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. Use our Saltwater River trip itinerary maker app to arrange your visit to Coal Mines Historic Site and other attractions in Saltwater River.
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  • In this somewhat sprawling place, convicts of the English to work in the coal mines nearby off were interned apparently. The historic site is very beautifully situated directly on the sea and is very off varied. When not directly then you can drive unfortunately very quickly past. Unfortunately, there is no detailed description and it is then further restored. Therefore, there is also no info when the area will be ready. The buried entrance to the coal mines is located slightly farther away.
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  • Only a few ruins with little descriptions. The times given are totally unrealistic (10 min-> we need Specification 2 min; 30 min were specified with a different track, we needed 10 min). Even the mine entrance is just a "hole" (seen only lowered Earth, but not really an input). The way and the time you can save yourself and you should instead invest in the Port Arthur Historic Side.
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  • 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 thi...  more »
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  • 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 than Port Arthur. Perfect location for a picnic lunch.
  • A stunning walk with a history lesson to boot. From the entry to the end you will be fascinated with the history and the stories of a bygone era. Hard to imagine how hard work life was back in the day. A must visit
  • Beautiful walks but easy to get lost since there are no so many signs. The remains of the coal mines are interesting to visit. And it is free!
  • What a lovely, scenic and informative place. I think this is totally underrated and overshadowed by the Port Arthur site. What a contrast, this cruel convict site on top of a hill with the most beautiful lake views. Walk around and explore the ruins with lake backdrop, and don't forget to crawl inside the cells and get a feel of what life in these holes must have been like.
  • No crowds here. Plenty to see. Lots of short walks to some amazing historical features.

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