Wonthaggi is an ocean side town found 132 kilometers south east of Melbourne by means of the South Gippsland and Bass Highways, in the Bass Coast Shire of Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Known initially for its coal mining it is presently the biggest town in South Gippsland, a territorial territory with broad tourism, hamburger and dairy industries. The name "Wonthaggi" is an Australian Aboriginal name signifying "home" from the Bunurong.It was utilized in the zone some time before 1 August 1910 when the town was established.
The Bunurong native individuals were overseers of this stretch of drift for a huge number of years preceding white settlement. The Boakoolawal family lived in the Kilcunda territory south of the Bass River, and the Yowenjerre were west of the Tarwin River along what is currently the Bunurong Marine and Coastal Park. Middens containing charcoal and shellfish stamp the area of their campgrounds along the drift.
Coal was found by adventurer William Hovell at Cape Paterson in 1826, and was along these lines mined from the Powlett River fields in the locale, somewhere in the range of 1859 and 1864. Anyway transporting the coal by whale watercraft through the surf to bigger boats secured seaward demonstrated expensive and hazardous and mining movement was before long diminished. The beach front sands off Wonthaggi at times reveal the remaining parts of boats destroyed along the drift.