A freelance writer, journalism student and keen photographer living in Ipswich, Australia.
Published February 20th 2017
A hard place nut to miss
The Nut. It's a place that lives up to its name –a large, grassy dome on Tasmania's harsh far north-western coast surrounded by the oceans of the Bass Strait. These remains of a solidified lava lake of an ancient volcano loom 152 metres above the small coastal town of Stanley.
A fairly steep walking track climbs up to the top of this fascinating geological formation. Deterred by poor weather, we decided to take the enjoyable five-minute chairlift ride up to the top, rather than attempting the climb. The chairlift runs from 9:30am to roughly 5pm daily, depending on the time of the year. The Nut is accessible via the walking track all year round, but the chairlift only operates from the 4th September until the first Thursday in June, stopping during the poor-weather conditions of winter.
Stanley is often referred to as 'the edge of the world,' which can feel true whilst witnessing the 360 degree views of the town, the Rocky Cape National Park and the seemingly endless Bass Strait atop of The Nut. A circular walking track winds around the plateau for an easy two kilometres between various lookouts. These viewing platforms provide excellent photographic opportunities to capture the panoramic views.
The Nut also has various benches and picnic tables around the walk, perfect for a picnic lunch to break up the walk. If you look and listen carefully you may spot pademelon hopping between the bushes and foliage near the walking track. For those who prefer a hot meal or coffee, there is a friendly coffee and souvenir shop at the base of the Nut, near the entrance to the chairlift.
The picturesque town of Stanley will fascinate any fans of the 2016 movie The Light Between Oceans with some stunning scenes shot in the area. The area is also known for its various observation tours of Tasmania's intriguing coastal wildlife, such as penguins, seals and sea birds.