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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

A number of easy short walks. Some walks included in Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks. Historic buildings, lots of interpretative signs, many great photo opportunities. Easy enjoyable drive to find this place and all for free. Enjoyed some aspects of our 4 hours here better...More

Thank peter s
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

If you want to experience what life as a convict must have been like, away from the main tourist drag then Coal Mines Historic Site is a must. We took two children and spent a few hours walking the well signposted site. The solitary cells,...More

Thank emma C
Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

We traveled from the Port Arthur historic site to the Coal Mines Historic Site and by comparison, and you probably shouldn’t. It’s quite a let down - but only compared to Port Arthur. On their own they stand in good stead for a visit of...More

Thank Andy B
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

Dear Andy B, Thanks for choosing to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site, we thank you for your feedback. The Coal Mines is a very different experience to Port Arthur and is a place to appreciate the work convicts undertook in their time at the...More

Reviewed 4 December 2017

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 8 December 2017

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 15 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 19 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 3 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 5 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 30 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 19 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 29 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 15 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
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