Delve deep into Victoria's mining history, explore a range of above-ground heritage sites and embark on scenic walks at Wonthaggi, a town built on the industry of 'black gold' – coal.
Although Wonthaggi's State Coal Mine has retired from duty, there's still plenty to see and do. The mine's above-ground heritage features are open to the public, with historic buildings, interpretive displays, walking trails, a picnic area and kiosk.
During the disastrous New South Wales coal strikes at the turn of the century, Wonthaggi and its black coal reserves were exploited by the Victorian Government in response to this national emergency. Visitors can learn the tough lessons of mining history with tours and interpretation points in a town once controlled by the 'mine whistle'.
Food and entertainment
Wonthaggi is home to a variety of shops, eateries, supermarkets and accommodation. The local cinema shows the latest movies and local clubs provide meals, gaming facilities, entertainment, live bands and shows. The town has a population of around 6,700.
At nearby Kilcunda, home to the historic Kilcunda trestle bridge, take in spectacular views with a walk along the cliff tops on the George Bass Coastal Walk to San Remo. Link in to the Bass Coast Rail Trail, the only coastal rail trail in Victoria, and revel in stunning panoramic views of Bass Strait and coastal bushland.
Continue your coastal explorations at Cape Paterson and Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park. Wander the trails in search of local birdlife or hit the waves for a spot of swimming snorkelling and surfing.