Smithton Visitor Information Centre



Tarkine, Tasmania, Australia

History & Heritage

History & Heritage

Stanley and surrounds is made up of a patchwork of places, townships, colourful communities and immense history. As you explore the various destinations on offer you will notice the uniqueness and warmth which makes the region the wonderful area it is. The following information listed here will give you just an overview of the sites of significance and key historical information of each beautiful town that is waiting to be explored.

The Stanley Town Hall is a commanding presence on the town’s main street. Designed by renowned church architect Alexander North and opened in 1911, the hall has since been renovated in glorious art deco flair reminiscent of the 1930s. Now listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, the hall hosts numerous

From its perch overlooking the town of Stanley, Highfield Historic Site is a window to the past. Highfield House was built as the residence for the Chief Agent of the Van Diemen’s Land Company back in 1832. The homestead, said to be designed by noted architect Henry Hellyer, features beautiful

Centrally located in Smithton, the Circular Head Heritage Centre celebrates the social, cultural and economic history of the local region. Brimming with thousands of artefacts and photographs – you’ll find everything from musical instruments to agricultural tools. A research room makes the perfect spot to spend the afternoon scouring for

Tucked neatly inside a former parish hall, the Stanley Discovery Museum presents a fascinating photographic history of the town dating back to the 1850s. Run by a dedicated team of volunteers only too happy to assist, it’s easy to lose track of time in here. The museum has a focus

Stanley’s main street is treasure trove of beautifully restored 19th homes, and Lyons Cottage is no exception. The tiny workers cottage was the birthplace of Joseph Lyons, Premier of Tasmania from 1923 to 1928. ‘Honest Joe’ went on to become the state’s first, and only, Australian Prime Minister, leading the country

Explore the historic village of Stanley and uncover its past in the footsteps of Stanley-born writer and artist Meg Eldridge. The Stanley Heritage Walk is self-guided and explores the history, architecture and culture of this diverse village, enhanced with QR code technology and any internet enabled device. The Stanley Visitor Information Centre can