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Coal Creek Historical Village

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by Deborah Jayne (subscribe)
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Published October 23rd 2014
FREE Family Fun at Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Historical Village
Journey Back in time at Coal Creek
Stepping through the doors into the Coal Creek Historical Village is like taking a giant step back in time. Experience for yourself what life would have been like in the coalmining town from 1870 to 1920, and best of all, entry is FREE!

Kids of all ages will be captivated by the permanent steam train located just inside the gate. Admire the big black engine, then gather in the lovely old-fashioned carriages and prepare for a journey back in time. Tickets can be purchased for the diesel train, which runs most days, from the Pig and Whistle Café or the General Store.

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Historical Village Buildings
The Historical Society at Coal Creek has faithfully preserved over fifty original buildings, from carriage maker, wool spinner, school, doctor and pharmacy, church, to barber shop and the general store, in addition to the train!

Located in the charming historical town of Korumburra, you could spend anything from two hours to all day exploring the Coal Creek Historical Village.

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Train Station
Run by volunteers, many of whom dress in period costume, Coal Creek is not just the perfect destination for a family day trip, all of the buildings – including the train – can be rented for specific functions, including birthday parties and weddings.

General entry (except for event days) is FREE! Making Coal Creek a 'must do' for anyone visiting the South Gippsland area.

Coal Creek Historical Village
All Aboard for a Trip Back in Time
Things to Do at Coal Creek

Set over 32 acres, you can easily spend the entire day exploring the beautifully preserved buildings. Experiencing first hand what life would have been life in the coalmining town from 1870 to 1920.

Ride the trains!
The diesel train runs during normal opening hours.
All day tickets are $6.50 per person.
Under 3 ride free and can be purchased from the Pig and Whistle Café or the General Store.

Steam Train rides are held on specific days throughout the year. Please check the Coal Creek web site for details.
Tickets are $10 per person.
Under 3 ride free.

Feed the animals - Pellets for the ducks can be bought in the entrance foyer, and be sure to check out the eels living in the lake!

The General Store is a marvellous experience. Most of the items are for exhibition purposes only, but a selection of souvenirs and boiled sweets are available for purchase.

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Lake, Rotunda & Pig and Whistle Cafe
Dine at the Pig and Whistle cafe - Morning and afternoon tea is available, along with a hot and cold lunch menu. The Devonshire tea is recommended, and the café is fully licensed.

BBQ facilities are available in the car park or take a picnic and throw down a rug inside the village, either on the grass beside the café or on the oval where the kids can run around and kick a ball.

Take a spooky ghost tour - Are you brave enough to dare a ghostly encounter? Spirit Seekers Ghost tours are held on the second Saturday of every month and bookings are essential.

Magic lantern movie shows are held on the last Sunday of every month at Coal Creek. This special display features glass slides placed over a candle lantern.

Farmers Market held on the second Saturday of every month.

Coal Creek hosts many special events throughout the year. Check their web site for details.

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek School Room
Parking at Coal Creek

There is limited FREE on-sight parking and FREE street parking.


Coal Creek is 'wheel friendly' (Suitable for prams, strollers, walkers and wheelchairs).

Firm gravel pathways make the area easy walking.

NOTE: There is an incline back up to the exit.

Assistance dogs welcome.

Facilities at Coal Creek

Toilets are located throughout the park, including baby change facilities and mothers' feeding room.

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Historical Village
Food and Eating at Coal Creek

Onsite café, The Pig and Whistle, provides a selection of hot and cold meals for lunch, morning and afternoon tea, hot and cold drinks, and is fully licensed. Seniors day is Monday. Please check the web site for full details.

There is a selection of hot and cold drinks available in the entrance foyer. A hot drink dispenser provides coffee at $3.00 per cup.

Covered BBQ facilities, including electric hot plates and open picnic tables are located in car park. There are no cooking facilities inside the park and no designated picnic areas with specific seating. For picnics, please pack a blanket.

The General Store sells a selection of boiled sweets.

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek General Store
Shopping at Coal Creek

The entrance foyer to Coal Creek sells an interesting selection of souvenirs, tourist items, honey and sauces, and knitted clothing.
Small souvenir type items can be purchased inside the village.

What to wear to Coal Creek

Comfortable shoes.

If the day preceding is wet, a plastic bag and change of shoes recommended for kids. All paths are gravel.

Where is the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum?

12 Silkstone Road (Cnr South Gippsland Highway), Korumburra
Telephone: 5655 1811

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Historical Village Entrance
Opening Hours and Ticket Prices

Coal Creek is open every day during school holidays.

During school terms Coal Creek is open Thursday to Monday, 10am to 4.30pm.

Entry is FREE!

All day diesel train tickets are $6.50 per person. Under 3 ride free.

Special Event Days

The Coal Creek calendar is full of special event days.
Easter Hunt
Teddy Bears Picnic
Sustainability Festival
Pirates Day
Literary Festival
Carols by the Creek
Buskers Festival
Geek Festival
For dates and details, check out the web page:

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Historical Village
Facilities and Additional Information

Over 22 community groups call Coal Creek home. Visit, or perhaps consider joining one of these groups. Blooms Playgroup, Gippsland Wind Orchestra, Gippsland Gamers (every Thursday from 4pm), Korumburra Masonic Group, Korumburra Ladies Craft Group, Men's Shed, just to name a few.

Special Functions and Group Bookings

All buildings located at Coal Creek are available for event venue hire.

The village is a safe, enclosed, photogenic location for any function, including weddings and kid's birthday parties. Coal Creek is a location no one will forget. (Onsite catering options available).

School groups are encouraged to visit Coal Creek. Coal Creek offers a number of educational programs. Children can sit in the old-fashioned school house and learn about the history of the coalmining town.
Full details are provided on the Coal Creek web site:

Coal Creek Historical Village
Coal Creek Historical Village
Corporate function room available.

On-site catering options available.

Coal Creek Wedding Packages

Coal Creek provides wedding packages including venue hire, catering and photography. No one would ever forget a genuinely old-fashioned wedding at the beautifully photogenic Coal Creek Historical Village.
Enquire direct: 03 5655 1811
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Why? Step Back in Time: Coal Creek Living Museum
Phone: 5655 1811
Where: 12 Silkstone Road (Cnr South Gippsland Highway) Korumburra
Cost: Free
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