Nestled in the hills at the edge of the Alps in North East Victoria, Stanley is about 8kms from the historic town of  Beechworth.

 

‘Beyond the Bends’ as a term for the Stanley area and takes its origins from the theme for the annual Stanley Arts and Photographic Exhibition held in January in the Stanley Memorial Hall.

As you travel southeast on the Beechworth/Stanley Road through the Beechworth Historic Park you negotiate the famous bends.  This winding picturesque road travels through the former gold mining locations of Silver Creek and Hurdle Flat and leading you eventually to lovely Stanley. Stanley’s population is approximately 690, comprising about 200 families (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley,_Victoria). People from all walks of life call Stanley home, helping to make it an interesting place to live.

In addition to many fruit, berry and nut orchards for which the area is famous, Stanley has a thriving community that supports a primary school, general store and post office, a pub, a variety of bed and breakfast accommodation, direct sales from producers, a well established vineyard bearing the Stanley name and much more.

Stanley was formerly known as Snake Gully. Many properties in the area have the remains of gold diggings from the Victorian gold rush of the mid 1800s.  The gold diggings can be easily seen as you drive through the district.