State Coal Mine


State Coal Mine

Offering an inexpensive day trip for the whole family, the State Coal Mine is an historic Gippsland attraction that fosters an understanding of Australia's cultural heritage with an authentic underground experience. Entry to the site is free above ground where you can follow the heritage walk among historic buildings.
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Take the family on a journey back in time at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi. This unique attraction in Gippsland is the only historic coal mine experience in the Southern Hemisphere.

Operating from 1909 until 1968, the State Coal Mine produced almost 17 million tonnes of coal for Victoria's industries and railways. 

Explore underground tunnels as you walk in the footsteps of the hard-working men who drilled and chipped for coal in the 1900s. See their mining tools and equipment still in place, as if the mine has been running up until this day.

Admire seams of coal that are 130 million years old as they glisten under the dim lighting, and view skips that were once towed by pit ponies. Kids will love the underground adventure, getting hands-on at the coal face and finding their own treasure to take away.

Take a guided tour led by Parks Victoria staff and volunteers who have a personal connection with the mine, including a special few who are retired miners. Hear stories of mining days gone by and learn the methods used by miners to extract black gold.

Guided tours run twice daily, seven days a week. The tour takes 60-90 minutes to complete. Book online before you visit. 

Back above ground, drop in at the Visitor Centre and enjoy lunch and light refreshments at the cafe or watch a film in the theatrette. Visit the souvenir shop to find unique mining memorabilia and a variety of items celebrating Wonthaggi's history.

Walk among gardens and historic buildings as you follow the heritage trail, and meet Cobber the pit pony. Climb aboard the old steam locomotive and stop by at the museum. Relax and enjoy a BBQ at the picnic area.

The State Coal Mine offers an affordable day out for the family on the Bass Coast. Entry is free to all above-ground facilities and attractions.

State Coal Mine

Take the family on a journey back in time at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi. This unique attraction in Gippsland is the only historic coal mine experience in the Southern Hemisphere
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Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • State Coal Mine Heritage Area (State Coal Mine H.A.)

    Underground tours closed

    Due to Covid-19 we are unable to run the underground tours at the State Coal Mine for the foreseeable future. The above ground attractions and cafe are open to visitors, with free entry. 

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