In its heyday, the State Coal Mine was a bustling network of tunnels, filled with men and pit ponies, dust and dim lights. Deep below the surface, miners toiled to dig the valuable black coal which powered Victoria's railway network. The mine was Wonthaggi's life-blood, and was active from 1909 to 1968.
Limited underground tours are now available (conditions and fees apply).
Please phone 03 5672 3053 for further details and booking enquiries.
All underground tours are guided by Parks Victoria staff and volunteers, who tell stories from mining days past, and explain mining methods and social history. Many guides have personal connections to the mine, with a special few being retired miners.
This authentic mine gives visitors the opportunity to experience the primitive conditions of black coal mining in Victoria during the 1900's. The mine remains just as it was in its working days. Tools and equipment are still in place, as if the miners have just walked away.
All that's missing are the men and pit-ponies. But, if you stand still you can almost hear the clatter of horse shoes on steel rails, rumbling skips and the tapping of pick on coal.
Things to Do - There's plenty to do above ground too!
- Relax in the theatrette as historic film brings Wonthaggi's mining heritage to life.
- Follow the heritage walk around the mine site, exploring historic buildings housing, photographs of mining days past and mining remnants.
- Climb aboard the K192 steam locomotive which utilised Wonthaggi's coal to operate.
- Meet Cobber the Pit Pony.
- Ample car and bus parking.
- Sheltered picnic area and free barbecues.
- Souvenir shop with light refreshments available.
- Access for visitors with limited mobility.