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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  • We also came across this hidden gem by accident. Would certainly suggest more detailed signage as we were not sure which road to take. We drove up the gravel road to the old coal mine which was the fi...  more »
  • Having been to Port Arthur a few times, I was pleased that we made the trip out to the Coal Mines on our last visit. This site tells the story of the island’s first coal mine, the conditions endured a...  more »
  • This Coal Mines Historic Site are on the World Heritage list. These coal mines were done by convicts. Their moral was quite low when they worked here. Who else would like to work in the dark? Outside ...  more »
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