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PWS Public Safety Update

17/01/2019

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing to assess the fire situation and extract bushwalkers from fire-affected remote reserves and parks across the state.More

PWS Public Safety Alert

16/01/2019

There has been considerable thunderstorm activity across the state overnight. Some fires have started in remote areas and the situation is being assessed as a matter of urgency.More

Gell River Fire update 14 January 2019 4.00 pm

15/01/2019

A fire is burning within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, to the north of the Denison Range and through the Vale of Rasselas.More

Coal Mines

End of Inclined Plane and Jetty, Coal MinesEnd of Inclined Plane and Jetty, Coal Mines



(Royal Society of Tasmania)

The Coal Mines Historic Site, situated on the Tasman Peninsula, was Tasmania's first operational mine.

Developed both to limit the colony's dependence upon costly imported coal from New South Wales, as well as serving as a place of punishment for the "worst class" of convicts from Port Arthur, the mine was operational for over 40 years.

For visitors to Tasmania's beautiful Tasman Peninsula, the Coal Mines Historic Site offers the chance to discover among the uncrowded ruins a different perspective on Tasmania's convict history.

The Parks and Wildlife Service no longer manages the Coal Mine Historic Site. Management now rests with the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. Further information is available at www.coalmines.org.au