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State Coal Mine

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Great day out

We visited in the afternoon after 2.30 so missed the last tour underground , spent a while walking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
L5973CKlouised
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Penrose, Australia
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Great day at the mine!

Came from the Philip island for a little bit of an exploration in Wonthaggi and drove to the state... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pegah888
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Melbourne, Australia
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Garden Street, Wonthaggi, Victoria 3995, Australia
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All reviews above ground underground tour coal mine well worth the visit phillip island steam train all ages highly recommended tour amazing tour great knowledge nice cafe an eye opener pit pony own pace awesome experience friendly volunteers interesting place to visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in the afternoon after 2.30 so missed the last tour underground , spent a while walking around and exploring the buildings and surrounds which was quite interesting and costs nothing. We decided to go back the next morning and do the underground tour...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank L5973CKlouised
Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear L5973, Thank you for coming back and taking the time to explore our site, both above and below ground. Your review helps us in so many ways and glad you enjoyed yourselves. Regards Volunteers and staff

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came from the Philip island for a little bit of an exploration in Wonthaggi and drove to the state coal mine. Great way to spend a few hours and learn about the old coal mining. Kids loved it and we all learnt something. Very good...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Pegah888, So glad you enjoyed your tour and at the same time took the drive off the Island to visit us. 5 STARS to you and the family. Kind regards Staff and Volunteers

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The aboveground exhibitions are interesting with great information and memorabilia, thoroughly enjoyed walking around looking at the miner's cottage, especially the stables, the CFA exhibit and the other rooms. The video was a great way to start the tour. Friendly helpful staff. A great day...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sue, so glad you took the journey and yes you are right that the 15 minute film gives you a great insight and introduction to the site and also the history of the town. thanks for visiting. Kind regards Volunteers and staff.

Reviewed 10 December 2018

It is a very interesting place, lots of see and participate in. Tour of the mine, there is cost but well worth it. Café which serve beautiful meals. You can spend at least a couple of hours looking around at the exhibitions on ground level....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AustraliaMardi
Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Dear AustraliaMardi, Thank you for visiting firstly and secondly thank you for highlighting that the site is just not about our underground. There is so much to see above ground and there is something for the whole family from the chickens to the beautiful gardens...More

Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

We read about this place in the tourist broschure and thought it sounded interesting and a bit different. We would definitely recommend doing the underground tour! Our guide Steve had quite a few interesting and entertaining stories to tell.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thanks Lotta for dropping in and taking a tour. Steve is one of our wonderful volunteers who donates many hours to the site. Their love affair to the towns history make the tour as it is non scripted and from the heart. Thanks again and...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

Just enjoyed a great trip into this historic mine with tour guide Antony. Really wonderful afternoon learning how the miners won their precious black gold. Excellent value and even a train trip back to the surface is included in the tour fee. The above ground...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Dear David, You make a great point about the above ground exhibits for those that do not wish to go underground. To walk around above ground takes about the same time as doing the underground tour and then everyone that visits gets an experience. Thanks...More

Reviewed 1 November 2018

Then State Coal Mine was established because the Victorian Railways needed a reliable source of black coal. The supply of black coal from New South Wales (NSW) was unreliable because the miners were constantly on strike. The Wonthaggi mine was not ideal, as the coal...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Well said Jeffry, These days are long gone (back breaking manual labour "I mean") BUT the State Coal Mine served a purpose and secured Victoria's rail system. Thanks for visiting Volunteers and staff.

Reviewed 25 October 2018

Yes you heard me correct. FREE. Yes you have to pay to do the mine tour but the rest of the place you can just walk in to. Very enjoyable day and good to see a part of our history. Take the time and go...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Candy 5***** to you for your support and kind words,thank you from the whole team. Regards Staff and volunteers

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

We went on the underground coal mine tour which was very informative, really good guide with thorough knowledge of the workings of the coal mine. Quite an eye opener on the conditions that the miners worked in. Then after being brought back to the surface...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

We arrived just after 10.00am when it opens. There are two underground tours daily and the first was at 11.30am so we decided to have a coffee and scones .....mmmmmm delicious. We did ask for the scone recipe. We also watched a video about the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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YashiC1
26 December 2018|
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Response from Braxton L | Property representative |
Hi YashiC1 we take tourists 93 metres below the surface to what is called the first bench, however the mine is around 400 metres in depth.
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silvanadavid77
27 December 2016|
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Response from hawk1991 | Reviewed this property |
Hi wouldnt recommend a stroller as its uneven in spots and gets a bit small inplaces depends on the child and if he/she gets frightened at one point they switch the lights off to show what it was like
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Paul C
12 September 2016|
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Response from davidwT4697BM | Reviewed this property |
Paul.the walk is on a slow incline down the tunnel,should not be to difficult at a slow pace.
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