Ride the scenic chairlift or walk to the plateau of an ancient volcanic plug and look out across the town of Stanley and the wild seas of Bass Strait.
The Nut State Reserve protects the magnificent surroundings of Stanley’s picturesque coastal bluff. Rising out of the waters of the Bass Strait, the Nut is a landmark in northwest Tasmania and a fantastic spot to experience coastal views and fresh sea air. Hike the zigzagging path up the Nut’s sheer face or cruise to the peak of the formation on a enchanting chairlift ride.
The Nut is a distinctive silhouette on the horizon of the northwest coast, instantly recognisable from many different seaside villages and rural townships in the region. Named Circular Head by the explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798, the Nut is a much-loved scenic attraction for locals and visitors. Challenge yourself to the 1-hour roundtrip walk up and down the zigzagging stairways that scale the bluff. As you walk, be sure to take plenty of stops to look at the spectacular views unfolding behind you. Alternatively, catch the chairlift and soar over the sheer sides of the Nut, alighting on its flat-topped peak after a few minutes.
On top of the Nut, you’ll find the Nut Summit Circuit. This trail loops around the Nut State Reserve on the bluff’s peak, providing panoramic lookouts and boundless ocean views. Look directly down on the township of Stanley and watch fishing boats sailing in and out of the wharf. You might see windsurfers or yachts sailing around Stanley Harbour.
Gaze toward the northeast out into the rugged swell of Bass Strait. Surfers can be seen taking on the swell at Godfreys Beach, which extends from the northern edge of the state park. Look to the northwest of the reserve to spot the Highfield Historic Site, which contains a historic house dating back to the early 1800s.
Visit the Nut State Reserve at any time of the year for free. The chairlift has a fee and operates daily between September and early June.