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Coal Mines Historic Site, Saltwater River

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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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  • 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, he...  more »
  • We loved the walking tracks with the ruins etc, we took some beautiful photos from the stunning scenery. Really recommend visiting this historic site  more »
  • 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 his...  more »
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  • Gorgeous location, surrounded by pristine water and expansive forest. The area is well kept despite being essentially unmanned. Information plaques provide enough information of the site's history without needing a guide. Some spots like the underground cells could potentially be missed, but explore enough and you'll find them. Free to enter and explore and well worth the drive.
  • This is a perfect second day to Port Arthur. Leave yourself three hours at least. It is beautiful with lots of ruins. An undersold tourism attraction for sure.
  • Very little ruins but great information. If you want to enjoy the tranquillity of the solitary location go for one of the many signposted walks.
  • A well set up site of previous convict activities, there is much to see and dwell on here as well as spectacular views out to the bay. Ruins are well documented with idicators as to what may have transpired when the site was in use. There are short walks to be had to expand your experiences.
  • What a lovely area. I really enjoyed our time here. Lots of walking, so take water with you.