Located between Phillip Island and Inverloch, Wonthaggi is Bass Coast’s regional hub and is most famous for its old coal mining history.
The town is best known for its historic State Coal Mine that operated from 1910 to 1968. With tours running daily, the Mine offers a fascinating insight into the difficult working conditions of Wonthaggi coal miners.The coal is long gone today, but Wonthaggi has reinvented itself as the commercial and retail hub of Bass Coast and South Gippsland. The town brims with a range of shops, eateries, supermarkets, entertainment facilities and accommodation
Two kilometres west of Wonthaggi towards Kilcunda you'll find Williamsons Beach, This is also the site of some of Victoria's sustainable energy development with a large wind farm and the State's first desalination plant. Heading south-east, a short five-minute drive through lush open farm country will take you to the golden beaches and coastal town of Cape Paterson on the Bunurong Coast.