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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  • If you want to experience what life as a convict must have been like, away from the main tourist drag then Coal Mines Historic Site is a must. We took two children and spent a few hours walking the we...  more »
  • We traveled from the Port Arthur historic site to the Coal Mines Historic Site and by comparison, and you probably shouldn’t. It’s quite a let down - but only compared to Port Arthur. On their own the...  more »
  • Perched on top of a hill overlooking the sea, these ruins make a fantastic backdrop for some great photo opportunities. The site is free to enter. Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • This is awesome! Even some small underground passages left with attached rooms to explore. Go wherever you want as this site is un monitored and allows you to enjoy it with ease. Be prepared for a short walk. May be difficult with wheelchairs to see the supervisor house ruins but otherwise awesome. I recommend taking a look at the ocean up close - stunning views just past the tree line.
  • Feel like a convict. It's good to have some place like this which remember us history
  • Ruins, ocean views, many mosquitos. I may have enjoyed the historical aspects of the site more if I'd worn mozzie spray.
  • Beautiful walks and amazing to learn. Good to have a whole day and do the entire mines walks right up to the air shaft
  • I don't think I've seen enough to give it a fair rating tbh; its a day trip, really. But its a nice place, and I will return.

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