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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Coal Mines Road | via Premaydena, Saltwater River, Tasmania 7186, Australia
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"ruined buildings"
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"amazing ruins"
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"dirt track"
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"poor souls"
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"great site"
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"interesting place"
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Reviewed yesterday

This Coal Mines Historic Site are on the World Heritage list. These coal mines were done by convicts. Their moral was quite low when they worked here. Who else would like to work in the dark? Outside in the light it wasn’t any better. They...More

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a chance after seeing a signpost and were not dissapointed. There is a long and a short walk to the main settlement (to the left of sign). Lovely walk and lovely views. Very interesting spot to explore. Needs to be signposted and made...More

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only did a short walk to the ruins of the main settlement since we were running tight on time, and even just that was well worth the detour over to the site. We didn’t do the Port Arthur Historic Site so can’t compare, but...More

Thank Sandy C
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 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

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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
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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
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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 26 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

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Reviewed 3 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

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 7 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

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Reviewed 14 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

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 18 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

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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!

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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

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 4 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

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