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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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  • If you're travelling to Port Arthur, allow half a day or a full day to visit here. For me, it gave a much better sense of what life was like at the time - the bush, the solitude. It was an incredible ...  more »
  • Visited here the morning after a ghost tour. Worth a look and a walk through the bush to find buildings of an era gone by. Allow 1.5 hours if doing a lap to the mine and back. 
  • Go a little off the beaten track here and experience more of Tasmania's convict history. The Coal Mines are not as much of a well known tourist spot as the Port Arthur Historic Site so it appears to b...  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.