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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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  • This historic site is well signed, but I would suggest you pick up the pamphlet on the Coal Mines before you go as they don't have them there when you get there. The whole site is nicely done, there a...  more »
  • This is a good site to visit. Very quiet and good to see ruined buildings in a less pristine setting than that at Port Arthur. Would benefit from better interpretation/a better site map to ensure that...  more »
  • The Coal Mines Historic Site was Tasmania’s first operational mine but also a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts. 
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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.