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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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 21 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 28 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

Reviewed 6 April 2017

It was recommended to us to visit this historical site and we weren't disappointed. It is an easy level walk into the site from the car park. Lots of signs to read along the way. The buildings are very interesting and this is definitely a...More

Thank Debbie F
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Dear Debbie F, Thanks for choosing to visit us at the Coal Mines Historic Site and so pleased to read you were not at all disappointed with your visit. With three different parts of the Historic Site to visit you can easily park at one...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017

A beautifully preserved site, but a chilling and horrifying reminder of what humans do to other humans.

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 3 March 2017

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....More

Thank Lyn S
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Coal Mines Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

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...More

Reviewed 27 February 2017

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...More

Thank bhrobinson
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