If you’re an art or history buff or a purveyor of fine food, sweet treats and delicious drinks, then the North West of Tasmania and the Tasting Trail is for you. You’ll wake up your taste buds with paddock to plate goodies tasting fresh hazelnuts, truffles, ciders, diary, gelato, honey, raspberries and more! North West Tasmania- land of rolling green hills and stunning coastlines, has the very best of produce.
There are great things to tempt you in Stanley too. Try the freshest seafood as fishing fleets go out daily bringing the best seafood from fleet to plate and you must give Tarkine oysters a try…then there’s lobsters, kimchi, succulent pork, La Cantana cheese, the best of honey and so on. This historic fishing village of Stanley & North West Tasmania, loves to eat well.
Besides food, there are plenty of things to do in Stanley and North West Tasmania. Stanley is the second largest town in this area and filled with early colonial buildings and sweet historic cottages to admire. Walk or cycle around town and discover Stanley’s rich history. See the famous geological formation on the peninsula, visit the penguins and beautiful swimming beaches, discover fabulous art works, wine bars, ‘the Nut”and historic sites and homesteads. bush walking and 4WD trails and more.
The nearest airport is Burnie Wynyard 60km away or 183 km from Launceston Airport. Mariner Rose Stanley is 402 km (4 hrs 52 mins drive) from Hobart.
Experience a wonder of hiking, cycling trails, bush walking and 4WD trails. Discover more off the beaten track gems in the Tarkine Rainforest for nature lovers where all the fun begins. Drive even further and experience the hidden staircase for lovers, accessed only by boat or kayak in Corinna. Or gaze out at the Edge of The World at Gardiner’s Point-an unmatched location for viewing sunsets.
Check out Wynard’s Table Cape crowned with a tulip farm, Ulverstone on the River Leven, Devonport to Cradle Mountain and the breathtaking drive to Penguin to see the famous Pablo!
Right in the heart of Stanley and 700m from Godfreys Beach, Mariner Rose Stanley, offers a King and Queen Guest Suites for couples with continental breakfast (as well as a shared lounge/dining with library) and the option to enjoy a full breakfast, homemade evening meals, Devonshire Teas, a very special celebratory High Tea experience, picnic lunches and cheese platters.
Just off the highway at Stanley, is the gorgeous seaside village of Boat Harbour. Surrounded by fertile, green farmlands and ocean blue, swim, snorkel and relax. Walk the Postman’s Track at the edge of the spectacular Rocky Cape National Park and check out remarkable geological rock formations at Pimatek. Boat Harbour’s pristine beach (and nearby Sister beach) will lure you in like the lobsters they catch here in its crystal clear waters.
Wellness & Pampering
- Salt Beauty Stanley – 1/15 Church St, Stanley
- Salt Hair Stanley – 9 Church St, Stanley
- Amore Spa – 9 Arnold St, Penguin
- South Side Salon – 59 Strahan St, South Burnie
- Saroxy Hair and Beauty – Shop 1, 24 Terrylands St, Burnie
- Indulgence, Beauty Within – Plaza Arcade Rear of, 34 Wilson St, Burnie
Explore & Discover
- Explore the historic buildings and colonial cottages of Stanley
- Pay a visit to the early 1880’s Highfield Historic House – a stunning example of colonial (Regency) architecture and take in the spectacular views overlooking Stanley and The Nut all along the rugged coastline out to Bass Strait. (hold onto your hats as it gets very windy here!)
- Meander through the 9.5 hectares of property originally occupied some 350,000 acres of agricultural land which has reduced over time and today covers 9.5 acres with out buildings and gardens
- Highfield House can host your special occasion too!
