There is very little that Mamma knew about coal, apart from it being dirty and found under the ground. That was until of course we visited the State Coal Mine. This historically significant site in Wonthaggi is where 17 million tonnes of coal was mined for Victorian industry railways back in the 1900s and now is an educational and tourist destination. The site is huge and all enclosed so the kids are safe to explore where they choose, including the old K192 engine.
Entry to the site is free, as well as exploring all the museums, displays and out buildings. There is plenty to read and learn as you travel from spot to spot and lots of artefacts left like in the olden days. For an additional fee though, you can head on a tour underground to see where all the magic happened (we were too early in the day on our most recent visit - helps to plan ahead Mammas!).
If you are heading through the area or staying nearby on a family roadt rip, add the State Coal Mine to your itinerary.
Mamma's special mentions: Wonthaggi is a great country town within the Bass Coast Shire and close to two of Mamma’s favourite road trip destinations: Phillip Island and Inverloch.
the nitty gritty
10am - 4:30pm
cafe on site or BYO picnic
Underground tours run daily at 11.30am and 2.00pm, additional tours run during holiday periods.
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