Spend the day exploring the charming little fishing village of Stanley, which is nestled at the base of the “Nut”, a sheer-sided bluff – all that remains of an ancient volcanic plug - while your Cruise Ship is berthed in Burnie.
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. You will also visit Highfield House, an imposing Georgian Home, which was once the VDL Manager’s residence, set high on top of the hill overlooking the town below.
You will be transported from the wharf to the Maker’s Workshop in Burnie by free shuttle bus arranged by the ship’s agents. You will meet your guide at the Maker’s Workshop and transported to Stanley.
Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, genteel cafes and quality B&B cottages, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres (about 500 feet) straight up from the water’s edge.
A walking track climbs to the summit of the Nut, or you can take the chairlift (at own cost, as it is oprional), with its spectacular views across Bass Strait beaches and over the town. There is a small café at the base of the Nut, where you can partake of morning tea and other refreshments.
Having spent a couple of hours exploring the Nut, you can wander around the historic village of Stanley, where you will see the many historic buildings, culminating in a light lunch at one of the many eating establishments in the town.
After lunch, you will be taken up to Highfield House, an historic site, which offers an historically accurate vision of a gentleman’s home and farm in the 1830s. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with view across to Stanley, the Nut and the Bass Strait beyond. The house has been restored and its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden.