Coal Mines Historic Site, Saltwater River

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 is a little hidden away. It was very quiet when we visited. There are the ruins of buildings and a few inforamtion boards but there are no facilities here. It is a start point for some walks...  more »
  • I'm am so conflicted about this review. First the entrance and parking for this site is a disgrace. It's on a one way dirt road, and when I visited, the parking lot was closed for some unknown reason,...  more »
  • Discovered this by chance. Free entry, which is always a bonus, self guided. Well defined paths to the various sites of this old coal mine, which was a brutal penal colony in reality. You can walk around the whole area, which is quite a hike, or you can drive closer to the various old ruins. Being the lazy old so and so I am, I took the latter option. Toilets, but no water available on site. Take stuff with you. Roads are dirt onsite, but tar all the way from Port Arthur. A very interesting place. The harsh brutal reality of convict life in a beautiful setting.
  • This is a well looked after historic site. Barely anyone here when we came through - bonus for us - as it isn't highly advertised. There is a wonderful view of the bay available throughout the walk. Worth a visit if you're into Port Arthur History.

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