Travelling Australia - Journal 2015b
|25 April 2015
Stanley is a small village on the north coast of Tasmania built at the foot of a substantial rock feature called "The Nut". Stanley is very much a tourist destination but is also the home of a significant fishing fleet. In combination these two activities make for memorable seafood eating
The older part of the village has been built literally around the base of The Nut with a haphazard road pattern. Until drivers get used to Stanley, becoming lost and/or confused is the usual result of entering the shop area; but once the layout is absorbed driving around is easy, partly because there is so little traffic.
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An interesting tourist activity is a fishing boat ride to look at a rocky island called "The Bull" a few kilometres from Stanley which is the home of hundreds of seals. They generally ignore the boat of tourists drifting a few metres from them. But, according the tour operators, there would be a different reaction if anybody stepped onto the rock; all the seals would immediately be gone into the water. The rock is also used by hundreds of Black-faced Cormorants resting between fishing trips.