State Coal Mine Central Area Walking Tracks Wonthaggi

This area features a number of different tracks that take you past Wonthaggi’s coal mining history including the Number 5 Brace and Rescue Station which can be easily viewed from the paths.

West Area Road


Description: There are five designated walking tracks with each one revealing a different aspect of the central mining area while Baxter’s Loop takes you through heathland, past historic ruins to Baxters wetland and the bird hide.

Location: Campbell Street or West Area Road, Wonthaggi

Length and approximate time to complete:

  • Length/Time - 4.6km / 1 to 3 hours walking return
  • Pioneer Mines Loop - track takes you to where boring for coal started in 1909
  • Baxters Loop - track takes you to No. 9 and No. 10 shafts and to Baxters wetland and bird hide via the West Area haulage track 
  • Brace Loop - track takes you to the main central area workings, up/down uneven dirt steps and along the haulage line.
  • The Rail Trail Historic Mining Track - takes you through the central area workings and along the railway marshalling yards
  • The Cinder Loop track is unique in that a section of the track is made of cinders (ash) from the powerhouse boilers

Quick Facts:

  • Difficulty - Moderate
  • Track surface - Crushed rock, gravel, mown grass, natural surface, and bitumen road
  • Parking - Unmarked car park (gravel) off West Area Road
  • Designated Accessible Parking - No
  • Toilets - No
  • Wheelchairs - Unsuitable
  • Prams - No
  • Bicycles - No
  • Dogs - Yes, on lead
  • Picnic table/BBQ - No

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