Coal Mines Historic Site

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Coal Mines Historic Site is approximately a 75-minute drive from Hobart and a 25-minute drive from Port Arthur.
One of the 11 sites that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, it was Tasmania’s first operational mine. Developed both to limit the colony’s dependence upon costly imported coal from New South Wales, as well as serving as a place of punishment for the “worst class” of convicts from Port Arthur, the mine was operational for over 40 years.
Today, the Coal Mines offers visitors the chance to discover among the uncrowded ruins and scenic vistas a different perspective on Tasmania’s convict history. It is a great place to explore on foot, with a number of tracks and paths around the extensive site. There are signs and displays to guide you around and inform about the history of the Site. A printed guide to the Coal Mines is available from the Visitor Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Entry is free and there are basic picnic and toilet facilities at the site.

Facilities

Carpark Picnic Area Public Toilet

Activities

Birdwatching Walks

Membership

Australian Tourism Export Council

Accreditation

ATEC COVID Ready/ WTTC Safe Travels Stamp Australian Tourism Accreditation China Ready Accreditation COVID Clean Practicing Business COVID Safe World Heritage

Rates

Free Entry

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