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  • State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Delve deep into Victoria's mining history, explore a range of 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, including historic buildings, interpretive displays and walking trails.

Find a variety of shops, eateries, supermarkets and accommodation in town, plus meals and live entertainment at local clubs.

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, and then link in with the Bass Coast Rail Trail.

Continue your coastal explorations with birdwatching, swimming, snorkelling and surfing at Cape Paterson and Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park.