Stanley, Tasmania…Thursday Doors.

Welcome Back to Thursday Doors.

This week we’re off to the picturesque village of Stanley, in North-West Tasmania. Stanley is the main fishing port on the north west coast of Tasmania and it was named after Lord Stanley, the British Secretary of State for the Colonies in the 1840s.


Before we launch into the subject of doors which can be surprisingly stimulating to a select group of obsessed door folk which is starting to include myself, I wanted to share the broader experience which is Stanley with you.

Map NW Tasmania

You can spot Stanley right up the top middle of the map.

Chances are you’ve never been Down Under, let alone to Tasmania. So, we’d better launch off with a map and a few directions. If you knew me in the real world, you’d already know navigating isn’t one of my strengths. Indeed, that’s what maps are for and fortunately we won’t be needing to turn the map upside down on this trip. Stanley is up the top. Stanley is also located on Bass Strait 127 km from Devonport and 231 km from Launceston. If you need any further directions, you’d better ask Suri.

However, even if you suffer from acute map-reading blindness, you can’t miss Stanley. It has it’s very own inbuilt honing beacon, a massive volcanic plug known as “The Nut”. The Nut rises 150 metres straight up out of the beach and peers over the cottages below like a friendly giant. The first European to see ‘The Nut’ was Matthew Flinders who recorded in 1798 that he’d seen a ‘cliffy round lump resembling a Christmas cake’.

Nut beach old

Historical Photo of The Nut, Stanley viewed from the beach.

If you fancy a quick geology lesson, the plaque at the lookout reads: “The Nut, discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1798, rises abruptly 143 m from the sea to a flattish top. The geological survey of Tasmania has confirmed that The Nut is the stump of an old volcano. The original core was built of fragments mainly volcanic rock ejected by explosive eruptions. Molten basaltic lava welled up the feeder pipe and in places intruded into these fragmental rocks and formed a lava lake in the crater where it solidified. As it cooled the basalt became weakly magnetised in the direction of the local magnetic field of that time. The direction and dip of this fossil magnetisation is quite different from the present magnetic field and suggests that the volcano was active during some period between 25 and 70 million years ago. Weathering and erosion since has removed all the weak rocks which built the cone so that the hard basalt of the lava pool now stands up as a conspicuous landmark. If you modelled a cone and crater in sand and half filled the crater with molten iron through a pipe from below then jetted the sand away with a hose you would get the picture.”

Captain's Cottage

If you’re really fit, you can climb up to the top of the Nut, but there’s also a chairlift. Unfortunately, on the day we were there, it was so windy that the chairlift was closed. Well, it wasn’t just when we were there. Stanley is renowned for being windy.

However, if you’re only interested in doors, you’ve probably had enough of my meandering waffle and just want me to show you the doors. You could also be thinking that when it comes to doors in Stanley, there isn’t much to show and tell.

Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I photographed these doors before I’d heard about Thursday Doors, so they’d caught my eye in more of a general sense. There might be doors which are much more photogenic, historic, or unique than those I’ve featured here. However, these are the doors I have. Although almost all of my contributions to Thursday Doors have been from Tasmania, I actually live in Great Sydney and can’t can’t just duck down to expand my scope. I have what I have. That’s it.


Above: Joseph Lyon’s former childhood home in Stanley. He was Australia’s only Tasmanian Prime Minister.

Lastly, I couldn’t leave Stanley without including this photo of the ubiquitous red phone booth:


Red Phone Booth

Anyway, that ends our door tour of Stanley. If you’d like to read more about our visit to Stanley, you can check out Blown Away By Stanley

This has been another contribution to Thursday Doors hosted by Norm 2.0. Why don’t you come and join us and share a few of your favourite doors. It’s a lot of fun and helps you see parts of the world you’ll never get to visit.

Best wishes,



15 thoughts on “Stanley, Tasmania…Thursday Doors.

  1. Norm 2.0

    By all means Rowena meander on all you want; sometimes the doors are just a lead-in that allows us to learn more about the poster and their own unique part of the world 🙂

  2. Junieper/Jesh stG

    Can imagine that the Nut kinds grows on you:) Thanks for all the info before getting to the red door.

  3. Rowena Post author

    I first came across The Nut, when I was going through some of my husband’s old photos. There was one of his grandfather there as a young man and his dog, which must’ve been around 1910. It’s one of those landmarks you can pick straight away. It really seems to have a presence or personality which seems quite benign on a sunny day, but the wind rips across Bass Strait and I could imagine it being quite treacherous around there.
    Like so many of us door lovers, I can’t go past a red door.
    Hope you’re having a great week.
    Best wishes,
    BTW I never received your email. Perhaps, you could message me your email and I’ll try contacting you first instead.

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Ally. The white lace sounds very cute. Not something you see much around here….or the red doors for that matter. Such a pity but we do live right near the beach and perhaps go for a more nautical theme. Our place is largely just about survival, although I do have quite a collection of antique and vintage tea cups.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Norm. Doors are a great launching pad. Can’t help being intrigued by a closed door and what lies on the other side.

  6. Rowena Post author

    That character’s definitely the thing of nightmares. Yikes! I’m starting to hear a variation of the Jaws theme and so poor sod in a dingy about to get dunked.

  7. Junieper/Jesh stG

    Hello, Rowena, sorry, -that’s crazy – give you my email connected to my blog – junie15bblooms (at) yahoo (dot) com. Don’t expect anything back soon (my email I wrote because you wrote in your post back then that you used to do art, but not anymore, because you were frustrated – paraphrased),
    because coming week I’ll be all week packing – my hubs has a big job in South California, which is a 7 hour drive away, and I decided a few days ago to go with him, because of the nice weather they have there:) We won’t be back before November 2.
    Glad I checked your blog today, because your comment to me did not arrive (what’s new – my blog has issues too, sigh)
    Love the way you wrote and investigated about your family’s history …and the Nut of course:):) Cheers!

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