Glen Mervyn Dam. Free waters edge camping that’s dog friendly!

Getting there and getting set up...

Glen Mervyn Dam is situated 20km south of the Collie CBD. The dam is popular with picnickers, campers and water skiers alike. The eastern side (highway side) is reserved for day use only. Perfect for a picnic and a swim, leaving the western side available for campers. To access the western side you take Best Road which is just prior to the main parking area. This unsealed access road features a small bridge taking you across a stream and into the forest. The first available camping areas are to your left soon after the bridge, they are waters edge and offer great views directly up the length of the dam. Well shaded by large trees and enough space for a large group or a few smaller groups.

Western Shore access road

You may continue on the access road a little further, keeping an eye out for your next left turn. Here you will be faced with a fork in the road. Take the left and it will lead you down a track to the first lot of campsites on the western banks.

The track has some erosion ruts but is accessible if you take your time and pick the best line. There are three separate campsites here. They are directly opposite the boat ramp and day visit area on the eastern shore.

Alternatively at the fork in the road, head right and follow the track for another few hundred meters to access the next few campsites. Here there is a large area that would suit many smaller camps or a few larger groups. Again the access road down to the sites has some erosion ruts but is accessible. At the time of our visit there was a family setting up a camper trailer on one of the sites. This area has the only supplied toilet facility at Glen Mervyn. BYO toilet paper is a must. If your site is too far from the toilets, please be responsible and dispose of your toilet paper in a bin bag to take home. Also there are no fire allowed at Glen Mervyn. So make sure you bring a camp stove.

Continue on the same access road and you will come across the sites on the south western shore adjacent to the dam wall. Being a free camp the facilities are basic. Everything you want or need must be brought in. And importantly, everything you bring in, you must take out with you again when you leave. There are no bins, so please practice responsible camping and follow the “Leave no Trace” philosophy. Overall Glen Mervyn was very tidy on the day of our visit, however we did still manage to collect quite a bit of rubbish to bring home. Some of the bush just adjacent to the sites are littered with toilet paper. Campers may not be aware but the world famous Bibbulmun hiking trail runs directly behind the campsites and over the dam wall. When we hiked this section of the trail a year ago it was covered in disposed toilet paper. It’s so bad in fact the Bibbulmun Track Foundation are actually considering re-aligning the trail away from Glen Mervyn due to the complaints from hikers having to wade through toilet paper on their hike. This would be a great shame as the sight of hiking along the shores of the dam are a true highlight in this section of the Bibbulmun and it would be a terrible loss if they were to deviate from it. 

Toilet facilities and Bibbulmun Track
Family and Pet Friendly Fun

What to do once you're here...

Aside from your standard camping fare, there are also plenty of activities to keep you and the family amused once you’ve set up camp. Fish and marron are stocked in the lake. You may be lucky enough to hook Redfin Perch, Rainbow or Brown Trout. A freshwater Angling License is required to fish at Glen Mervyn. More information about licensing requirements and catch limits you can go to www.fish.wa.gov.au

Marron are a prized freshwater crayfish. The Marron season is very short to protect numbers and the breeding cycle. The season runs from 12 noon 8th January – 12 noon 5th February annually. A recreational marron license is required and there are restrictions on the way you may catch the shellfish. Massive fines apply to those not abiding by the rules.

As previously mentioned the Bibbulmun Track which runs 1000km from Perth to Albany passes right through Glen Mervyn. You can follow the Yellow Wagyl markers placed on trees from the dam wall to the Mumballup Pub. It’s about an hour or so bushwalk and you’ll be well rewarded with a great meal, a cool drink and perhaps even some live music!

Fishing and Marroning information

Skiing information...

Water skiing is also a popular past time at Glen Mervyn Dam. Most weekends during the warmer months there will be a few boats enjoying some high speed thrills. There rules which ensure the safety of everyone at the campsite. 

