Camping in the shadow of a volcanic plug- The Nut, Stanley

Leaving Corinna I took the road less traveled.

No, seriously- the famous ‘Road to Nowhere” was closed for bridge repair, really disappointing. So even though I read it was THE road to travel on, it wasn’t happening for me or anyone else that day.

Coaxing the old campervan onto the B23 then the A10, I passed the Savage river direction north, and the landscape exploded into a wet visage. Clouds gathered furiously, pelting down rain as my old wipers squeaked noisily across my windshield. Occasionally I glanced sideways, watching the clouds as they easily brush the tops of the forest trees before disappearing and reforming.

It felt remote and it was.  

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I took video while driving through the Hellyer Gorge state reserve, trying not to crash the campervan as I held the camera steady on the dash…(not recommended!)

Passing Wynward I shifted west, finally reaching the town of Stanley to get my first view of the Nut.

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Now hiking was the last thing I wanted to do after driving for hours and then making a belly full of lunch, but I dragged myself out, walking through the tiny town towards the volcanic plug.

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I huffed and puffed all the way uphill (at a snails pace punctured by moments of me using the handrail to pull myself up the path, swearing I should have taken the chair lift and feeling embarrassed as the people on said lift peered down at me.) After I caught my breath again I wandered along the 2k hike which goes all the way around the top of the Nut. By now you’re thinking, ‘wait what is this Nut she’s on about?’ as I was in essence standing on a millions-of-years-old volcanic plug. The views from the top of this plug are extraordinary. 

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This walk also allows uninterrupted views of Bass Strait which I admit might not have been looking its sunny best the day of my visit, although I was still impressed.

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I hummed out loud to my ipod tunes as I got my exercise in, opening my arms wide chasing butterflies along the way, hoping one would land on me.

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The wind was fierce, whipping my hair around and making me look crazy in all my selfies. The sun, completely covered in clouds, observed me as I willed it to shed a little warmth on me. 

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On the way down, I took the lift which made my heart go in my throat as it looked to be at least 50 years old and rocked as the wind gusts hit. I focused on getting as many photos as possible and trying not to look like a sissy as I sat perfectly still in my swaying chair. Just to the right, before the shore, I could make out my campervan, it looked so tiny from up here!

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Stanley Cabin & Tourist Park is nicely located at Sawyer Bay, with clean bathrooms and a great view of the Nut. You can walk along Tatlows beach, right along the shoreline. Perfect way to end the day.

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The whole town of Stanley was a preserved model of the past, with its colonial buildings brightly painted and cheerfully calling you to shop in the many stores and grab a bit to eat. I however, had a date with the stove inside of my campervan…

Camping info for Stanley, Tasmania :

Stanley Cabin & Tourist Park

AU30 hookup w/electricity (as of 2013)

 

For more stories and videos about my solo drive around Tasmania in a Campervan click here. Have you been camping in this area?

 

 

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