Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 10 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE GRAHAM STREET BILLSON STREET MCKENZIE STREET KORUMBURRA ROAD BASS HIGHWAY Police WONTHAGGI WELCOME TO 3995 WONTHAGGI RAILWAY HISTORIC AREA STATE COAL MINE HISTORIC AREA HISTORIC RAILWAY LINE BUSHLAND AREA WONTHAGGI RECREATION RESERVE WONTHAGGI BUSHLAND RESERVE TO LEONGATHA & INVERLOCH TO SAN REMO & PHILLIP ISLAND Scan here for full detailed map Distance fromMelbourne: 135km Population: 4400 approx. Amenities: Great walks and trails including the Bass Coast Rail Trail. Accommodation options include caravan and camping, hotels, motels and holiday rentals. Close to the beach for coastal fun. PHILLIP ISLAND WONTHAGGI INVERLOCH LEONGATHA WILSONS PROMONTORY FOSTER TOORA Don your hard hat Wonthaggi is a town built very much on the coal industry. Though coal is no longer mined in the area, it is still an interesting town with plenty of history to investigate. A great day trip from Melbourne, the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi provides a fascinating insight into the coal mining industry in the 1900s. When it opened in 1909, it was a vital part of the state’s infrastructure. The mine supplied coal for Victoria’s steam-driven railways and was so important that the town of Wonthaggi was built to house its workers. Guided tours run twice a day seven days a week, and last about an hour, with guides who are experienced Parks Victoria staff and volunteers with fascinating stories about the glory days of the mine and the lives of the miners. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes. Underground visitors can enjoy the guided tour to see the original coal faces of the high-quality coal Wonthaggi was famous for, and tools, equipment and lights left from when the mine was operational. Children will love being little miners, donning the hard hats with lamps and, of course, the ride back up to the surface on the purpose built ‘pulley-train’. Above ground, there’s plenty to see and do with a typical Wonthaggi miner’s cottage exactly as it would have been in the mine’s heyday, complete with veggie patch and chickens. There’s a barbecue area with three barbecues, a pizza oven and outdoor seating, and even a community hall. The visitor centre has ample seating, a theatrette showing a short film on the mine’s history, and a café serving an array of hot and cold food and beverages. To book a tour visit the parkstay website. Youngsters will love donning their hard hats and becoming little miners at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi. Photo: Parks Victoria

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