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Overview

Wonthaggi

Delve deep into Victoria's mining history, explore a range of above-ground heritage sites and embark on scenic walks at Wonthaggi, a town built on the industry of 'black gold' – coal.

Rich history

Although Wonthaggi's State Coal Mine has retired from duty, there's still plenty to see and do. The mine's above-ground heritage features are open to the public, with historic buildings, interpretive displays, walking trails, a picnic area and kiosk.

During the disastrous New South Wales coal strikes at the turn of the century, Wonthaggi and its black coal reserves were exploited by the Victorian Government in response to this national emergency. Visitors can learn the tough lessons of mining history with tours and interpretation points in a town once controlled by the 'mine whistle'.

Food and entertainment

Wonthaggi is home to a variety of shops, eateries, supermarkets and accommodation. The local cinema shows the latest movies and local clubs provide meals, gaming facilities, entertainment, live bands and shows. The town has a population of around 6,700.

Seaside discoveries

At nearby Kilcunda, home to the historic Kilcunda trestle bridge, take in spectacular views with a walk along the cliff tops on the George Bass Coastal Walk to San Remo. Link in to the Bass Coast Rail Trail, the only coastal rail trail in Victoria, and revel in stunning panoramic views of Bass Strait and coastal bushland.

Continue your coastal explorations at Cape Paterson and Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park. Wander the trails in search of local birdlife or hit the waves for a spot of swimming snorkelling and surfing.

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Wonthaggi

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National parks & reserves

State Coal Mine

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...

National parks & reserves

Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park

Located about six kilometres south-west of Inverloch in South Gippsland, this proposed park covers 2100 hectares and about five kilometres of...

Restaurants

Wonthaggi Golf Club

Wonthaggi Golf Club offers quality dining for both lunch and dinner, plus a variety of entertainment options. Wonthaggi Golf Club has Bingo. There is...

Cafes

The Coffee Collective

The Coffee Collective is a community-minded cafe offers fresh local produce and great coffee in a friendly, convivial atmosphere. The Coffee...

Art galleries

ArtSpace Wonthaggi

Located in the heart of Wonthaggi on the Bass Coast, ArtSpace Wonthaggi Community Gallery is the home of highest quality regional fine art and craft....

Walking & hiking

George Bass Coastal Walk

Walk in historic footsteps along the cliffs from San Remo towards Kilcunda, taking detours to deserted beaches accessible only by foot or boat.

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