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History unlocked at Richmond Gaol

12/11/2018

Investment in the restoration of the Gaoler's House at Richmond Gaol will enhance the visitor experience at one of Tasmania's key historic sites.More

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

09/11/2018

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from next Wednesday (November 14) at identified Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Godfreys Beach penguin viewing platform open

07/11/2018

The development of a new penguin viewing platform at Godfreys Beach at The Nut State Reserve in Stanley has recently been completed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.More

Coal Mines

End of Inclined Plane and Jetty, Coal MinesEnd 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. Further information is available at www.coalmines.org.au