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Coal Mines Historic Site

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The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania’s first operational mine, established as a much-needed local source of coal, but also as a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts.Along with the nearby Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal...more
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Coal Mines Road | via Premaydena, Saltwater River, Tasmania 7186, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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All reviews port arthur convict history own pace car park harsh conditions self guided dirt track poor souls scenic location great site interesting place information provided picnic lunch great photo opportunities free entry walk around worth a visit
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You need to go out of your way to get here but we think it was worth it. Self explore with only a little bit of signage, we found walking around the ruins a great way to feel the convict history. The walk between site...More

Thank Rattyos
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

A absolutely fascinating place to visit & wander around, great for those who enjoy photography or history in general, we’ve made many visits to this site & thoroughly enjoyed each visit, the entire site is spread out over quite a large area so be prepared...More

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Thanks for the great review BrendanG2670. The site is a lovely spot for locals and visitors to explore the tracks with a camera in hand and learn more of parts of the penal history in the region. Appreciate the recommendation and glad to hear it's...More

Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Exceed my expectations. So much history, well graded tracks with access to historic buildings. The signage could be improved but overall a great spot to visit

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 12 June 2018

We were told about the Coal Mines while at Port Arthur and it was well worth the short drive. The site is free, and you are free to roam about the ruins and read about what happened there. There are signs for various other short...More

Thank KellyS3409
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review after your recent visit Kelly S. Glad you made the trip around the Peninsula to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site which along with Port Arthur holds very significant history of the penal system and...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018

This wonderful site is an amazing place to visit. The ruins are well preserved and the lack of fences and boundaries allows for freedom to walk throughout all the buildings, even in the rooms where the convicts used to sleep and the dark prison cells....More

Thank discover99
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Well worth the 30 min drive from Port Arthur to see the old coal mines. Part of the convict history trail but a bit off the newton track. Fascinating story and a surprise that it was left to fall into such disrepair. Amazing location next...More

Thank Emma W
Reviewed 6 May 2018

We also came across this hidden gem by accident. Would certainly suggest more detailed signage as we were not sure which road to take. We drove up the gravel road to the old coal mine which was the first operational mine in Tasmania. Apparently it...More

Thank Maureen S
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2018

Dear Maureen S, Thank you for your lovely review after discovering the Coal Mines while exploring the region. Please note that work will be undertaken in the coming twelve months to change some of the styles of interpretation at the site which will include further...More

Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Having been to Port Arthur a few times, I was pleased that we made the trip out to the Coal Mines on our last visit. This site tells the story of the island’s first coal mine, the conditions endured and some of the characters. The...More

Thank TWal1
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Dear TWal1, Thank you for making the trip to the Coal Mines on your recent visit to the Tasman Peninsula. It is always nice to hear from those who have visited the region before. The site itself is in a scenic bush setting with various...More

Reviewed 21 April 2018

This Coal Mines Historic Site are on the World Heritage list. These coal mines were done by convicts. Their moral was quite low when they worked here. Who else would like to work in the dark? Outside in the light it wasn’t any better. They...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

We took a chance after seeing a signpost and were not dissapointed. There is a long and a short walk to the main settlement (to the left of sign). Lovely walk and lovely views. Very interesting spot to explore. Needs to be signposted and made...More

Thank Julie P
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