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Coal Mines Historic Site, Saltwater River

(4.3/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
Discover the epic story of European colonial expansion in Australia at Coal Mines Historic Site, which served as a convict probation station for a period of 15 years in the middle of the 19th century. Noted for being Tasmania’s first operational coal mine, this location is now a World Heritage Site, with a collection of culturally significant ruins that includes a church, insane asylum, hospital, and the infamous penitentiary. Be sure to bring your own drinking water and food supplies, as there are no tourist facilities near this site. For safety, stay behind marked barriers and avoid looking into deep shafts and building ruins. Parking areas and toilet facilities are located at the entrance into the site. See Coal Mines Historic Site and all Saltwater River has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saltwater River trip generator.
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  • 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 ver...  more »
  • A beautifully preserved site, but a chilling and horrifying reminder of what humans do to other humans.  more »
  • 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 vi...  more »
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  • This is fantastic. Much less well known than the Port Arthur site so generally only a few people there. The ruins have been made safe so you can access the old underground corridors and solitary confinement cells. Best of all access to the site is free! Signage is well produced and lots of good information provided.
  • Really quiet compared to Port Arthur, not many people and unsupervised. Loved having the freedom to just poke around and take my time.
  • Great addition to visiting the Port Arthur Historic Site.