Entrance to the Coal Mines Historic Site near Port Arthur Tasmania

Entrance to the Coal Mines Historic Site near Port Arthur Tasmania(Credit: PAHSMA - photo by Alisair Bett, 2010)

Walks and activities

The Coal Mines Historic Site is a great place to discover on foot. Learn the history of this place as you walk the paths and tracks and around the Site and read the stories of some of some of the people who lived and worked here.

Explore the settlement ruins which once included stone prisoners’ barracks and punishment cells, a chapel, bakehouse and store as well as quarters for the commanding officer, surgeon and soldiers.

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Ruins of underground cells at the convict coal mines near Port Arthur
One of Tasmania's Great Short Walks

Walk options range from a few minutes to several hours. Visit the Short Walks website for more information.

Walk options are also described in our Visitor Guide, available from the Port Arthur Historic Site Visitor Centre, or downloadable below.

Please read and abide by the notes on preparation, safety and care of the Site on the earlier page..

Walk 1 
Map for Coal Mines Walk 1, settlement to mineshaft, returning via Plunkett Point

2 hours return. Not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Start at the Settlement, walk up the hill to the Main Shaft and down the Inclined Plane to Plunkett Point, then return along the convict road to the Settlement.


Walk 2
Coal Mines Map Walk 2, Main Shaft to Settlement

1 hour 20 minutes one way. An easy walk but steep in places.

If your party has two cars, leave one at the lower carpark, then drive up to the Main Shaft, and walk down the hill to the settlement via a short side trip down the Inclined Plane.

From there you could also visit Plunkett Point, see Walk 3.

Walk 3
Coal Mines Map Walk 3, Settlement to Plunkett Point return

50 minutes return. An easy walk suitable for those with limited mobility.

Start at the settlement and walk down the convict road to Plunkett Point, return by the same route.

Another 15 minutes [30 minutes return] will take you around the coast from Plunkett Point to the convict quarry.