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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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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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Michael B
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 9 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

Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

This place is a hidden gem. You get magic views on the drive there. (Dirt track roads). And it's free entry. The solitary cells under a green grassy mound are so well preserved, better than the ones remaining at port Arthur penal colony that you...More

Thank Aussiegal1978
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Dear Aussiegal1978, 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 27 May 2017

We were on our way from Port Arthur to Hobart and decided to quickly stop by this site. Visited the Air Shaft first, then the Main Shaft and finished up at the Settlement. If you are short on time, head straight to the Settlement, as...More

Thank Kathy G
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Dear Kathy G, Thank you 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,...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017

We loved the walking tracks with the ruins etc, we took some beautiful photos from the stunning scenery. Really recommend visiting this historic site

Thank EdenFarmstay
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Having a free day while travelling around Port Arthur I decided to head to this sight with no expectations . What an absolute surprise to find this site. A World Heritage Listed part of Australian history with no less significance than Port Arthur itself. I...More

Thank HulmsBakeryColac
Reviewed 3 May 2017

When we first arrived I was taken by the breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding flora. My initial thoughts were " what a great police to put a convict Jail ". Then you inspect the cells and realise the miserable conditions they lived. It...More

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 20 April 2017

If you have heard horror stories of the convict settlement at Port Arthur (Tasmania) the Coal Mines are graphic proof of the de-humanising faced by these poor souls. Port Arthur prison is fairly bleak but the full horror of this establishment becomes fully aware when...More

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

Dear William B, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review after your recent visit to both Port Arthur Historic Site and the Coal Mines Historic Site. It is hard to imagine how the men lived and worked in the conditions which they...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Spend an hour or two exploring these early colonial remnants and learn a lot about Tasmania's early colonial settlement. Whilst there is limited interpretation, there is enough to give you a good feel for this military run, convict resourced coal mining operation. It's possible to...More

Thank Johnfbk
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Dear Johnfbk, Thanks for taking the time to visit the Coal Mines Historic Site during your time in the area, it is certainly a must see experience when on the Tasman Peninsula to see and appreciate the work which convicts undertook in their time at...More

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