Convict Trail

18. The Coal Mines Historic Site

The Coal Mines is a World Heritage site.  Entry is free.  Maps and information are available at the Port Arthur Historic Site.  The Coal Mines first opened in 1833 and were used as a punishment station.  A 90-metre shaft on top of Coal Mine Hill was completed in 1840.  From the shaft there is a 700-metre inclined plane for wagons transferring coal to Plunkett Point.  It took 7 hours to fill a ship with 200 tons of coal.