The Coal Mines Historic Site is outstanding for its insight into Australia's convict history and the use of convicts as a cheap source of labour for the exploitation of local resources. Today the mine shafts are evident as circular depressions in the landscape, and 18 damp dark alternating solitary cells convey the grim harshness of Australia's convict history. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the site.
The Coal Mines Historic Site was included in the National Heritage List on 1 August 2007.
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