A restored Vintage Train Carriage located in Central Park serving up Dude food, lighter options and the BEST coffee!

In the beginning...

It all started a couple of years ago, a tender was put out to have a permanent food vendor set up shop in the brand new Central Park, the jewel in the Crown in the Shire of Collie’s Royalties for Regions funding application. 

The park boasts a kids water park, nature playground plus all the usual park play items, the Bendigo Bank Music Shell and the new Collie Art Gallery. Free BBQ’s and seating compliment the original gazebo in the eastern corner which was retained from the original design. On the western side of the park facing Forrest St, the main shopping strip, some blockwork appeared along with a set of railway tracks, this gave a clue as to what may appear!

Locals were hoping for something a little bit special, something original, not only in structure but also in food offerings. Proprietors Rachel & Emma tells us it was the plan all long to blend with and complement Collie’s strong rail heritage.

The wagon was originally in use in 1900’s. Loveling restored by family and the Collie Men’s Shed group and then converted to a cafe by Rachel & Emma in a contemporary style with funky vintage style lighting and decor it really is easy to see these girls have style.

The southern side of the wagon features a really clever ramp allowing great accessibility for people of all abilities and on the northern side steps and a deck bring you up to shop level to place an order.

The stroke of genius for many is the little buzzer thing that allows you to place your order then disappear off to enjoy Central Park whilst you wait for it to flash its lights and buz away to let you know your order is ready

The Food...

Did someone say Dude Food?

The menu at Wagon537 evolves and changes like most, but of late, we’ve been massive fans of the loaded Hot Dogs and the Wagon CheeseBurger. We’re not exactly sure what it is but we’re certain it’s the little things these guys do right that just hits you in the feels. Damn they’re good!

It’s not all hearty fare though, the Wagon crew offer up some seriously quick and tasty health conscious tucker too! 

Chose from wraps, toasties and Cold Pressed juices, Pulled Pork burgers or tackle the epic “Wagon Burger” 

 

The Coffee...

Like any Cafe worth their salt, coffee is the backbone of the operation. Haven’t got good coffee? Forget it!

Well just as luck would have it, these guys know good coffee! Their beans are roasted right here in the South west and sourced responsibly from the Margaret River Roasting Co. Choose from Espresso, Flat White, Latte, Cappuccino, Mocha, Macchiato, Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate, Baby Chinos plus a wide selection of teas!

Emma tells us the responsible business model fits right in with the Wagons mantra to keep their environmental impact low.

Future Focused...

Rachel and Emma like any new start up have ridden the rollercoaster of business but tell us they’re not losing sight of their mission to …”provide Collie and it’s visitors excellent coffee, compliment Central Park and keep our environmental impact low” Emma wraps up our chat by saying “…we’re forever grateful to our community for the on going support. It sounds cliche, but we’d be nowhere without the loyalty from our customers. Without their support, there would be no business, which means we couldn’t offer new jobs in town. We really want to see our town thrive. We’re seeing more and more tourists coming through the town – it’s amazing. We have so much to offer here in Collie, we’re very lucky!”

We reckon too Emma!

To keep up to date with what’s going on at Wagon537 or to find out more go to : facebook/wagon537

King Jarrah – King of the Forest

Royalty – Right here in the Collie River Valley!?

Only 25 minutes from the Collie CBD sits the King Jarrah Tree; the biggest tree in this forest. It sprouted a few hundred years ago before Captain Cook and his mates turned up.

How to get there

Take Mungalup Rd out of Collie and turn left onto King Tree Rd. Enjoy the well maintained unsealed road through the scenic forest.

You will find this forest giant at the end of the 45 m long board walk, where you can sit in complete silence, except for the bird song and gentle rustle of the wind in the trees.

King Jarrah is estimated to be between 300 and 500 year’s old and stands a majestic 36 m tall. It has survived bush fires, storms, lightening and insect attacks.

