Best of Wonthaggi

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. Whether you’re looking for a coastal walk to take in the local wildlife and coastline or want to take a step back in time to discover what life working in a coal mine was like in the early 20th century, Wonthaggi has you covered.

State Coal Mine

Journey back in time to discover what it was like to work in a coal mine in the 1900s! Venture underground through the dark network of tunnels to get hands-on at the coal face and learn how Victoria’s hard-working men extracted the black gold. Entry is free to the site above ground where you can meet Cobber the pit pony, climb aboard the old steam locomotive, follow the heritage walk among buildings and gardens or watch a film in the theatrette.

Underground tours run daily at 11:30am and 2pm, taking around 60-90 minutes to complete.

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1: Underground mine tour at Wonthaggi. Source: Visit Victoria.

George Bass Coastal Walk

This clifftop trail from Kilcunda to San Remo’s outskirts follows George Bass’s voyage of discovery along the southern edge of the Anderson Peninsula, over 200 years ago. The walk is 7km long one-way (around 2-3 hours duration) or 16km if you do the whole walk there and back. Don’t forget to take some photos of the breathtaking views of the Bass Strait surf and secluded beaches below as you go.

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2: Scenery along the George Bass Coastal Walk. Source: Bass Coast.

ArtSpace Gallery

Located in the heart of Wonthaggi, the ArtSpace Community Gallery is the home to some of the region’s highest quality fine art and crafts.

You’ll find regular exhibitions and monthly theme displays created by regional artists and crafts people. Artists exhibit for monthly blocks so, the work changes regularly and there is always something new and exciting to see.

The gallery is open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm and is free to enter.

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3: Selection of artworks on display. Source: Visit Melbourne.

Bass Coast Paintball

If you’re in the mood for an exciting and high adrenaline day, how about a game of paintball? Bass Coast Paintball offer regular paintball for people aged 16+, for those with younger kids, Splatmaster is a fun and safe option for those aged 9 and up.

Remember to book in advance online and wear clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty, that’s half the fun!

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4: Paintball in action. Source: Bass Coast Paintball Facebook.

Udder & Hoe

Just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Wonthaggi, nestled in the courtyard behind the Kilcunda General Store lies a food store that is small in size, but big on heart – the original Udder & Hoe.

Offering fresh produce and pantry staples from Gippsland growers and makers, from Betsy’s home-baked Oak & Swan Sourdough, to Michael’s macadamias and fresh fruit sourced from within a 30km radius.

Take your time browsing the collection of cookbooks, homewares and preserves to bring home for your family and friends, or a treat for yourself.

Udder & Koe is open 7 days a week from 9am-4pm.

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5: Udder & Hoe exterior. Source: Visit Melbourne.

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Getting more excited about visiting Cape Paterson and its neighbouring towns? We have plenty of accommodation options at Cape Paterson Holiday Park, from 2 and 3-bedroom Ocean View Villas, Glamping sites or book your caravan or camp-site on our website.

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