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Stanley

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Wildlife Areas · Historic Sites · Aquariums
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Travelling west, Stanley is the second-last major township on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Smithton being the larger township in the Circular Head municipality.According to the, Stanley had a population of 481.HistoryIn 1825 the Van Diemen's Land Company was granted land in north-western Van Diemen's Land, including the Stanley area. Employees of the company from England settled in the area in October 1826.The site was named after Lord Stanley, the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the 1830s and 1840s, who later had three terms of office as British Prime Minister.A port opened in 1827 and the first school opened in 1841. Stanley officially became a town in 1842 and by 1843 more than 8,000 acres had been sold or leased to almost 70 people.The Post Office opened on 1 July 1845 and was known as Circular Head post office until 1882. In 1880 the first coach service between Stanley and Burnie was established.In 1936 a submarine telephone cable from Apollo Bay to Stanley provided the first telephone to Tasmania from the mainland.The town todayToday Stanley is a tourist destination and the main fishing port on the north-west coast of Tasmania.
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Highfield Historic Site ©
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Highfield Historic Site
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Duration: 2 hours
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Stanley Heritage Walk
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Joe Lyons Cottage
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Duration: 4 hours
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Edge of the World ©
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Edge of the World Arthur River
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Hidden gems in Stanley

Stanley Discovery Museum ©
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Stanley Discovery Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Stanley Seaquarium ©
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Stanley Seaquarium
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Duration: 30 minutes
The Angel's Share ©
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The Angel's Share
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Providore 24
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Museums in Stanley

Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery
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Cow 'n' Calf Art Gallery
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Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Stanley

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Sticks & Stones Shells & Bones
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Duration: 30 minutes

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