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State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi

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Published January 23rd 2022
A bucket of coal and then some
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Coal Cart displayed in the museum


The State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi is the perfect place for a day trip with the family.

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Coal Cart displayed in the museum


The State Coal Mine operated from 1909 through to 1968, producing almost 17 million tonnes of coal for Victoria's railways and industries during this period.

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Coal Mine workers display


Beautifully kept grounds surround the walkthrough museum of yesteryear houses which provide the viewer with a fantastic insight into the day to day living during the early 1900s.

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Sitting room in one of the historical homes


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.

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Museum display


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.

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My delicious lunch!


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!

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On display


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.

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Bread box!


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!

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The 1984 film 'Strikebound' was filmed at the State Coal Mine


We are looking forward to visiting again when we can partake in the underground tour, as well as revisiting the terrific cafe - I already know what I intend to order from the menu!

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A bit of humour!
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Why? To enrich yourself with the workings of a historical coal mine
When: Open dailyfrom 10am to 4:30pm
Phone: (03) 8427 2118 or 131963
Where: State Coal Mine, Garden Street, Wonthaggi VIC 3995
Cost: Free entry to all above ground facilities, underground tours priced from $11.50 to $22.10
Your Comment
I have passed through Wonthaggi many times and had not realised what history awaited me. The bucket is getting fuller.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4054) 120 days ago
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