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 BBQ area. Arrange to visit State Coal Mine and other attractions in Wonthaggi using our Wonthaggi journey planning tool .
State Coal Mine Reviews
We went with children aged 9-15 they all enjoyed it immensely. The tour guide had great presentation, informative, interesting and fun. we got a good sense of the huge scale of mining that took... more »
This is an amazing place, plenty to see and experience above ground and a wonderful cafe. We booked on the underground tour which was well worth the $20. A Knowledgeable friendly guide took us deep.... more »
Very nice for a day tour. Friendly staffs will bring you around the mining tunnels. You go very deep into the ground and an amazing opportunity to learn how the mining been done.
This place is amazing. Totally recommend going out of your way to do the tour, is worth every cent. There's heaps to do above ground as well and the staff and volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. The history of the mine, the techniques used over the years and the change in technology used was fascinating. We took five kids under 10 there and they loved it.
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