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Coal Mines Historic Site

Coal Mines Road | via Premaydena, Saltwater River, Tasmania 7186, Australia
+61 3 6251 2310
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Small Group Shore Excursion from Port Arthur exploring the Tasman Peninsula
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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 Mines Historic Site is included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage listing.A visit to the Coal Mines is a fascinating and rewarding adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site.
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Coal Mines Road | via Premaydena, Saltwater River, Tasmania 7186, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perched on top of a hill overlooking the sea, these ruins make a fantastic backdrop for some great photo opportunities. The site is free to enter. Well worth a visit.More

Thank helbix
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear helbix, Thanks for choosing to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site during your time exploring the peninsula. Glad you enjoyed the serene area and beautiful photo opportunities. Please also feel free to share these with us via Facebook or by #portarthurtassie. Warm regards, Coal...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017

This site was very interesting to us. The building ruins and the setting were lovely, even though there was little left. You could still get a picture of what it was like in the day and signage gave good information on the operation. We thought...More

1  Thank Shannon M
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Dear Shannon M, Thank you for choosing to visit the Coal Mines during your time on the Tasman Peninsula, it is a very worthwhile experience when in the area to see and appreciate the work the convicts undertook during their time at the site. We...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

Doesn't cost anything to wander around the Coal Mines Historic Site, lovely location to walk around at your leisure and take in the views. Informative plaques explain the area and what took place there. Definitely worth a look!

1  Thank sylviajdunn
Reviewed 1 October 2017

It may be regarded as the lesser cousin of the dramatic Port Arthur, but if you get the chance to visit the Coal Mines we are sure you will find it worth the journey. It is self guided (free entry) and the stunningly beautiful location...More

1  Thank dc8-63
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Dear dc-63, Thanks for choosing to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site, it is certainly a must see experience when on the Tasman Peninsula to see and appreciate the work convicts undertook in their time at the site. With up to 600 prisoners, soldiers and...More

Reviewed 29 September 2017

This place is amazing! Such a scenic location with plenty of ruins to explore. There are many information plaques that help you imagine how things were when this was a working mine. And its FREE to visit!

1  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Really interesting place set in a spectacular landscape not sure the convicts saw it the same way. Very well preserved ruins worth the drive stunning coastline. The best part all free to look at easily spend a good few hours here.More

1  Thank Mark D
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Dear Mark D, Thank you for taking the time to visit the Coal Mines during your time on the region. It really is a stunning space to enjoy the views and build an understanding of what life was like for convicts who spent time here....More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

We loved this free historic site and it was great with young kids as you can walk around at your own pace. Trying to contain toddlers on a tour can be a nightmare so this was a great option of viewing a historic site and...More

Thank JessiPalmer
Reviewed 29 July 2017

My wife and I "stumbled" across this site during our Tasmanian trip. Upon entering the site my wife and I got an eery feeling of presence. How the convicts must have felt being brought to a "nightmarish" place, escapes me. Even the Officers were barely...More

1  Thank Michael B
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Dear Michael B, Thanks for choosing to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site, during your exploring on the Tasman Peninsula. It is certainly a must see experience to see and appreciate the work convicts undertook in their time at the site. With up to 600...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017

Its a 25 minute drive(approx) from Port Arthur to Saltwater River. Its set in a beautiful area. There are paths around but i don't think wheelchair accessible. They have description boards to give you the information you will need. We walked all over the area...More

Thank mike c
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Dear mike c, Thanks for choosing to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site, it is certainly a must see experience when on the Tasman Peninsula to see and appreciate the work convicts undertook in their time at the site. Thanks for your comments regarding the...More

Reviewed 3 July 2017

We really enjoyed wandering around the site as it was a cold day for us it really helped us imagine the harsh conditions the convicts endured. We have the luxury of getting back in a warm car and drive away but they didn't.More

Thank Moonbeam59
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Dear Moonbean59, Thank you for taking the time to visit the Coal Mines Site during your exploring around the Tasman Peninsula. The moody Tasmanian Winter’s days certainly provide some idea of the harsh conditions that some of the convicts were exposed to and we are...More

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