kilometre further along the road visitors can marvel at the Big Tree, a eucalypt obliqua some 17 metres around its girth in the wet eucalypt forest. The pathways to the viewing platform and the Big Tree are suitable for disabled access. There are also toilet facilities.
A relaxing and secluded barbeque area surrounded by forest is located on either side of the Black River. It is great for swimming and fishing for black fish and trout. Visitors can cross the river over a concrete ford if the water is shallow enough (check the depth guage), and travel onto Mawbanna and Dip Falls via an unsealed road.
Address: Spion Kop Road South Forest Tasmania 7330
Walk quietly and observe carefully – the swirl of a swimming platypus, quoll tracks along the Stanley Tasmania Wildlife Tideline, wombats and wallabies rustling in the bush. Our oceans and coasts teem with life – seals and penguins, shearwaters and sea eagles, dolphins and whales.
On land or sea, specialist wildlife tours take you where you’re most likely to see rare and unusual fauna.
In many National Parks, animals are often easier to observe close-up, especially at dusk.
Tasmania’s isolation from mainland Australia has ensured the survival of many plants and animals that are rare, or even extinct, elsewhere in the country.
Visitors are often surprised at how accessible Tasmania’s native wildlife is. In many areas on even a short bushwalk you can come across a pademelon, wombat or wallaby. Beacuse many of the animals are active at night, we ask all visitors to take particular care when driving at dusk or after dark.
The Rocky Cape National Park or ‘Tangdimmaa’ is located at Rocky Cape, about a 15 minutes drive from Stanley. The park has great significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginals called the Rar.rer.loi.he.ner people, who once made their homes in the sea caves situated along the coastline.
There are several walks throughout the park, ranging from 50 minutes up to 6 hours. Barbeque facilities are available as well as toilets and information booths. A National Parks Pass is required.
Scottish settlers played Australia’s first round of golf in the 1830s at Bothwell, where the nation’s oldest course hosts a fascinating range of memorabilia at the Australasian Golf Museum. Have you ever played on a golf course that is nestled beneath a 150 metre extinct volcano or along one of Tasmania’s most beautiful beaches?
Stanley is the home to one of Tasmania’s greenest greens and roughest roughs. There are more than 80 club courses welcoming visiting members throughout Tasmania. Both Stanley’s Golf Course and Smithton Country Club are 9 hole courses.
Trowutta Arch was formed by the collapse of a cave. The roof fell in leaving a section between two “sink holes”. The site is not well known and the short walk to the site is through spectacular rainforest.
Follow the C218 Take Trowutta Road through Trowutta and turn left onto Reids Road. After 0.7 km turn right onto Reynolds Road and continue for 2.94 kms before turning left onto Gunn Road. Continue along Gunn Road for another 1.2 kms to a sign on the left indicating the edge of the Trowutta Caves State Reserve. After another 100 metres a sign on the left indicates the start of the walking track to Trowutta Arch. A 15 minute, relatively easy walk along a well formed track into the rainforest is suitable for all weather. The path leads through the forest to the interesting an unique geological feature of Trowutta Arch.”
‘Osborne Heli Tours’ operate a variety of scenic flights and experiences from the picturesque seaside village of Stanley. Stunning views from above await as you follow the rugged coast to Woolnorth and Cape Grim or head inland to witness the beautiful Tarkine forests and the winding Arthur River.
Transfers to the surrounding islands and tailored packages can be arranged for those wanting something a little different. With prices starting at $175 per person, flights are available on request every day of the year and bookings can be made online.’
Stanley is famous for its runs of Blue Warehou, also known as Snotty Trevally from the Stanley Wharf. Freshwater fishing can be found at Lake Mikany. Nelson Bay located at the mouth of the Arthur River is a thriving fishing destination. The onset of spring can see sea-run trout and salmon active.
Anglers fishing in Tasmania’s inland waters must hold a current Inland Fisheries Service angling licence. Anyone may, however, take indegenous ie native fish, using a bush pole without a license.
A licensee may fish Tasmania’s approved inland waters with a rod, reel and line only during the open season. An angling licence has a maximum duration on 1 year, from 1st August until the following 31st of July. No matter when you buy your license it will expire on the following 31st of July.
Note that a license is not valid unless signed in ink by the holder. This does not have to be done at the point of purchase but it must be done before use.
No adult, licensed or unlicensed, may fish in a juvenile angling pond ie one reserved for use by young people under 16 years.
Specific fishing regulations for bag and size limits and fishing techniques (bait, lure or fly) may vary between waters.
We surf all year around in Tasmania and if you like the idea of plenty of uncrowded breaks with clean, powerful waves, you’ll get a buzz out of Tassie surfing. The North West of Tasmania also experiences strong consistent winds that are great for windsurfing.
One of the best things about surfing and windsurfing in Tasmania is as long as you’re willing to travel you will always find a great ride. Marrawah’s big Southern Ocean groundswells challenge the best. Bring your wetsuit – like anywhere else in Southern Australia, you’ll need it.
Trek our coasts with the sun on your back there are several Great Short Walks to enjoy throughout the region. There are scenic walking tracks in Smithton and Stanley, whether you are looking for a gentle stroll or a physical challenge, a seaside ramble or a landscape vista. They can be accessed easily.
Look out for the North West Visitor Guide where we have outlined some walks in the townships of Smithton and Stanley. Also a great booklet is National Parks and Wildlife’s 60 Great Short Walks.
Cycle around historic Stanley and discover little trails, quiet streets and quaint cafes along the way. Be a little more daring and cycle to the base of the Nut, or do the round trip along the scenic road of the striking Green Hills and enjoy breath taking views of spectacular beaches and bays at your own leisure.
Be invigorated and hire a bike for an hour or a day.
The Centre has five new 18 Speed Malvern Star bicycles for hire, fully maintained and serviced.
Bicycles are available for adults and children with various sized, sanitised helmets.
The new Smithton Wellbeing Indoor Recreation and Leisure centre is located in Smithton.
This state-of-the-art wellbeing and leisure facility will include a six-lane 25-metre indoor swimming pool, a program pool and aquatic play area for the kids to enjoy. Services will include swimming party options, kiosk, group fitness classes and aqua aerobics programs.