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Coal Mines Historic Site

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Address: Coal Mines Road | via Premaydena, Saltwater River, Tasmania 7186, Australia
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+61 3 6251 2310
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The site is widespread but can be walked. We drove to most of the car parks but should have just walked it. If you don't have the time the main site has the buildings and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Nerang, Australia
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Nerang, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The site is widespread but can be walked. We drove to most of the car parks but should have just walked it. If you don't have the time the main site has the buildings and information and is worth a visit. More amazing convict history. Quite a place back then. Very harsh.

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Thank Lyn S
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear Lyn S, Thanks for choosing to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site as part of your visit to the region, it really is a place worth visiting to appreciate the hard labour the convicts undertook during their time they served. As you’ve highlighted there is parking available at each site with walking tracks throughout the site. The walking tracks... More 

Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was certainly a history lesson learing about the coal mines and the poor convicts who worked there. The tiny cells are still very much intact where the convicts were housed without any windows or of course heating. Its certainly worth a look and amazing to see much of the structures still standing.

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Thank bhrobinson
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Most people visit the Port Arthur penal settlement and leave it at that. However only about 25km away is the convict coal mine historic site. This also has lots of ruined buildings but the buildings are hidden in the bush, making it a surprise as you explore the area. The site is large and it would take at least half... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

We visited this site late in the day and it was so peaceful. There were a few locals on their daily walk, but no bus-loads of tourists. The site is well signposted and lost of interesting facts to read. Views across the water are very pretty - but the ruins themselves are just wonderful to look at. But then, I... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 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 

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear Jonathon 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. With up to 600 prisoners, soldiers and families living at the site during its peak as you mention it is a... More 

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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

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Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 28 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 26 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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