The Nut State Reserve
The Nut State Reserve
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  • Tessa S
    Oxford, United Kingdom172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What goes up has to come down!
    We visited early in the morning, theoretically timed with the opening of the cable car, but it was inert so we opted to climb the Nut. Halfway up the very very steep concrete pathway ascent, I turned to see the cable car in motion. Nothing for it but to toil to the top. Once you reach the summit there is a mostly flat route around the top of the Nut, which has noticeboards and vantage points - fantastic views and all the usual flora and fauna. Well worth it. We descended the way we came up when arguably the ‘bannisters’ are needed even more - to stop a hurtling headlong to the bottom. There is a nice cafe and gift shop at the bottom. Car parking early in the day was easy but suspect this gets congested. The Nut dominates Stanley - really unique.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Kerrie Lena
    Sydney, Australia74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climb & then walk The Nut at Stanley. Views for Miles!
    I climbed The Nut at Stanley today & the incline going up & down is VERY steep & please only do this walk if you are fit & healthy. If you are then it is a challenging & invigorating climb up & walk around the top. The view at the top is panoramic & absolutely beautiful. It was very windy today but so worthwhile doing this. Take The Nut challenge!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Liisa and Dave B
    Adelaide, Australia2,505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Stanley
    You can either go up & down on the chairlift for $19 or one way for $12. We decided to walk up which was steep. At the top, there is a path on which you can walk around checking out all the beautiful views from every angle. We came down on the chairlift which was short but fun. Cafe and toilets located at the bottom and ample car parking. Drove a few hours to get here and it was well worth it!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Iain M
    Brisbane, Australia335 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unusual shape
    You can't miss the Nut as you drive into Stanley. It's the remnants of an ancient volcano. There is a fairly steep walking track up to the top, which takes about 15 minutes, or you can take a chair lift from near the cafe.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Aussie_2012
    Melbourne, Australia921 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views with a super workout to start
    You start the trail up to the top of the Nut via a very steep paved pathway. Fortunately there’s a handrail to assist the climb but nevertheless it’s a steep walk for 10-15 minutes. Take in the views on the way up whenever you can but when you reach the top you’re in for some spectacular views. The circuit track takes about 45 mins to go around with various lookouts along the way. Parts of the track go through shaded trees areas where you’ll see little wallabies hopping around. There were hundreds of butterflies as well which was quite interesting. Overall a very fun place to visit. For those not so fit or with young children, there’s a chairlift however it wasn’t running at the time we were there so maybe check if you’re requiring the need. Also down below at the car park there’s also a cafe but again wasn’t open when we were there.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 January 2024
  • MAB
    325 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views on the Stanley area.
    A breathtaking walk up a very steep path to the top. Well worth the climb. The views at the top are extensive over the water and terrain. Fabulous. It can get windy so hold onto your hats. Then walk down the hill. there is a chairlift for people who need it. A great shop and cafe is at the bottom of the chairlift. Time for a Devonshire tea.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
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MAB
Manly, New South Wales, Australia325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A breathtaking walk up a very steep path to the top. Well worth the climb. The views at the top are extensive over the water and terrain. Fabulous. It can get windy so hold onto your hats. Then walk down the hill. there is a chairlift for people who need it. A great shop and cafe is at the bottom of the chairlift. Time for a Devonshire tea.
Written 23 February 2024
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
You start the trail up to the top of the Nut via a very steep paved pathway. Fortunately there’s a handrail to assist the climb but nevertheless it’s a steep walk for 10-15 minutes. Take in the views on the way up whenever you can but when you reach the top you’re in for some spectacular views. The circuit track takes about 45 mins to go around with various lookouts along the way. Parts of the track go through shaded trees areas where you’ll see little wallabies hopping around. There were hundreds of butterflies as well which was quite interesting. Overall a very fun place to visit. For those not so fit or with young children, there’s a chairlift however it wasn’t running at the time we were there so maybe check if you’re requiring the need. Also down below at the car park there’s also a cafe but again wasn’t open when we were there.
Written 11 January 2024
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Iain M
Brisbane, Australia335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
You can't miss the Nut as you drive into Stanley. It's the remnants of an ancient volcano. There is a fairly steep walking track up to the top, which takes about 15 minutes, or you can take a chair lift from near the cafe.
Written 31 December 2023
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nonn
Sydney, Australia498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had tea and scones at the cafe at the base of the walk. The chairlift was closed due to high winds. The walk up to the top was very steep but rewarding. The view was great. Recommend
Written 28 December 2023
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Liisa and Dave B
Adelaide, Australia2,505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
You can either go up & down on the chairlift for $19 or one way for $12. We decided to walk up which was steep. At the top, there is a path on which you can walk around checking out all the beautiful views from every angle. We came down on the chairlift which was short but fun. Cafe and toilets located at the bottom and ample car parking. Drove a few hours to get here and it was well worth it!
Written 25 November 2023
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Kerrie Lena
Sydney, Australia74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I climbed The Nut at Stanley today & the incline going up & down is VERY steep & please only do this walk if you are fit & healthy. If you are then it is a challenging & invigorating climb up & walk around the top. The view at the top is panoramic & absolutely beautiful. It was very windy today but so worthwhile doing this. Take The Nut challenge!
Written 15 October 2023
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Tessa S
Oxford, UK172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
We visited early in the morning, theoretically timed with the opening of the cable car, but it was inert so we opted to climb the Nut. Halfway up the very very steep concrete pathway ascent, I turned to see the cable car in motion. Nothing for it but to toil to the top. Once you reach the summit there is a mostly flat route around the top of the Nut, which has noticeboards and vantage points - fantastic views and all the usual flora and fauna. Well worth it. We descended the way we came up when arguably the ‘bannisters’ are needed even more - to stop a hurtling headlong to the bottom. There is a nice cafe and gift shop at the bottom. Car parking early in the day was easy but suspect this gets congested. The Nut dominates Stanley - really unique.
Written 5 September 2023
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sue68sue
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The walk up was steep as the chair life was closed, but the ciews were well worth it. We did the while walk once we got to the top and highly recommend you take the time to do it.
Written 23 August 2023
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westy54
Sydney, Australia9,050 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
The Nut is an imposing geological feature and is believed to be the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. It is surrounded by very steep cliff faces, is largely flat on top (although the path around the top has a steep incline in one section and many stairs), has several different vegetations, is home to a number of different birds as well as pademelons and offers fantastic 360 degree views.

