Godfreys Beach (iv), Stanley, Tasmania
Gear: Canon 5D Mk II | Canon 17-40
Lot's of great rocks along Godfrey's Beach just a stones throw (literally!) from Stanley - all different shapes with some fantastic formations.
Here is my trip video of my trip to Tasmania in Autumn 2011 - you can check it out here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmjd0WyzkX0
My previous video, "Tasmania, Spring 2011 - A Compliation" can be found here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WBGjkiarxc
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Travelling west, Stanley is the second-last major township on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Smithton being the larger township in the Circular Head municipality. According to the 2006 census, Stanley had a population of 458.
In 1825 the Van Diemen's Land Company was granted land in north-western Van Diemen's Land, including the Stanley area. Employees of the company from England settled in the area in October 1826.
It was named after Lord Stanley, the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the 1830s and 1840s, who later had three terms of office as British Prime Minister.
A port opened in 1827 and the first school opened in 1841. The Post Office opened on July 1, 1845 but was known as Circular Head until 1882. In 1880 the first coach service between Stanley and Burnie was established.
In 1936 a submarine telegraph and telephone cable from Apollo Bay to Stanley provided the first connection to Tasmania from the mainland.
Today Stanley is a tourist destination and the main fishing port on the north-west coast of Tasmania.
The most distinctive landmark in Stanley is The Nut, an old volcanic plug discovered by the explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798, who officially named it Circular Head. It has steep sides and rises to 143 metres with a flat top. It is possible to walk to the top of The Nut via a steep track or via a chairlift.
Tourists regularly travel to Highfield (a farming region on the north west of the township) to view the picturesque northern beaches with The Nut in the background.
The port on the southern side of The Nut is also a regularly used fishing spot.