Convict to Coalface Tour

The Tour

This exclusive new tour allows participants to experience the Port Arthur Historic Site and the Coal Mines Historic Site, two of the 11 sites that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage property.

Led by a knowledgeable guide, participants will explore the ruins of houses, barracks, offices and dark, damp underground cells of those who once lived and worked at the Coal Mines, a place where the ‘worst of the worst’ convicts were sent for punishment.

Your guide will reveal the stories and features of this heritage landscape that might otherwise elude the casual visitor.

This tour is only available to groups by prior arrangement. Please contact our reservations staff, or download the product sheet below for more information.

The History

Located in a now peaceful bush landscape about 30 minutes’ drive from Port Arthur, the Coal Mines is a little known element of the great experiment in crime and punishment on which the Australian nation was founded.

This  was the first coal mine to exist in Tasmania, opening in 1833, and is now the only mine site to survive from the convict period.  The mining settlement was used as a punishment station for men who had committed serious offences whilst under sentence, or who continually committed minor offences.

William Thompson was a convict at the coal mines in 1842-43, find out more about him here.

The Coal Mines Historic Site

The Details

The tour components in total run for approximately 4 hours. Group members also have the option to self explore the Port Arthur Historic Site.

The tour can be taken either as a morning or afternoon option with the morning tour leaving at 8.30am or afternoon at 1.30pm. These times can be negotiated for groups.

Cost: $135 (nett) per person. A minimum of 12 are required to confirm this tour.


  • Return coach transfers between the Port Arthur and the Coal Mines Historic Sites
  • Tour of the Coal Mines Historic Site with an expert guide
  • A Tasmanian inspired gourmet morning or afternoon tea
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Introductory Tour with an expert guide
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Harbour Cruise
  • Complimentary printed visitor guides to both sites

Please contact our Visitor Services team for more information – 1800 659 101 (a free call from within Australia) or +61 3 6251 2310 from overseas.