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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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Great historic site

Amazing slice of history where you can really get a feel of what it must have been like for the convicts. There's a selection of walks up to a duration if a few hours, and some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Jonathan C
Egham, United Kingdom
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Egham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing slice of history where you can really get a feel of what it must have been like for the convicts. There's a selection of walks up to a duration if a few hours, and some amazing ruins of the main buildings where you can go inside and see the tiny cells. One thing that would be useful on the... More 

Thank Jonathan C
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This historic site is well signed, but I would suggest you pick up the pamphlet on the Coal Mines before you go as they don't have them there when you get there. The whole site is nicely done, there are 3 walks of different lengths from 2 hours to 10 mins.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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

Thank Madalyn H
Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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 

Thank ak_buckley
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 

Thank Natasha G
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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

Thank James M
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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