Perhaps the Biggest & Best FREE kids playground around?

A gorgeous drive...

An incredibly scenic 35 minute drive into the neighbouring Shire of Donnybrook / Balingup brings us to the Apple Fun Park. Opened in 2018 – the park was (and may still be) the biggest free playground in Australia. A clear favourite for families in the region and it’s no wonder why. With a features list as long as your arm, it’s got something for kids of all ages and abilities. Fully fenced, parents can sit back and relax under the shaded shelters at the picnic tables flanked by free BBQ’s and a great coffee shop across the road.

Make no mistake, this is Orchard country and the road into town is stunning. Collie locals may well take it for granted to pop down to Donnybrook and pick up some fruit, straight from the Orchard in those cute little huts by the side of the road. Pop your money in the honesty box, pick up your fruit and get back on the road. Our pick is Athertons, but there’s plenty to choose from, most offering different fruit to the others so you may want to stop a few times!

It’s something pretty special  driving through the apple and stone fruit orchards in full blossom on a sunny day. Magic.

Fruit lovers aren’t the only ones treated along the road between the two towns. There’s a number of wineries too. Take your time, you may need all day!

 

When the tummies rumble...

It won’t be long and the little ones will be ready for some food after all that running, jumping and climbing all over the fun park. Lucky for us there are plenty of options available. The main street of Donnybrook is lined with cafes, bakeries and the Donnybrook Hotel. Our choice, the Donnybrook Snack Shack was directly opposite the park on Collins Street. We can vouch for the kids Fish & Chips $12 (huge) and a terrific regular coffee for me $4.90. We went back across to the park whilst we waited for our food and before we knew it the friendly lady who served us was crossing the street with our order! Now you can’t beat service like that!

Another great option for lunch is to make use of the many free BBQ’s on offer. With two units under each Shade Shelter there’s plenty of room to throw a few snags on. PRO TIP: Get there earlyish to beat the crowds on a sunny weekend. We arrived about 10am and by 11am it was getting busy with most of the picnic tables snapped up.

Well that’s another day trip completed. Stay tuned for more great ideas to keep you busy in the region. You never know where we’ll take you next. Suddenly that day trip to the Collie River Valley becomes a weekender, many come for a few days and need a week to fit it all in. For clean affordable accommodation whilst visiting we recommend The Colliefields hotel or if you prefer a cabin or have your own caravan / tent you can’t go past the Collie River Valley Tourist Park. See you soon!

Potters Gorge – Lakeside Camping

Potters Gorge is situated in the magnificent Wellington National Park, only two hours south of Perth and not far from the well known Honeymoon Pool. 

Plenty of room

Unlike Honeymoon Pool, Potters Gorge is a large, spacious camp ground with 54 individual sites and plenty of room for the biggest caravans and motor homes.

Some sites are designed with soft pads for tents. Many of the sites have views over the dam and they are all shaded by towering jarrah and marri trees. The road is sealed all the way to the campground.

Bookings are essential and can be made online at https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay Fees: Adults $11, Cons $7 and Child $3 per night.  (When booking you can see which sites can fit the larger vans and motor-homes)

Generators are allowed at certain times of the day, but why spoil the tranquility.

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Campfires

Each site has it’s own picnic table and fire pit. (Remember to check fire restrictions as they vary at different times of the year and huge penalties apply if you light fires at the wrong time)

Limited wood is provided and in the cooler months of year it is often wet, so you may like to bring some from home or grab a bag of dry wood at the nearby Kiosk at the Dam. (Check their Facebook page for open times.)

Recently redeveloped

Potters Gorge was revamped a couple of years back and boasts smart modern camp kitchens and gas BBQs. The toilets are the composting variety, but well maintained and impeccably clean.

Some of the toilets are designed to allow wheelchair access and nearby campsites are reserved for people with disabilities and mobility issues. See the map above for disabled faciities.

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Plenty to do

Boating, kayaking and swimming are allowed on the dam and the Currawong Pump (bike) Track is right next to the camp ground, so don’t forget to pack the kids bikes.

Several magnificent walks can be found in the park, including the Sika Trail that passes right by the campground and the Jabitj Trail that follows the river all the way to Honeymoon Pool.

Or just sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of the birds and the bush.

Go exploring

The Kiosk at the Dam serve fantastic light lunches and refreshments. While there don’t miss the opportunity to view the Dam from the lookout platform.

From the Kiosk, head down below the dam and cross the river. Watch out for the signs to Lennard Drive. There are four fantastic swimming and picnic spots along the drive; The Rapids, Big Rock, Little Rock and Long Pool, before you arrive at Honeymoon Pool. 

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When to visit

Potters Gorge is well worth a visit at any time of the year, but most popular in the summer months. It can get very busy on school holidays and long weekends but is often near deserted during the week. With the new booking system up and running it is easy to see if there are sites available and how busy it is likely to be.

Head into town

The scenic town of Collie is only a short drive away with Coles and Woolies open 7 days and 24 hour fuel. 

With 5 historic pubs, a country bakery and several stylish cafes you won’t have trouble finding somewhere for a tasty lunch or hearty dinner. See The Colliefields and Wagon 537 on our website

Don’t miss Collie Canvas and Camping World. they have the best range of camping equipment outside Perth.

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Browse the website and our Facebook page for heaps of fantastic activities for all the family, including great food and wine, history and art, tracks and trails.

We hope to see you soon, in the Collie River Valley.

The iconic Quindanning Hotel.

A long time favourite...

A long time favourite with our biking community along with others who enjoy a day trip to a destination pub on a sunny day. The Quindanning car park is often adorned with rows and rows of gleaming motorcycles. Their owners either standing around them chatting and inspecting each others rides, or they’re in the beer garden enjoying lunch.

But don’t think their clientele stops there. The “Quinny” as its known by many, is the go-to place on a sunny day. Blessed with a spacious outdoors area at the rear and front of the property there is always plenty of room to find your spot to while away the afternoon. 

Pouring their first beer in 1900, the building is steeped in history, with its long verandas, jarrah paneling and open wood fires, roaring in winter.  Less than an hour drive from the CBD along the scenic Collie-Williams road the Quinny really is a magic day trip from Collie. 

Visit the website to find out more about coming events, their menu and accommodation information.

www.quindanning.hotel.com.au

 

The famous Quindanning Beer Garden