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State Coal Mine

Garden Street, Wonthaggi, Victoria 3995, Australia
+61 3 5672 3053
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So much to see and learn about

The tour is a must! Not cheap at $21 pp, but totally worth it. Our guide Steve had our small group... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
only1invillage
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London
Underrated Tourist Attraction

This is the second time we have been to this great attraction and this time we didn't do the mine... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
lorrainelawrie
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Parma, Italy
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Garden Street, Wonthaggi, Victoria 3995, Australia
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+61 3 5672 3053
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is a must! Not cheap at $21 pp, but totally worth it. Our guide Steve had our small group of seven in stitches the entire 1 hour 40 mins we were underground. He was well informed, passionate and completely hilarious with his anecdotes...More

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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear only1invillage, We will pass your kind words onto Steve and yes we think he is great like all the volunteers that dedicate so much time to the site. On behalf of everyone here, thank you for the support and the 5 star rating it...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the second time we have been to this great attraction and this time we didn't do the mine tour because we were time limited. We have been surprised both times that there aren't more people visiting as this is a world class attraction...More

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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Lorraine, Thanks for your great support and also your repeat visit. Yes we all agree with you that this site is a bit of a hidden gem and it is people such as yourself that give great feedback that helps expand our audience. So...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend the tour which takes you into the upper part of the mine. Very informative and our guide was lovely. The rest of the site was fine, but the displays were a little outdated.

Thank Chris H
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Chris, Thanks for stepping back in time 1909-1968 and taking the tour. Kind regards Staff and volunteers.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent tour underground, the above ground displays are amazing. Put on your bucket list. The tour guide knowledge was A1.

Thank FredMB54
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Fred for the 5 stars, they go a long way in spreading the good word on what is on offer at the site. Gold star. Regards Volunteers and staff.

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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

Similar concept to Sovereign Hill. Takes you back to what life was like around 1930 when the mine was in full swing. The mine closed in 1968 but most of the relics remained in the area including the means to dig it out and of...More

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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear David, thank you for the support and glad you put a few words in on how long you should spend at the site. Kind regards Staff and volunteers.

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Reviewed 14 February 2018

This is the second time we have been on this tour and it was just as enjoyable and informative as the first time we took it. One really does experience what it must have been like working in a coal mine. Our tour guide was...More

Thank Kiwibird248
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kiwibird, We all agree, the train ride out beats walking up a one in four gradient for 250 metres. I will pass on your kind words to the volunteers. Thanks for your support and visiting us again. Regards Volunteers and staff.

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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Very informative and interesting 1h guided tour with Dave. Staff was lovely and the café served a delicious lunch. Go there!

Thank Monika B
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Dear Monika, Thank you for taking the time to visit the site and take the tour. Your kinds words go along way at assisting us to attract more people. On behalf of the Staff and volunteers, thank you.

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

This is a highly recommended tour when visiting Wonthaggi. Our tour guide was both entertaining and very informative. We were taken through the mine where we were told all about the working conditions and mining methods of days gone by. At the end of the...More

Thank Wazza244
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Dear Wazza, Glad you enjoyed your visit to the site and we thank you for the 5 Star review because the more support we receive the more visitors that come and see this great site. Kind regards Staff and volunteers.

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

We saw this on our campingmate app and went for it. A lot of volunteers. All is free until you go underground. Nice guide and some cool fun facts. Restaurant... oef that scone mmm very niceMore

Thank Paul v
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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

Hi Paul, thank you for taking the time to visit and also for taking a tour. The place is part of Victoria's history and as you pointed out we have a lot of volunteers and we are blessed to have them in partnership to protect...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Relive the experience of the minors who produced over 17 million tones of coal; dug over 4,800 kilometers of tunnels/shafts. See replica miners huts, a steam locomotive, DVD presentation, take a tour down the mine, excellent museum

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Braxton L, Manager at State Coal Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Dear Keith, What a plug for the site, thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to visit this fantastic site. Kind regards Staff and volunteers

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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 Frank W | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. The walking into the mine is over a not very steep path. It is doable for sombody walking with a stick. As far I remember, there are no steps. The way up is with a mine-train.
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