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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  • This site was very interesting to us. The building ruins and the setting were lovely, even though there was little left. You could still get a picture of what it was like in the day and signage gave g...  more »
  • Doesn't cost anything to wander around the Coal Mines Historic Site, lovely location to walk around at your leisure and take in the views. Informative plaques explain the area and what took place ther...  more »
  • It may be regarded as the lesser cousin of the dramatic Port Arthur, but if you get the chance to visit the Coal Mines we are sure you will find it worth the journey. It is self guided (free entry) an...  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.
  • Beautiful walks and amazing to learn. Good to have a whole day and do the entire mines walks right up to the air shaft
  • This great piece of history is a hidden gem. Well worth the slight detour off the highway.
  • 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.

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