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. Entry to the site is free above ground where you can follow the heritage walk among historic buildings.

Please note: Underground tours are suspended until further notice due to ongoing maintenance works. Please see changes of conditions below for more information.

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.

Drop in at the Visitor Centre and watch a film in the theatrette. Visit the souvenir shop to find unique mining memorabilia and a variety of items celebrating Wonthaggi's history.

Relax and enjoy refreshments from the cafe after exploring the grounds, or cook your own barbecue lunch 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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State Coal Mine Cafe

Open daily for breakfast and lunch, this hidden gem within the picturesque and historic State Coal Mine Precinct invites you to indulge in delicious homemade cakes and barista-made coffee while soaking in the beauty of the park.
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Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
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Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.
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Historic sites

Journey back in time and visit some of the historic buildings of post European settlement in Australia, including huts, mansions and lighthouses.

How to get there

State Coal Mine

The State Coal Mine is located at 19 - 37 Garden Street, Wonthaggi, about two hours from Melbourne and 25 minutes from Phillip Island. 

As you travel into Wonthaggi from Melbourne, continue along Bass Highway until you reach the first roundabout at Graham Street and turn right. When you reach the roundabout at McDonald's, turn left and continue along Bilson Street. You will see the State Coal Mine sign when you near Garden Street. Turn right and follow to the State Coal Mine.

Need to know

State Coal Mine

Change of Conditions

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.

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