End of Inclined Plane and Jetty, Coal Mines
(Royal Society of Tasmania)
The Coal Mines Historic Site, situated on the Tasman Peninsula, was Tasmania's first operational mine.
Developed both to limit the colony's dependence upon costly imported coal from New South Wales, as well as serving as a place of punishment for the "worst class" of convicts from Port Arthur, the mine was operational for over 40 years.
For visitors to Tasmania's beautiful Tasman Peninsula, the Coal Mines Historic Site offers the chance to discover among the uncrowded ruins a different perspective on Tasmania's convict history.
The Parks and Wildlife Service no longer manages the Coal Mine Historic Site. Management now rests with the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. Information on the Coal Mines is available from their web site.