Wonthaggi, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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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.

Scenic trails
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, for stunning panoramic views of Bass Strait and coastal bushland.

Things to do

Bass Coast Paintball

Bass Coast Paintball

Come and play paintball with Bass Coast Paintball. Bass Coast Paintball offers paintball for ages 12 and over, and 18 and over. Set on 20 acres of...

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Bass Coast Rail Trail, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Bass Coast Rail Trail

Take a leisurely ride along this picturesque path, the only coastal rail trail in Victoria that travels through farmland to the Bass Strait coast.

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George Bass Coastal Walk, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

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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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...

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Maru Koala and Animal Park

Maru Koala and Animal Park

'Get in touch with wildlife' at Maru Koala and Animal Park. Founded, owned and operated by the Heffer family, Maru Koala and Animal Park personally...

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'Black Gold'