Friday, February 5, 2010

Stanley and Boat Harbour Beach

A huge basalt outcrop known as the Nut in the town of Stanley is the core of an extinct volcano and it is twelve million years old. It is 143 metres high and 32 hectares in area, making it one of the most dramatic features along the northern coastline of Tasmania. It has been described as Tasmania’s Uluru.

Visitors can either walk to the summit along a steep path or take the chairlift which operates up and down.

Boat Harbour Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in a little village along the coast just outside Wynyard. We had our second swim in Tassie here, in the month of January, and it was a magnificent swim too, with wonderful surf. The beach has lovely rocky points and is a safe swimming beach full of locals enjoying the water and surf.

We camped for the night along the grass at the side of the beach. Just out of range of the above photo.

I had a coffee in the café/restaurant overlooking the beach which served wonderful sounding, reasonably priced food (sadly our cooked meal was waiting back in the camper) and then we had a walk along the beach eating an ice cream served from the kiosk. It was one of the pleasantest afternoon/evenings in Tassie. A highlight.
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