The Della Bus

The only way to get around.

Today, we may take getting around for granted, but how did people do it before cars were owned by almost everyone?

The Della Bus

Only a few decades ago in Collie the only way, other than walking, was the Della bus. Joe Dellavidova, a migrant from Northern Italy, started up a thriving carrier and bus company in Collie back in the early 1930s. The bus in the Coalfields Museum was one of his, a 1939 International, which has just received a major refurbishment and is now back on display in the museum.

The kerosene tin!

Joe and his crew shuttled all the miners to and from their jobs at the collieries in and around Collie, pensioners rode on mystery tours, children went to school and all the ladies in Collie took a Della bus to get the shopping. Locals called it the “kerosene tin”.
Old Joe even made sure that patrons to Collies two cinemas made it on time for the show, then got them home again. It was pretty much a door to door service.
The service faded, as cars became more common in the late 1950’s.
Do you remember riding in the Della bus?

You will find the Della bus at the Coalfields Museum, 161 Throssell Street, opposite the Collie Visitor Centre. 




TraaVerse is a brand new local business offering trail transfers, kayak and SUP hire and small group tours.

Trail Transfers LR

Shuttle Service

If you are planning to hike or ride a section of the Bibbulmun or Munda Biddi Tracks, TraaVerse can arrange pick up or drop off to your start or end points. They have the capacity to carry four passengers, bikes and packs etc.

Or if you are heading down to ride the #collietrails and don’t want to leave your car in the middle of no where, TraaVerse will pick you up at your accommodation, drop you off at the trails and pick you up at the end of your ride.

Wellington NP is home to some amazing one way walking trails, such as the Jabitj and Wiilman Bilya Trails. TraaVerse Shuttle Service can pick you up at the end of your walk and take you back to your car or you can leave your car at the end of the walk and get TraaVerse to drop you off at the start.

Kayak and Paddle Board Hire

With literally miles of rivers and lakes to explore, why not hire a kayak or SUP for the day?

Small Group Tours

TraaVerse also offer small group tours of all the best places in the Collie River Valley in luxury 4WD comfort.

Visit the famous blue lakes, Black Diamond and Stockton Lake.

Explore Lennard Drive , Wellington National Park and take a dip in a secluded river pool, including the famous Honeymoon Pool or less known Long Pool.

Check out Wellington Dam from the lookout, followed by some scrumptious treats at the Kiosk at the Dam. 

Or kick back at Potters Gorge and enjoy a refreshing swim in stunning surroundings.

Bookings and Contact

To book in your shuttle service, tour or kayak/paddle board hire contact Simone or Dion on 0417 654 426