The extensive well maintained veggie garden surrounded by an abundance of fruit trees is a delightful sight. There was no running to the supermarket back then, living off produce that was homegrown was a necessity.
Entry is free to the aboveground attractions which include the museum and theatrette, the heritage walking trail, the well kept historic buildings and the steam locomotive. BBQ and picnic areas are available for visitors also.
There is also a wonderful cafe on site aptly named State Coal Mine Cafe, which provided us with a most delicious lunch. My meal of baked spuds loaded with salad and sour cream was perfection!
Underground tours were running daily prior to the current pandemic and are currently on a break. Please check via the The Parks website to find out when the underground tours will recommence.
All in all, this is a fabulous place to visit filled with historical information. During our visit, we spoke with one of the dedicated volunteers who kindly provided us with some interesting local knowledge including a couple of humorous tales!
The 1984 film 'Strikebound' was filmed at the State Coal Mine