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Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula

13/03/2019

Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message

08/03/2019

Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.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