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Coal Mines Historic Site

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Address: Coal Mines Road | via Premaydena, Saltwater River, Tasmania 7186, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6251 2310
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania’s first operational mine,...

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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This is a good site to visit. Very quiet and good to see ruined buildings in a less pristine setting than that at Port Arthur. Would benefit from better interpretation/a better... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Madalyn H
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a good site to visit. Very quiet and good to see ruined buildings in a less pristine setting than that at Port Arthur. Would benefit from better interpretation/a better site map to ensure that visitors can make the most of their visit

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Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania’s first operational mine but also a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

If you're travelling to Port Arthur, allow half a day or a full day to visit here. For me, it gave a much better sense of what life was like at the time - the bush, the solitude. It was an incredible feeling to step amongst the ruins of the cottages and look out on the same views that convicts... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Visited here the morning after a ghost tour. Worth a look and a walk through the bush to find buildings of an era gone by. Allow 1.5 hours if doing a lap to the mine and back.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Go a little off the beaten track here and experience more of Tasmania's convict history. The Coal Mines are not as much of a well known tourist spot as the Port Arthur Historic Site so it appears to be often uncrowned and gives you plenty of space to explore at your own pace. We didn't have time to do any... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Just go. It's worth the drive and you get the place pretty much to yourself The ruins of the old gaol cells are amazing and no crowds to contend with

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We visited the Coalmines in March and stopped at Pt Arthur first to get a map and information from their reception area. We drove the 42 kms and reached the Coalmines entrance but as the map didn't indicate where the entrance was, we drove along a dirt track thinking we'd come across something. When we came to a camping ground,... More 

Thank Debra W
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This site tells the further story of what happens to the worst of the worst from Port Arthur. If it wasn;'t bad enough at Port Artur some were sent her to work in the coal mines. This site is free but pick up the walking track guide from Port Artur before heading out there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Great drive up here on a sunny day. Also another insight into an even darker time in our history. Don't expect anything spectacular, but enjoy the area. Take a walk around, bring food.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

The Coal Mines site gives you a very good peek back into Tasmania's convict past. You are free to walk around the site and it is quite extensive so you may need to plan a day trip to the area. If you love Australian history then this site is great. There are numerous signs giving you information. There is no... More 

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