Tassie time

Step back in time in Tasmania at the Ship Inn Stanley.

Photography by Ship Inn

04 May 2023


Nestled at the base of a sheer-sided bluff (The Nut) which sits at the apex of a stunning peninsula in North West Tasmania, 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.

Recognising the lucrative opportunity of building such an establishment within the burgeoning town in the late 1800s 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 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.

For stays from 1 May 2023 until 31 August 2023, Ship Inn Stanley is offering a fantastic Off Season offer. Guests who book direct online can choose a ‘stay three, pay two special’, receiving their third night of accommodation for free.

This off season, embrace winters cosy side; be inspired climbing the Nut and exploring the historic Stanley village and the rugged edge of the world… then snuggle down in the warmth of the old inn, letting your toes enjoy a complimentary pair of snuggly mustard-coloured socks – perfect for staying cosy whilst out on a hike, or for snuggling up by the fire in the guest lounge.

Let the Tasmanian landscape and imagery restore your soul, and those socks in the iconic hues of Ship Inn Stanley cocoon you in the warmth of a Tassie winter.

Value of offer varies, depending on price of suite booked – from $350 to $820. Each stay comes with daily breakfast provisions, of fresh baked bread, Tasmanian jams and leatherwood honey, toasted muesli, rhubarb compote, poached apple, Greek yoghurt, milk, juice, and a selection of artisan Tasmanian teas and coffee pods.



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