**King Jarrah is one of the few places we have visited where there has been not a scrap of litter to be seen. We would love to keep it that way. Please remember to take your litter home with you.

King Tree Road access.
Classic Aussie bush.
Discover King Jarrah!
King Jarrah himself.

Wheel chair friendly

With a small amount of assistance King Jarrah is accessible to people using a wheel chair or with limited mobility.

Please note; there are no toilets at this location. The nearest facilities (including disabled toilets) are located  at the Kiosk at the Dam in Wellington National Park, a 15 minute drive away.

We Ride the Sika Trail

Dual Use Trail

The Sika Trail is located in Wellington National Park 20 minutes west of Collie. It is a dual purpose trail, suitable for mountain bike riding and bush walking.

Starting at Kiosk at the Dam, it winds its way through some magnificent jarrah and marri bushland, passes Potters Gorge and finishes back at the kiosk, where you can relax with a cold drink and salad roll or hot coffee and delicious home baked cakes at the end of your ride.

The total trail is 10 km but could easily be broken into two separate sections. It took me about an hour and a half to ride the section from Wellington Dam Rd/Potters Gorge to the Kiosk and back again, stopping along the way to rest and take photos and enjoying a refreshing swim at the end of my ride.

The trail is rated as moderate difficulty. Allow 3-4 hours to complete the entire trail depending on your level of experience and fitness and if you are walking or cycling.

Trail Section.
Great views.
Spot for a rest.
Alfresco in the National Park

Network of Trails to Choose From

The trail is part of a network of trails in the Wellington National Park including the Jabitj and the Kurliiny Tjenangitj  that allow you to ride all the way from the Kiosk at the Dam and Potters Gorge to Honeymoon Pool. The famous Munda Biddi that starts in Mundaring near Perth and goes all the way to Albany on the south coast also passes through the area providing multiple options for walking and cycling adventures.

Don’t Own a Bike?

If you are keen to have a ride but do not own a suitable bike you can hire one from the Kiosk at the Dam or Crank’n Cycles in Collie

One Step Closer to RV FRIENDLY

With the installation of two new dump points, Collie is one step closer to becoming a fully RV Friendly town.

The free dump points are located at the Collie Visitor Centre and the long vehicle bay at the eastern entrance to town.

Long VehicleParking

There are several places around own where you can park long vehicles safely

  • Collie Visitor Centre at the western end of town
  • The long vehicle bay at the eastern end of town
  • The car park on the corner of Prinsep and Forrest Sts, near the lights – opposite Coles
  • On Johnston St, behind Coles

Public Toilets and Showers

You will find toilets and/or showers at the following locations

  • Collie Visitor Centre at he western end of town – toilets and showers
  • The long vehicle bay at the eastern end of town – toilets and showers
  • Central Park in the CBD on Forrest St – toilets only
  • On Throssell St, near Statin Motors Holden – toilets only

Drinking Water

Drinking water is available at the Collie Visitor Centre

Low Cost Camping

There are several options for low cost camping in town or close by that have plenty of room for large vans and motor homes

  • The Collie River Valley Tourist Park, right in town on Porter St is pet friendly. See their website for fees.
  • Stockton Lake is 10 km east of town and pet friendly. Site fees are $11 adults, $7 cons and $3 child.
  • Potters Gorge in another popular option just 20 mins west of Collie in the Wellington National Park. No pets. Booking online is essential. $11 adults, $7 cons and $3 child.
  • Honeymoon Pool is also in the National Park, but only suited to tents and small camper vans. No pets allowed. Book online. Fees as above.
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Stockton Lake
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Collie River Valley Tourist Park

Medical Facilities

We have a good variety  of medical facilities, including a modern refurbished hospital should the need arise

  • Collie River Valley Medical Centre, Harvey St 97344111
  • Collie Medical Group, Johnston St 97341233
  • Collie Hospital, Deakin St 97351333
  • Collie Terry White Pharmacy, Forrest St 9734 3700
  • Greg’s Pharmacy, Throssell St 97344446