A view of the World Heritage listed convict Coal Mines.

A view of the World Heritage listed convict Coal Mines Historic Site(Credit: PAHSMA (photographer Jonathan Wherrett), 2011)

How to get there

The Coal Mines Historic Site offers a very different visitor experience to that of the Port Arthur Historic Site.

A visit to the Coal Mines is a wonderful adjunct to any visit to Port Arthur and any of the Tasmanian World Heritage Convict Sites.

In addition to its heritage values, the Coal Mines is also rich in native flora and fauna.

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Driving directions

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.