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“Still can't believe it's free!”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Still can't believe it's free!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Trying to keep two teenagers amused is not always an easy task. We saw a sign that advertised Coal Creek having free entry so we figured we didn't have anything to lose... Best decision of the holidays! In many ways Coal Creek is a less commercial version of Sovereign Hill. There are lots of interesting, historical buildings to explore on a picturesque site. The general store sells well priced goods and the cafe, lovely food. Of course there are things that could be done to improve this attraction but I can't see how any of these would be possible without charging admission. This attraction survives on the hard work and generosity of volunteers to maintain and staff the site so not all buildings were open when we visited. Regardless of this, there was more than enough to keep our family entertained for the day.

4 Thank Aussiewithkids
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CoalCreek, Manager at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
HI Aussie with kids
Thank you for taking the time to review Coal Creek Community Park & Museum. I will forward your wonderful comments on to our volunteers and staff.

Rowena Ashley
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English first
Gippsland, Vic
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“1st visit as an adult”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

Great variety of historical buildings and truly appreciated all the work the volunteers put into maintaining this little gem. Was there on business but will make sure I return soon for a family day trip.

Visited July 2012
3 Thank not-milking-the-cows
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Melbourne, Australia
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61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Good as-is, lots of potential”
3 of 5 bubbles 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
3 Thank jstosh
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“history buffs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

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

Visited September 2011
2 Thank NannaBarb_12
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
1 Thank tekrub
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