Opening Hours

The Coal Mines Historic Site is open daily. No bookings are required and entry is free. There are toilet facilities at the Site, but it is not staffed.

The Coal Mines Historic Site is 25 minutes’ drive from Port Arthur, near Saltwater River on the north western tip of the Tasman Peninsula.

From Hobart

Travel down the Arthur Highway to the Tasman Peninsula; turn right at Taranna onto the B37. At the Premaydena shop, turn right and take road C341 for approximately 13 kilometres/8 miles. The road is sealed up until the entrance to the Coal Mines Historic Site.

From Port Arthur

Travel north along the Arthur Highway to Taranna; turn left onto the B37, then continue as above. Alternatively, continue past Port Arthur to Nubeena and Premaydena, then turn left onto the C341 at the Premaydena shop and continue as above.

Just One Part of an Epic Story

The Coal Mines Historic Site is part of the epic story of the European settlement of Australia.

The Pydairrerme people were the traditional owners of this land. Middens and other cultural sites from many thousands of years of occupation still remain in the area and we ask that visitors assist us in caring for them by not walking on them or picking up any associated material.

The Coal Mines formed part of the system of convict discipline and punishment on the Tasman Peninsula. During its busiest years almost 600 prisoners with their jailers and their families lived and worked at the Mines. While the underground workings are no longer accessible, you may visit the picturesque ruins of houses, barracks, offices and punishment cells.

As you explore this evocative unspoiled landscape, you may catch a faint echo of those long departed men toiling in the dark, and experience something of the isolation and hardship that they endured.


This  convict site is managed by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) and is another compelling chapter in the story of Tasmania’s convict history. It is also one of the eleven historic places that comprise the Australian World Heritage Convict Sites Property.

PAHSMA undertakes a range of activities to preseve this fragile and special place, including the conservation of landscape and buildings, archaeological surveys and interpretation of its heritage.

The Coal Mines Historic Site embodies a wide range of heritage values.

photograph of the view at the Coal Mines Historic Site

The Coal Mines is one chapter in the epic story of convicts and transportation in Tasmania

Disabled Access

While the main settlement and Plunkett Point are accessible, the Inclinde Plane and the track up to the Main Shaft are not recommended for those with mobility issues.

Safety on Site

The weather in Tasmania is changeable and there are no shelters at the Coal Mines. Be prepared with sun protection, warm clothing, a raincoat or umbrella. For your own safety, we ask you to stay on the paths. The ground is uneven in many places, so sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

Mosquitoes are widespread at the Coal Mines at almost all times of the year, the use of repellent is advised.

Please keep in mind that the ruins are unstable and fragile, so please do not climb on them.

Facilities and Precautions

  • Toilets are available at the main car park.
  • There are picnic opportunities but no facilities; bring your own drinking water and all supplies.
  • Please wear comfortable, sturdy footwear, carry a jacket or raincoat and use sun protection.
  • A 300 metre section of track is wheelchair accessible. The rest is a Level 2 walk.
  • Deep shafts and building ruins. For safety, remain behind barriers and supervise children.
  • No metal detectors or firearms.
  • Dogs should be kept on leads at all times.
  • Bicycles must keep to formed roads.
  • Please assist with conservation by not disturbing any building remnants.

Filming and Photography

Filming and Photography (drones)

Conditions apply to filming and photography for media or commercial purposes.  Please download, read, complete and return our Filming and Photography Application form and contact us in advance of your visit to discuss your request.

For the safety and preservation of our heritage buildings, wildlife and guests recreational use of an RPA (drone) is NOT permitted at the Coal Mines Historic Site.

The commercial use of a RPA may be considered with the provision of evidence of Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification and the associated Public Liability insurance along with the completed Filming and Photography Application form at least 10 business days prior to filming.