Climbing the Nut
The main attraction in Stanley is a large rock formation nicknamed 'The Nut' after settlers tried to blast away the odd formation, however, after setting off 5000 pounds of dynamite nothing happened - it was said "that is one tough nut to crack" and the name stuck. On the drive to Stanley along the Northern Coast I was amazed to find that you can see 'The Nut' from half-way across the island. There is a chair-lift that operates, however there is also a trail to take if you prefer to hike up and down (which I did). The trail looks pretty easy from the maps on the ground, but what they don't tell you is that the path goes almost directly straight up. On the trip back down I quickly learned that the railing is there for a reason, and after falling twice I used it to guide me the entire way back to the bottom. As soon as I reached the top the view was incredible. There are paths that circle the outer edge of the Nut with historical signs, but visitors are free to wander the inside as well. No matter which direction I looked the views just kept getting better. Climbing the Nut in Stanley was one of the highlights of my time in Tasmania and I highly recommend taking the time to visit it.
By Ashley King
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