We visited in winter and the chairlift was not operating. The signage at the car park stated that the Zig Zag Track to the top was 430 metres long and would take 15 minutes each way. The bitumen surfaced track climbs to the top of the over 140 metre height of the Nut.

The first two legs were the steepest and we took it steadily, stopping a couple of times to get our energy back, admire the view (over Godfreys Beach) and take some photos. We weren't trying to rush and completed the climb in the allotted 15 minutes.

At the top of the Zig Zag path there are two options to circumnavigate the approximately two kilometre path around the top of the Nut a) go clockwise in which case the first lookout you will strike is Rocky Cape Lookout with views out to Bass Strait or b) anticlockwise in which case the first lookout you will reach is Highfields Lookout which is approximately 250 metres from the top chairlift station. The walk to the Highfield Lookout is reasonably flat along a good path and there are only a few stairs to get down from the path onto the rock platform lookout. There you will gain great views over the Stanley township.

It is only a short flat walk along the good path to the next lookout which is Tatlows Beach Lookout.

It is after Tatlows Beach Lookout that the path may become physically challenging as you walk down a quite steep incline to a heavily forested picnic area where we spotted several pademelons before you climb approximately 101 steps to the next lookout which is Fisherman's Wharf Lookout. I thought that this lookout afforded the best views over Stanley port and the coastline to Boat Harbour and beyond.

You then climbed up a further 93 stairs before following an undulating path to reach the last lookout, Rocky Cape Lookout, where you could view the power of the sea in Bass Strait as the waves pounded the cliffs. You had to step over some rocks to reach this lookout.

The path back to the top of the Zig Zag track was through grassland with the path being only gently undulating.

If you had chosen to initially go clockwise around the path you would have had a fairly easy walk to Rocky Cape Lookout, then been walking down the stairs to reach Fisherman's Wharf Lookout and climbing up the steep incline to get to Tatlows Beach Lookout.

We completed the walk around the top in about 45 minutes including stops at each of the Lookouts.

The path back down the Zig Zag path also needed to be carefully navigated.

Well worth the effort.
Written 21 August 2023
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James Nixon
Sydney, Australia114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I spent a few hours in Stanly and spent this time hiking up to the nut and doing the full circuit of this reserve. The climb up is a bit steep, but once at the top you get amazing views in every direction. There were also lots of pademelons when I visited and even some baby pademelons. The reserve was very well maintained and was overall a really great place to visit for a couple of hours.
Written 25 February 2023
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