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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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We more or less stumbled on this, not really knowing what to expect. What we found was a great historical village, artificially created but using real period buildings and mining artefacts removed from other locations. You can ride a train, feed the ducks, eat in the cafe, or buy souvenirs, but for me the best things were visiting all the buildings, especially the historic railway station and train, and talking with the knowledgable volunteers who can be found in many of the most interesting places.

This place would be fun and educational for any family who will take an interest, or any school class. Take a picnic, spend at least half a day, this is a hidden gem. Don't miss it. And it's free entry!

2  Thank unkleE
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Coal Creek is good and have been a few times with the family, and it is a great little living museum full of rich history. It is enough to spend half a day there, and the volunteers are very friendly. Unfortunately, funding appears to be too little, and as such, it appears that the volunteers do a lot with a tiny budget, and it would be nice if they had the funds to give the place a good spit an polish to do little things like fix the upholstery on the train. We always give a donation, and recommend that all visitors do. We do not mind going to the cafe, even if just for a tea, as we always get great service, and know that the profit is going towards something good.

2  Thank Nathan S
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Free entry, friendly staff, unforgettable experience, what more could you ask for? Coal Creek Community Park and Museum is a great way to spend the day for anyone, young and old! Feeding the ducks, stopping by in the cafe and riding the train is a must. We mustn't forget the beautiful, old buildings as well, with elaborate displays of life in the 'olden days', and the countless amount of information available.The park also hosts many activities including a Halloween event (apple-bobbing, best dressed prizes, disco, lollies to collect, jumping castles) an Easter Egg Hunt, Ghost Tours and others which you are able to view on their website, which I have listed. If you are travelling in the area, it is definitely worth the stop at Coal Creek, you'll regret it if you don't!

2  Thank Anonymous475
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

we had a great time with our daughter (8) son (3.5) very friendly staff, nice coffee & free entry!! well worth it & less than 1 hour from Berwick!

1  Thank amywhitney1020
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Visited today (Saturday 22 June 2013), and almost had the the place to ourselves in the afternoon. The volunteers were all incredibly generous with their time and info provided - Jim in the courthouse/ANZAC room/mine exhibit was great, as were the ladies in the general store (get them to show you how the money used to be sent to the cashier in days gone by); Ann doing the burnt art craft (incredible); and the ladies in the wool spinning shop. Previous advice re wet weather shoes in winter months is good - a walk down to the far end involves dodging a few puddles. Keep you eyes out for the cheeky emu called Pat - you'll know him when you see him (especially if you have any food near the balastrade of the cafe - a small girl who was leaving with her family just as we arrived had lost her sandwich to this cheeky bird). All in all, a very pleasant afternoon which we easily spent 2 and a half hours, only leaving because they close at 4pm. We travelled with a six and a half year old who loved it and is keen to return. The train was not running today - perhaps check in advance if this is a deal breaker for you - but we coped just fine.

1  Thank Alistair H
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