State Coal Mine – Underground Mine Tour

Operating from 1909 to 1968, the State Coal Mine produced almost 17 million tonnes of coal for Victoria’s industries and railways. Venture underground through the network of tunnels to get hands-on at the coal face
and learn how Victoria’s hard working men extracted the black gold!

Explore the network of underground tunnels and imagine them dusty and dim, filled with last century’s hard-working men drilling and chipping for coal. 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. Seams of 130 million year old coal glistens under dim lighting, while empty skips stand idle to rust in the silent tunnels. Kids will love adventuring underground, getting hands-on at the coal face and finding their own treasure to take away.

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, and last about an hour. Many guides have personal connections to the mine, with a special few being retired miners. 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.

Parks Victoria are an Official Partner of the Australian Heritage Festival (Victoria).

Event dates

Event Details

19 - 37 Garden Street, Wonthaggi, VIC

As you travel into Wonthaggi from Melbourne, continue along Bass Hwy until you reach the first roundabout at Graham Street, turn right and when you reach the roundabout at McDonalds, turn left and continue along Bilson Street. You will see the State Coal Mine sign when you near Garden Street, turn right and follow into the State Coal Mine.


Underground tours run daily at 11:30am and 2pm, or self-guided access to the site above ground is available from 10am – 4:30pm.

Entry fees:
Adults $21.3, Children $$ 10.90, Concession $18.4, Family $$ 53.20
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
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Please note: for the underground tours, you are required to be onsite 30-60 minutes prior to the tour time, and closed-toe shoes are required.