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“Good as-is, lots of potential”

Coal Creek Community Park and Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Come take a walk through time at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. What sets this park apart is that it is a heritage attraction built by a dedicated community. The park has free entry and is always a great day out for the whole family! Ride the bush tramway, dine in the cafe or simply enjoy the natural surrounds. Visit the animals within the park or enjoy a picnic in one of the many scenic spots around the park. Talk to the volunteers for knowledge on local history and let them amaze you with their skilled craftsmanship. Visit the general store for one of Victoria's finest displays and demonstrations of yesteryear. Learn the history of coal from its beginning and see the tools the men used to build their homes and their lives within South Gippsland. Every corner will take you on a journey of history and life of early settlement in Gippsland. OPEN EVERYDAY OF VICTORIAN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Melbourne, Australia
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“Good as-is, lots of potential”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

We visited previously around 11 years ago. Although the park has 'downsized' from its former glory there is still so much to see. And now its free entry!

The tramway train ride is worth paying for (diesel engine only - the steam engine is apparently broken). You will get a good view of areas of the park that are otherwise difficult to walk to and may even spot emus chasing the train. You will also see some former attractions now idle and in disrepair eg. the water wheel and sawmill, and get a sense of what this park could be like if restored to its previous state.

Good shoes and all-weather gear are recommended in the cooler months. Lots of walking on hilly terrain and mostly unsealed surfaces (some of us actually prefer this type of walking). Most of the park is not particularly wheelchair or pram-friendly - check their website for details.

Some of the buildings were closed but you can still get a look at the historic displays through the windows.

There is a Tourist Information centre set up in the entry building so you can pick up brochures for other Gippsland and Wilsons Prom area attractions.

The entry building also contains a small shop where you can find diverse items ranging from energy meters and energy-saving power-boards to historic books and local products such as honey, preserves, cordials and wine.

Staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful. They even have a Coal Creek 'credit card' which you can use in place of cash at the little stores in the park (leave your credit card or drivers license as ID). Just pay the total at the entry hall on your way out.

For those arriving by car.. note to driver: Sections of the drive from Melbourne to Coal Creek are East-West aligned and if the weather is sunny then sunrise/sunset driving will be unpleasant due to maximum sun glare. Try to drive outside these times to avoid the problem.
Further note: The roads near Korumburra are a bit pot-holed and uneven, once you leave the major highways.
Yet another note: the signs could be better.. once you enter Korumburra follow the 'i' tourist info signs and they will lead you to the park (or use your GPS/Navigator).

On that topic, check mobile phone coverage on the internet before you start the trip. We found very patchy or no reception in the area. Ironically, there is a sign in the park to call an after-hours number if you get locked-in (eg if you didn't leave by closing time) but there is no public phone if your mobile doesn't work.

In spite of all this it is still worth the drive. Pick a dryish-weather day, pack a lunch, plan a relaxed drive with breaks in the little rural towns en-route, and allow plenty of time to explore the park and enjoy.

Visited July 2012
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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“history buffs”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

plenty to see, and plenty of people to tell you about the history. Great community effort.

Visited September 2011
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australia
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“VIC”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Really liked the Giant Worm display in the old NAB building, the mining history related by an old chap whose name escapes me. John at the VIC gave exceptionally good advice on the Shire, delivered with passion and knowledge.

We drove from Truan to the Grand Riudge Road and were captivated with the tall timbers, the tree ferns, the dappled sunlight. A great experience.

Visited July 2012
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Inverloch, Australia
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“Time machine for our future.”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Great place to enjoy the natural South Gippsland environment and soak up the history of how we lived in the past. With much to learn from the past for the future, this place is an absolute gem. Pack a picnic for a whole day of fun.

Visited May 2012
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CoalCreek, Coordinator at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, responded to this review, January 19, 2017
Thank you for your review. OUr volunteers and staff work very ahrd a t preserving our wonderful park and its collection. We are so pleased to have some one appreciate it
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“Think Soverign Hill, on a smaller scale but with heaps more heart.”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

If you, like me, remember Sovereign Hill when it was a smaller place and mostly about the history and the exhibits (35 years or so ago), then you will understand why I loved my recent visit to Coal Creek so much.
Coal Creek is a lovingly re-created small country town from days gone by, staffed by local volunteers from this community. The area infomation centre is the entry to Coal Creek. Amazingly there is NO entry fee to the park, yet inside are 20 or so recreated buildings with locally sourced artefacts and display pieces, in my opinion equal to any of the buildings you would find at Sovereign Hill. Local ladies and gents (some in their latter years) are there to answer questions and pass on interesting information about the way things were done many years ago. There are a few items for sale (eg: some lovely hand-made toys and items and lolly jars) and a tea room for light snacks and drinks, all at modest prices. There is even a working train and carrigages you can enjoy. You can buy a ticket on for a short ride around the park (operates several times a day), or just explore the carrigaes when it is not running. A duck pond in in the centre of the grounds with a gazebo completes the township perfectly.
There is a tangible spirit in this place and the volunteers offer the visitor a real sense of the way these communities were formed, how dependant they were upon other and willing to help each other when life was a very much slower pace and make-do was the norm.
Please take the time to visit and enjoy Coal Creek.

Visited June 2012
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