State Coal Mine - Wonthaggi
Hours: 10.00am - 4.30pm Underground tours run daily at 11.30am and 2.00pm, additional tours run during holiday periods.
Only 25 minutes from Phillip Island, the State Coal Mine is one of Victoria's newest attractions and the only historic coal mine experience in the Southern Hemisphere. An inexpensive day trip for the whole family, the State Coal Mine offers interactive fun and interest both above and below ground.
When booking online you may request a tour time of 11.30am or 2.00pm, however to secure a spot you are required to be onsite 30-60 minutes prior to the tour time.
Please add your request to the comments section in your shopping cart when making your booking.
Visitors need to wear closed-toe shoes.
Admission Prices Adult - $20.10 Child (5 - 15 years) - $10.20 Concession (Australian Pension Card Holders) - $14.30 Student (16+) and Seniors (Government Seniors Card Holders) - $17.30 Family (2 adults and 2 children) - $50.10 Child under 5 $0.00 Carer $0.00
Journey back in time to discover what life working in a coal mine was like in the 1900s. Venture underground through the network of tunnels to get hands-on at the coal face and learn how Victoria's hard working men extracted the black gold!
Operating from 1909 to 1968, the State Coal Mine produced almost 17 million tonnes of coal for Victoria's industries and railways. Now managed by Parks Victoria, the State Coal Mine site has been lovingly restored by the local community for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Being at the heart of the region’s social and economic development, the State Coal Mine fosters an understanding of Australia’s cultural heritage with an authentic underground tour experience.
Entry is free to the site above ground where you can meet Cobber the pit pony, climb aboard the old steam locomotive, follow the heritage walk amongst buildings and gardens or watch a film in the theatrette.
Enjoy lunch or light refreshments in the café or make use of the sheltered picnic area and free barbeques before continuing to explore the museum.
Combine the quality above ground experience with the thrill of an underground tour for a day-trip you won’t forget.
As you travel into Wonthaggi from Melbourne, continue along Bass Hwy until you reach the first roundabout at Graham Street, turn right and when you reach the roundabout at McDonalds, turn left and continue along Bilson Street. You will see the State Coal Mine sign when you near Garden Street, turn right and follow into the State Coal Mine.