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The big coal board

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Devonshire Tea Time

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The South Drive

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Family Fun Night at the State Coal Mine

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Ruins

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Some Path

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Wetlands

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Mine Adet

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Main Drive

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Original Coal Miner

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The State Coal Mine offers a journey back in time to discover what life working in a coal mine was like in the 1900s. Venture underground through the dark network of tunnels to get hands-on at the coal face and learn how Victoria’s hard working men extracted the black gold.

Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, the State Coal Mine is the only historic coal mine experience in the Southern Hemisphere, offering interactive fun and interest for the whole family both above and below ground.

Rising from its beginnings as a make shift ‘Tent Town’, Wonthaggi quickly grew to the thriving town we know today. Operating from 1909 to 1968, the State Coal Mine produced almost 17 million tonnes of coal for Victoria’s industries and railways.

Free entry to all above ground facilities includes the new State Coal Mine Visitor Centre with cafe, theatrette and shop, the museum, heritage trail, historic buildings and sheltered BBQ area. 

Underground tour bookings

Book a tour online before you visit the State Coal Mine.

More information about underground tours is available here.

Opening times

The State Coal Mine is open 10am – 4.30pm daily.

Underground tours run daily at 11.30am and 2.00pm, additional tours run during holiday periods.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and ANZAC Day.


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Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Gunaikurnai identify the State Coal Mine as their Traditional Country.

Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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Underground tours

Explore the network of underground tunnels and imagine them dusty and dim, filled with last century's hard-working men drilling and…

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Visitor Centre

The State Coal Mine’s Visitor Centre welcomes you the heart of Wonthaggi’s coal mining heritage. Relax in the theatrette as…

Visitor experiences

Facilities Summary

  • Visitor centre
  • Electric/Gas BBQ
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Toilet
  • Gravel carpark

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Park Statistics

Established

June 1997

Area

258.5ha

Contact information

Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963

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