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Monday 8 October, 2018

State Coal Mine café opening for expressions of interest

An expression of interest (EOI) for the operation of the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine café is opening today.

Famous for its coal mining heritage, the iconic site has long been a popular tourist attraction with more than 50,000 people entering the Visitor Centre housing the café in the past year.

An interactive, educational and fun day out, the Wonthaggi State Coal mine has a largely family based audience and offers free entry to all above ground facilities.

Parks Victoria is seeking suitably experienced operators to provide their vision for this unique and authentic location. A lease will be on offer for up to ten years, and will commence in May 2019 on expiry of the current agreement.

Features of the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine include:

  • dedicated education room
  • retail shop
  • modern auditorium providing a resource for presentations and group functions
  • guided underground tours by Parks Victoria staff and volunteers (a fee applies)
  • museum and a theatre
  • Heritage Trail
  • range of Historic buildings
  • sheltered BBQ area
  • wheelchair access (above ground only) with disabled facilities and parking

For more information on the EOI, visit

About Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi, located in South Gippsland, is a popular destination for visitors of all ages serving as a gateway to the tourist hotspots of Phillip Island and Inverloch.

Only 135km from Melbourne or easily accessed for those living in Gippsland, Wonthaggi boasts a fascinating history originally being an epicentre for Victoria’s coal mining industry between 1909 and 1968.

For those wanting a more active pace with outdoor pursuits, Wonthaggi is conveniently located between a number of surf beach locations such as Cape Patterson, Kilcunda and Inverloch.   It’s quite a common sight to see visitors surfing or windsurfing along these beachfronts.

Wonthaggi also boats a thriving town centre with a large array of options when it comes to dining including cafes, pubs and restaurants, along with unique boutiques, major retailers and quaint gift shops.

Quotes, attributed to Simon Talbot, Chief Operating Officer, Parks Victoria

"Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Wonthaggi 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.

We look forward to the successful café operator providing a high-quality visitor experience at the coal mine."

Media enquiries
Melanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
0459 818 451

Parks Victoria media centre