Tasmania's first mine, a place of punishment for the 'worst class' of convicts. Self guided, half an hour from Port Arthur.
The Coal Mines was established as a much-needed local source of coal, but also as a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts. An ambitious industrial venture which was a place of severe secondary punishment, the Coal Mines represents the extreme hardships endured by the convicts.
Often described as one of Tasmania’s best-kept secrets, the Coal Mines Historic Site offers a fascinating contrast with a visit to the better known Port Arthur Historic Site, a self-guided opportunity with excellent interpretation with a sense of serenity, gothic mystery and discovery.
Historic ruins are scattered about a bushland environment rich in birdlife and natural beauty. Walking tracks lead past hidden ruins and buildings, as well as the main mine shaft. Entry is free. A fact sheet is available from the Port Arthur Visitor Centre.