About the walk

The Stanley Heritage Walk brings the town’s rich history into the 21st Century.

The Circular Head Tourism Association (CHTA) has developed an interactive tour, accessible through smart phones and other internet enabled devices, that guides visitors to Stanley’s most historic sites, giving a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into of one of the Australia’s most treasured fishing villages.

Discreet interpretive signs installed around the town mark the stopping points along the tour, and a brief description of each individual landmark is provided.

Fifteen iconic sites throughout the town are included in the walk, which Manager of Circular Head Tourism, Kim Bailey, says is the perfect way to experience the extensive history of Stanley through the eyes of one of its most cherished residents, Meg Eldridge.

We have a rich history in Stanley and it’s exciting to showcase it in such a modern and accessible way. This is a great resource for visitors to the area and also for local history enthusiasts. Some of our most iconic locations are included on the walk. Although they are prominent locations, not everyone is aware of the story behind them. This trail makes their history more available than ever before.

The heritage walk has been produced in conjunction with the CHTA and Marguerite ‘Meg’ Eldridge OAM, who provided the historical information used for the description of each location.

The full self-guided tour takes a little over one hour. Comfortable shoes are advisable. For those without internet access, a hardcopy map and guide is available from the Stanley Visitor Information Centre.

The publications Stories of Stanley and Historic Stanley by Marguerite Eldridge (née Close) are available for sale at the Stanley Discovery Museum & Genealogy Centre, Joe Lyons Cottage and from the Stanley Visitor Information Centre.