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State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi

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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.
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  • Lovely well presented historical place to visit as a couple or family. Guide was a true local and shared his knowledge of the town and history of the mines with us. The on-site cafe is a great spot.....  more
    Lovely well presented historical place to visit as a couple or family. Guide was a true local and shared his knowledge of the town and history of the mines with us. The on-site cafe is a great spot.....  more »
  • The State Coal Mine now has Above Ground Tours - for FREE - great experience. The Tours are at 11:30 am or 2 pm. It was informative and the Tour Guide told us a lot about the history of the Mine... 
    The State Coal Mine now has Above Ground Tours - for FREE - great experience. The Tours are at 11:30 am or 2 pm. It was informative and the Tour Guide told us a lot about the history of the Mine...  more »
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  • A nice lil place in the middle of no where really. U can look around the attraction for free and grab a nice meal in the cafe. Fun place to take kids too for something to do
  • Lovely team, Anthony was absolutely delightful! Great way to learn about local history.

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