Hardly any traffic, and definitely no crowds!
A little east of Collie, on the edge of the wheatbelt sit places you’ve never heard of, like Bowelling, Duranillin and Moodiarrup. They’ve kept a secret from us for years – it’s called Lake Towerrinning and its glorious!
We leave Collie from Throssell Street and head out of town, within 20 minutes we come across Tourist Shovel #6. This is a huge digging machine used by Westfarmers Premier Coal before it was retired, refurbished and parked alongside the highway adjacent to the Premier mine, it’s worth a stop – there is an interesting information board to read over which documents its history and the history of mining in the Collie region. Back on the highway we come across a right turn, the Bowelling – Duranillin Rd. It’s a beautiful day for a drive and the scenery is magic. The bush is alive with wildflowers and a vivid shade of green after a wet winter. After about 20 minutes at the end of this road, we turn right at the intersection following the signs to the lake.
It's a Big lake!
This massive, freshwater lake is 256ha in size and is popular with water skiers, bird watchers, campers and swimmers. The day we visited there wasn’t a cloud in the sky but there was a stiff breeze off the water keeping everything cool.
The long shaded car park offers impressive views of the water below. A well maintained strip of lawn features multiple BBQ units along with complimentary picnic tables and gazebos. A fenced in kids playground is a great addition as is a new toilet block at the opposite end. Two sets of steps lead down to the waters edge.
As mentioned earlier, it was quite windy during our visit so the water was a little choppy, but it was clear and clean looking. There are caution signs at the entrance to the lake with information regarding bacteria and health issues under certain circumstances.
At the water’s edge there are two long jetties that protrude out into the lake. A few kids are wetting a line in the hopes of a big catch, we hear a ski boat roar to life and soon after we spot it towing a couple of rubber rings piloted by some lucky children around the water.
After a well earned picnic lunch and a laze on the grass under the shady trees with the dogs, we pack everything up and make our way back to Collie. As we leave we notice the caravan and camping information. If you’d like to know more about staying at Lake Towerrinning visit : www.lakesidecamping.com.au
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