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Wonthaggi - State Coal Mine




Step back in time… In its heyday, the State Coal Mine was a bustling network of tunnels, filled with men and pit ponies, dust and dim lights. Deep below the surface, miners toiled to dig the valuable black coal which powered Victoria's railway network. The mine was Wonthaggi's life-blood, and was active from 1909 to 1968.

A visit to the State Coal Mine at Wonthaggi is a journey back to the difficult working conditions of mining days past. Preserved by Parks Victoria for future generations, this original mine site gives visitors an understanding of the life of a miner seventy years ago.

Underground Tours
This authentic mine gives visitors the opportunity to experience the primitive conditions of black coal mining in Victoria during the 1900's. The mine remains just as it was in its working days. Tools and equipment are still in place, as if the miners have just walked away. Seams of 130 million year old coal glisten under dim lighting, while empty skips stand idle to rust in the silent tunnels.

All underground tours are guided by Parks Victoria staff and volunteers who tell stories from mining days past and explain mining methods and social history. Many guides have personal connections to the mine, with a special few being retired miners.

All that's missing are the men and pit-ponies. But, if you stand still you can almost hear the clatter of horse shoes on steel rails, rumbling skips and the tapping of pick on coal.

Note: Closed toe shoes must be worn and children under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Above ground
There's plenty to do above ground!
  • Relax in the theatrette as historic film brings Wonthaggi's mining heritage to life.
  • Follow the heritage walk around the mine site, exploring historic buildings housing, photographs of mining days past and mining remnants.
  • Climb aboard the K192 steam locomotive which utilised Wonthaggi’s coal to operate.
  • Meet Cobber the Pit Pony.

Opening Hours:


Not known. The tours run on a limited schedule.

Cost:


Entrance to the State Coal Mine above ground is gold coin donation only.
Underground tour fees

Review:


Yet to be reviewed.


Address | Contact


Garden St,  Wonthaggi 3995, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 5672 3053
Map: X912 Ref: R12

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