The Nut, Stanley: The Chairlift And What To Expect

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The Nut is a sight that literally cannot be missed if you make it to Stanley. The remains of an ancient volcanic plug, the sheer sided bluff rises 143 metres from Bass Strait over the historic town of Stanley.

The Nut Stanley
The Nut from near Highfield Historic Site

Originally called Circular Head, it’s not just a pretty site but a fun part of Tasmania to explore. You can walk or chair lift to the mostly flat top where there’s not just stunning views but hiking opportunities to explore.

Below, you will find our full review of The Nut in Stanley so you can decide if you want to visit this fun and scenic place.

Information About The Nut Stanley, Tasmania

views from Stanley Nut Tasmania
One of the many views from the top

The Nut is easy to access from the town of Stanley with a road to the chairlift and track to the top. From the centre of town, it’s about a five-minute walk to the chairlift and the track and there is a car park here as well as a combined café and shop.

The Nut Stanley car park
Car park at The Nut Stanley
The Nut Stanley shop
The shop at the start of the track

It’s best to visit on a calm, clear day to get the best views and have the best experience. It can get VERY windy here which can make the experience less enjoyable so if you are in Stanley for a few days, try to pick a day that’s not windy.

For the best The Nut Stanley Tasmania photos, there are some places to stop by the road into town. The best view, however, is right before you reach Highfield Historic Site from Godfrey Beach so I recommend a drive there if you want to take the perfect photo (the top photo is from this point).

Climbing The Nut, Tasmania

The Nut Stanley chairlift
The chairlift at the bottom

There are two ways to get to the top – walking up or taking the chairlift.

The walk up is short but steep – The Nut is 143 metres high after all! The chairlift is fun but it won’t be for people who hate heights. On the way down, it can feel like you are going a looong way down.

The Nut Chairlift

The Nut Stanley chairlift up
From the chairlift on the way up The Nut

The Nut Stanley chairlift is a safe, easy and fun way to reach the top of The Nut from just above the township of Stanley.

The ride to the top takes about five minutes to cover 250 metres while going up about 95 metres. It is a steep ride up but this adds to the fun.

The Nut Tasmania chairlift seats are bench style with a bar over the top. If you are travelling with kids, you can fit three on one of the seats.

The Nut Stanley chairlift
The chairlift
The Nut Stanley chairlift station
The chairlift station at the bottom
Stanley Tasmania The Nut chairlift at the top
The chairlift station on top of The Nut

It’s a low key affair with tickets bought from the person manning the chairlift. You can chose to make a one way or return journey.

Probably the best part about riding up this way is the views. On the way up, there are great views of The Nut up close, on the way down, over the town and surrounding scenery. It’s a great opportunity to take some photos.

We took The Nut chairlift Stanley Tasmania with our kids aged from 4 – 10 who all loved it.

Walking Track

The Nut Stanley track up
The track up The Nut

If you don’t want to take the chairlift and would like a work out, you can take a track to the top of The Nut. Starting near the chairlift, this is a straightforward, albeit steep, walk to the top. There are some great views on the way up and the good part is that the pain is over fast.

At The Top Of The Nut

The Nut Stanley viewing platform
One of the many viewing platforms on The Nut
The Nut Tasmania Stanley track on top
Part of the track going around the top of The Nut

While getting to the top of The Nut can seem like the main event, there is still a lot of fun to be had at the top. The Nut Stanley walk around the top is a must do in my opinion.

This walk takes a leisurely 45 minutes with stops to read the boards and take in the views. It’s an easy walk on a good path which is mostly flat but there are some downhill and uphill sections. There are many lookout points and the terrain changes more than you might think.

The Nut Stanley walking tracks on top
Part of the track on top of The Nut. There is more variety than I expected on top
The Nut Stanley
Walking track on top of The Nut

If you don’t want to do the full Stanley The Nut walk, you should at least do the first section to the right when you hop off the chairlift or reach the top to the first viewing point over the town (the photos below are from this point).

Note, on a windy day, it’s tough to want to stay up here long. This area is known for its wind so it can be hard to avoid but try to pick the least windy day you can.

The Nut Tasmania Location

The Nut Stanley Tasmania map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Within Stanley, The Nut Tasmania location is easy to spot right behind the town. To get to the chairlift, go to Browns Road at the back of Stanley. The walking track also starts here.

Final Words

The Nut Stanley views
Looking over Stanley from on top
Views of Stanley from on top of The Nut
Views over Stanley

The Nut Tas is simply a must visit place when in this part of Tasmania. The chair lift ride up can feel like an adventure in itself and I highly recommend walking the track around the top.

It’s a nice walk in and off itself and then when you add in the views, it’s one of my favourite short walks in Tasmania.

I highly recommend a visit here.

I hope you enjoyed this guide to making the journey to and up The Nut! If you are looking for The Nut Tasmania accommodation, find my guide to the best Stanley accommodation here. For more things to do in Stanley, read our full Stanley guide here.

You can also find all our north west Tasmania guides here.


By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.