Dale wasn't the best this day, after his belt of gastro the day before, so we decided to stay in Stanley and not venture too far.
First of all we went down to the Seaqurium, which is situated down at the Stanley port area. This isn't your typical aquarium where you see tropical fish and the like. These tanks hold fish that the local Tasmanians would find in the sea - leatherbacks (fish with sharp teeth), octopus, lobsters, seahorses, sharks, salmon and other interesting things. It's well worth the visit and at $12 per adult, not too badly priced. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there looking around.
Then we headed to Highfields Historic Homestead, situated on top of the hill over looking Stanley. This large homestead and it's surrounding barns and buildings, was built by convicts, for an early settler in the area. Originally it was a sheep/livestock farm which failed due to the grazing being unsuitable in the area. The homestead fell into ruin until the Tasmania Heritage Group and Government joined forces and rejuvenated it and bought it back to something close to it's former glory.
The ground floor has the salon, dining, kitchen, study, nursery and the top storey has the three bedrooms. These have been refurbished to what it may have looked like back in the homes heyday. The cellar and crockery rooms have been left as they were found as it shows how the building was constructed.
The chapel, which is a separate building and also has a small school room above, and the barn are sometimes used for weddings or other events. The chapel was getting done up for a wedding the day we were there with flower arrangements placed in several locations - lively place to have a wedding.
In the grounds there is a small memorial garden the owners planted in memorial of their 2-3 year old daughter who was killed when she was getting pulled along in a cart by their pet dog, when the dog saw another dog and took of after it with her on the back. Unfortunately she hit her head on a gate post and she died.
Further down the road are the ruins of the convicts quarters and further down there is a great roadside view of The Nut.