Coal Mines Historic Site
The Coal Mines Historic Site is situated on the Tasman Peninsula near Saltwater River and was Tasmania's first operational mine. Developed to limit the colony's dependence upon costly imported coal from New South Wales, it also served as a place of punishment for the 'worst class' of convicts from Port Arthur.
Today, the Coal Mines offer visitors the chance to discover a different perspective on Tasmania's convict history among the uncrowded ruins and scenic vistas. It's a great place to explore on foot, with a number of tracks and paths around the extensive site. A printed leaflet about the Coal Mines is available from the Visitor Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
The Coal Mines site is approximately a one and a quarter hours drive from Hobart and a 25-minute drive from Port Arthur. A visit is a fascinating adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Entry to the Coal Mines Historic Site is free.