- Drive through the greatest expanse of cool-temperate rainforest in Australia with towering Eucalypt of The Tarkine
- Explore by 4WD The Tarkine Wilderness – This area is quite remote with few or no petrol stations depending on your destination. A 4WD is highly recommended on dirt or unsealed roads and do pack a spare tyre and extra provisions (water, food and petrol, warm, wet weather gear) on the off chance your car breaks down
- Picnic, fish, swim, 4WD at Arthur River. This is the north boundary of the Tarkine River with a quiet village. It’s a nature lovers paradise for bush walkers, popular fishing spot and has access to the Western Explorer 4WD road, traversing the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area with Corinna, 112 km away
- See ‘The Nut’ – the huge geological formation and popular tourist attraction. It can’t be missed, towering over Stanley at 152 metres high. You can walk the Nut State Reserve trail for amazing views
- Take The Nut Chairlift – a cruisy ride above Stanley with 360 degree views of the town, Rocky Cape National Park and all the way to Bass Strait
- Pop into several prominent art galleries and craft shops selling creative, local work
- Discover fabulous artists in the ‘City of Makers’ (Burnie) and the outdoor gallery of Sheffield
- Don’t miss the Stanley Wine Bar for an afternoon tipple of fine Tasmanian wines and beers
- Take a dip at Dip Falls – a gorgeous cascade waterfall in the depths of the Dip River Forest Reserve at Mawballa
- Admire the penguins coming ashore at Stanley and Wynyard or join a penguin tour at Wynyard
- Cruise the Arthur River
- Visit Port Harbour, Wynyard, Burnie, Sheffield, Railton and Penguin
- Walk the Postman’s Track at the edge of the spectacular Rocky Cape National Park and check out remarkable geological rock formations at Pimatek
- Visit Sisters Beach and Triple Cape Lighthouse, Lobster Ponds, The Vault at Wynyard, Allendale Gardens
- Check out the Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre
- Garden lovers will adore the magical park at Gutteridge Gardens
- Tiptoe through the tulips at Table Cape Tulip Farm
- Swim, paddle, fish and snorkel at Boat Harbour
- Admire the view at Sumac Lookout on the c218 Trowutta loop near Devonport
- The amazing sandstone cliffs from Fossil Bluff Lookout
- Visit the town of Topiary – Railton
- Pick up a relic at Wynyard Foreshore Markets
- Watch a sunset at the Edge of the World
- Taste test at Alchymia Distillery
- Visit Tasmania’s First Wind Farm
- See Rock Art and Petroglyphs
- Stanley Hotel- a great pub with loads of local flavour which are supplied by local businesses – beef from Greenhams in Smithton – family owned, chicken from the Nicol’s farm, Shakespeare Hills Eggs, mixed cabbage kimchi from Sue at KimchiMe, succulent pork by Scottsdale Pork (paddock-bred in the Cuckoo Valley) and Joel Gilby’s abalone, caught in Stanley as well as Pacific oysters supplied by Tarkine fresh oysters in Smithton. They stand by their commitment to only use the freshest of seafood, the Heathorn, Hardy, Hursey and Bishop families supplied daily with what comes in from the local fishing boats, including scallops, lobster in season and octopus
- Hersery Seafoods, Stanley – 2 Alexander Terrace, Stanley. Hersery prides in fresh fleet to plate. Their fleet of red fishing boats source the finest Tasmanian wild-caught seafood to bring to your plate
- Marleys @ Sticks and Stones Shells and Bones – 27 Church St, Stanley
- Touchwood Gallery Cafe – 31 Church St, Stanley
- Seekers Bar and Cafe – 290 Port Rd, Boat Harbour Beach
- Cafe Umami – 60 Goldie St, Wynyard
- The Lunch Company – 102 Goldie St, Wynyard
- Lady Bugs (pizza) – 8 Inglis St, Wynyard
- Burger Bar Hotel Federal – 82 Goldie St, Wynyard
- Wynyard Seafoods on the Wharf
- Hersery Seafoods – 2 Alexander Terrace, Stanley
- Stanley Harvest Produce and Pantry will be bringing a new monthly market showcasing producers, makers – 36 Hale Street, Stanley, Tasmania
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- Tarkine Fresh Oysters – offering takeaway options and cafe. Here’s you’ll find a passionate team growing oysters for over 40 years. You can also order Joe Chromy wines, craft beer and ciders, oyster shucking knives plus the very popular Oyster Wheels and Eazy Azz cooking trays for you to use at home. The wheels make a great gift for an oyster lover. There’s a good selection of Tasmanian items such as pickled onions, relish, Ginseng spice, raspberry vinegar, local octopus & scallops
- Blue Hills Honey
- Visit the KimchiMe Farm located at 67 Myrtle Grove Road Wiltshire, Tasmania – Australian Certified organic, vegan, handmade, over 4 years expertise and proudly Tasmanian.
- La Cantara Artisan Cheese
- Providore 24 Pickled Onions
- Lemon Tree Providore – 44 Goldie St, Wynyard
- Stanley Harvest Market – 36 Hale Street, Stanley, Tasmania
- Wynyard Foreshore Market – 23, C240, Wynyard
- Wynyard Indoor Markets – 28 Goldie St, Wynyard
- Burnie Farmers Market – Wivenhoe Showground, 10 Smith St, Burnie
- Penguin Undercover Market – 11 Arnold St, Penguin
- Alchymia Distillery
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