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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 barbecue area.Please note, conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.Please be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
The State Coal Mine is situated in the town of Wonthaggi, 130 km south-east of Melbourne. Take the Monash Freeway past Dandenong to Cranbourne, then follow the road signs to Phillip Island and Wonthaggi, along the South Gippsland and Bass Highways. Continue past the Phillip Island turnoff, about another 20 km to Wonthaggi. The mine is signposted from the town just off the Cape Patterson Rd.
Tours conducted daily at 11:30am and 2:00pm. Closed toed shoes must be worn.