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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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  • Most people visit the Port Arthur penal settlement and leave it at that. However only about 25km away is the convict coal mine historic site. This also has lots of ruined buildings but the buildings a...  more »
  • We visited this site late in the day and it was so peaceful. There were a few locals on their daily walk, but no bus-loads of tourists. The site is well signposted and lost of interesting facts to rea...  more »
  • Amazing slice of history where you can really get a feel of what it must have been like for the convicts. There's a selection of walks up to a duration if a few hours, and some amazing ruins of the ma...  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.