The historic village of Stanley is beautifully situated within the panoramic vista of Tasmania’s remote North West. Nestled at the base of a sheer-sided bluff (The Nut) which sits at the apex of a stunning peninsula, Stanley is a major tourist destination within a greater community that harnesses elements of fascinating geographic, historic significance.
The Ship Inn Stanley, one of many remaining historic buildings in the quaint port town, was built by the grandfather of Tasmanian born Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons. Recognizing the lucrative opportunity of building such an establishment within the burgeoning town in the late 1800’s Lyon’s grandfather unknowingly began what was to be a long and eventful story for the Inn which enjoys an unrivalled location within the township.
Backing onto The Nut, all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug, and offering exceptional views out across the bay, the Ship Inn Stanley takes advantage of its awe-inspiring aspect with the ancient Nut towering some 150 metres behind the Inn and dramatically contrasted by the open oceanic vista ahead.
The cottage where Joseph Lyons was born is now open to the public as a museum and is located right next door. Be sure to add this to your list of ‘places to visit’ and step back in time to experience the incredible collection of memorabilia and local history contained inside.
The township has many local attractions, ranging from the wonderful restaurants, wine bars, cafes and galleries to the historic Highfield House. With many beautiful walks on offer around the surrounding community you will find an abundance of outstanding scenery to photograph, capturing memories of your time here. Stanley is a photographer’s delight with its stunning beaches, quaint cottages, historic port and The Nut watching like an ancient sentinel over the village.
Further afield explore the Tarkine Wilderness and Edge Of The World, or Cruise the Arthur River and explore Trowutta Arch and nearby Dip Falls. We are also a short drive to Boat Harbour with its stunning azure waters, and the Rocky Cape National Park.
Stanley is a wonderful base to begin your exploration of the stunning North West coast of Tasmania.
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FOOD / DRINKS
Your stay at Ship Inn Stanley includes a complimentary continental breakfast which is available for you to enjoy in your suite at your leisure. The perfect simple light start to fuel you for a morning of exploring.
BREAKFAST / LUNCH
The shopping strip in Stanley is a short stroll from your suite and includes a variety of shops, cafes and museums to explore.
The Angels Share is a delightful bar in a converted bank and serves fine Tasmanian wine and spirits as well as offering an assortment of luxury products.
The ambience is quirky and a cross between antique retro and steam-punk, with a fabulous variety of wine, beer and spirits on offer. Delicious cheese platters and desserts are also available.
SHIP INN STANLEY – Ghost of Old John Peacock Guest Lounge. A delightful lounge on the Ship Inn grounds. Enjoy acomplimentary muscat, tea or coffee or a drink from your personal mini bar in the guest lounge, a converted1903 Billiard Hall.
SIT DOWN DINNER
We recommend that you make a booking upon arrival, or in advance for peak season and holiday periods.
A classic Australian pub with a great quality bistro offering good quality meals and focusing on local produce and a friendly bar.
A stylish restaurant featuring a true ‘fleet to plate’ experience of local wild-caught seafood, also caters to vegetarians, kids and has non seafood options.
For those opting for a more casual dining experience there are BBQ facilities at nearby Godfreys Beach, and takeaway options from Hurseys as well as Stanley Supermarket. The local providore also sells a wonderful array of fine local cheeses, pâté and delicacies.