Beaconsfield mine becomes tourist destination

The Beaconsfield Mine, site of the 2006 disaster, has been opened to the general public.

The northern Tasmanian mine has now been made a tourist attraction thanks to federal and local government investment totalling more than $440,000, ABC reported.

The facility, owned by West-Tamar Council, is expected to boost tourist numbers in the region, which already tops 2.1 million visitors per year and is worth $500 million to the local economy.

The mine became the centre of national and global and media attention in 2006 when a collapse left miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell trapped a kilometre underground for two weeks with their deceased colleague Larry Knight.

Mine site manager Sharon Sikkema said tourists can visit the personnel lift, see the miners changerooms, and climb the headframe.

"Most people remember that and they remember Todd and Brant tagging off the tag board and coming out from under the big headframe," she said.

"So now the opportunity to climb that, at least part of the way, people will find that really really interesting."

Brant Webb said he was unlikely to go inside the lift, which he has not entered since leaving it after his rescue.

"I'll probably stand on the outside and have a look in, it's one of those things where smell's our major sensor and it's one of those things that will bring back a lot of memories so I'd rather not," he said.

The Beaconsfield mine was closed in 2012, when owner BCD Resources explained that it was not viable to mine below the depth of 1210 metres.

Australian Mining visited Beaconsfield in 2013 to pictorially document the historic town after the closure of the gold mine.

Image: AFP

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