Visiting Stanley North East Victoria
Stanley is ideally located in the beautiful sub-alpine region of North-East Victoria, 10 minutes outside historic Beechworth. It is surrounded by fruit and nut orchards as well as pine and old eucalypt forests. There is a diversity of flora, fauna and fine local produce with berries and cherries in high summer and apples, walnuts and chestnuts throughout autumn.
When visiting Stanley take a 15 minute drive to Mt. Stanley (1050m). In 1932 a steel look-out tower was built on the summit for fire-detection purposes, one of the first built in Victoria. Here you will find picnic facilities, and on a clear day, the Victorian Alps and surrounding region can be seen. The Stanley State Forest is located only 40km east of Wangaratta. The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), through its Forests Service, manages State forests to conserve plant and animal life, and also provide the community with timber, water and recreational opportunities.
Easily accessible from Melbourne and close to the regional centres of Albury/Wodonga and Wangaratta, Stanley and the Beechworth district provides an ideal place for those seeking to explore a special part of Victoria's natural heritage.
A Brief History
Originally known as Snake Gully or Nine Mile, Stanley was a bustling gold mining town during the 1850's and 1860's. In 1857, the township was surveyed and officially named 'Stanley'. By this stage there were over 5000 people residing in the district. The town had a number of hotels, a bakery, a general store, a brewery, a boot maker, a carpenter, a butcher and a sawmill.
Today, Stanley has a general store a restaurant and the Stanley Country Pub. While the Stanley Country Pub building has been replaced, the site and licence remain original. Opening as the 'Star Hotel' in the 1850's, it was part of J.A. Wallace's chain of hotels across North-East Victoria, all named the 'Star'.