The Nut State Reserve, Stanley

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A nature reserve with a view over the sea, The Nut State Reserve is a sparsely populated area where wallabies roam free. A chair lift can take you to the highest lookout point on a giant rock abutting the beach, or you may choose to hike up (with a sturdy pair of hiking boots) to get the perfect panoramic photo. The village below is a quaint place to relax after your day of exploration. Be sure to grab a seat near a window at one of the cafes, because the sunset may be the highlight of your day. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Stanley trip simple and quick.
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  • We looked at the 430m winding track to the top and looked at the chairlift. No contest – chairlift wins. The 2km walk around the top is the longest 2km I’ve ever encountered but the views are truly st...  more »
  • Fantastic views. Chair lift saved me as I was suffering a cold. Great walk, friendly staff. Lots of regeneration work taking place. It will take a few years to clear the “Gorse”. Once gone it should b...  more »
  • We took the chairlift for both going up and down, but saw how perilously steep the cliff face was on the descent as we were looking away from the cliff for the first time. As you are going up you are ...  more »
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  • A unique geological feature that gives glorious views of the picturesque Stanley Township, surrounding coast and Bass Strait. Whether you take the walking track up or pay to take the chairlift, the circular 2km track is spectacular. Each side provides a different vista to enjoy, just ensure you bring warm clothing as the area is constantly exposed to sea breezes that can get quite cool. A good camera is recommended as a mobile phone can't really do the scenery justice.
  • What an amazing place, well worth the visit. Do yourself a favor if you go on the 2k walk around the top, go clockwise so you don't climb steps, they are quite hard on the knees. The chairlift is a little scary, but quite safe, you will get some great photos and exercise on the walk... Enjoy.
  • Fabulous views and interesting information boards. Can walk up a short but very steep concrete path (400 metres) or take the cable car. There are short walks to lookouts or a longer loop walk that takes about 30 minutes. Take a jacket and rain protection as it can get very windy and cold. Fantastic views over the coast and town. Parking includes space on the lower level for longer RVs. The information centre and cafe is warm and inviting.
  • Truly beautiful place to visit. The walk to the top is very steep but isn't too long so be persistent! It's a real experience being able to see where the ocean floor drops.
  • The walking track is very steep but doable. If daunted by the gradient there is an option of a chairlift. Regardless once at the top the walking tracks are well formed and suitable for all fitness levels. Allow about an hour to walk the full circuit and take in all the views and panoramic views. Be warned though the weather can change very quickly on top and it can be very cold. Be prepared. The climb up is 410 metres with and elevation of about 140 metres and the circular track about 2 kilometres. For the health nuts my wife recommends a brisk walk up the Nut, two laps jogging around the top and a steady descent down for a good work out.
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