There are signs displaying all relevant information and a map showing the limit of the ski area, information on the direction of skiing and info regarding the use of Jet Skis, speed limits etc.

Stones Brook – the ultimate intimate camping experience

Stones Brook is one of two lesser known camping spots in Wellington National Park, WA. (The other one is Gelcoat Rapids)

Stones Brook is located off River Rd about 150m from the Honeymoon Pool campground. It’s well signed and easy to find. 

There are 17 sites; all shaded and with their own picnic tables and seating. The sites on the left hand side of the road  are arranged along the creek, Stones Brook and are just a short walk back to Honeymoon Pool. There are composting toilets and a spacious campers kitchen including a sink,  gas cook top and BBQs.

The sites are marked A to Q

Unique secluded sites

But, the campsites on the right hand side of the road are just a little bit special. Each one has it’s own car park space just off the track and a short path into a very private, secluded camping space, surrounded by the natural bush. There is plenty of room for a modest size tent and your very own picnic table. Some even have a lovely timber deck.

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These sites have room for one car and a short path leading to a secluded campsite

Because these beautiful campsites are surrounded by trees, campfires are not allowed, even in the winter months, so you will need to bring your own gas fired cooking stove.

The toilets are about 100m away depending on which site you choose, so you may like to bring a camping toilet with you. Please don’t use the bush around you and spoil it for others.

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Your own little secluded bush hide away

Bookings are essential…

Bookings are essential and there is a map on the booking site to assist you select your site. There is little internet access in the park so it is advisable to book before you arrive.  https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay Because it is in a National Park you cannot take dogs with you unfortunately.

Head into town…

The town of Collie is only a short drive away and well worth a visit. The supermarkets are open 7 days a week to stock up on essential supplies and there are a variety of awesome places to eat. We can recommend The Colliefields for lunch or perhaps Wagon 537 for alfresco in Central Park. With several historic pubs to choose from for dinner there is no shortage of choice. If you are into authentic Thai food, 8 Thai Ladies is a favourite with the locals.

How to get there…

The road in is sealed all the way to the campground and well signed. Just take Wellington Dam Rd off the Coalfields Hwy and watch out for River Rd on your right. You will see the signs to Honeymoon Pool, Stones Brook and Gelcoat Rapids a few kilometres further on.

Gelcoat Rapids – Your very own river paradise

GELCOAT RAPIDS is a small secluded campground, nestled beneath the trees, just downstream from Honeymoon Pool, in Wellington National Park, WA just two hours south of Perth.

Group Camping

With room for just 7 tents it is perfect for small groups camping together. (There is no access for caravans or camper vans at this site) It can get busy, but if you avoid school holidays and long weekends, or visit mid week you could easily have the whole place to yourself.

Bookings

Modest fees apply and you must book online before arriving as internet service is limited in the park  https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay

Fires

Fires are allowed in designated fire places during the cooler weather. (Always check current fire restrictions before lighting a fire.) Some wood is provided, but it is often damp in the cooler weather so remember to pack some dry kindling or grab a bag at the Kiosk at the Dam on your way in.

Private river access

Access to the river is via a short path leading to a lovely private spot to launch the canoe or have a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.

Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the birds and the gentle breeze in the trees

The famous Honeymoon Pool is only a two minute walk away but with all this to your self you might just decide to stay put.

Explore

There are miles of river to explore in both directions.

You can paddle through quiet tree lined pools, shimmering with the reflections of the peppermint trees lining the river banks or head upstream and try your hand at some of the rapids. 

Tracks and Trails

Several magnificent trails can be accessed from this spot including the  Jabitj Trail (Hiking) and Kurliiny Tjenangitj Trails, The Sika Trail and the epic Munda Biddi. (Dual use – hike or bike)

Bike Hire

If you don’t have your own bikes or don’t have room in the car to bring them down, you can hire bikes from the Kiosk at the Dam or Crank’n Cycles In Collie

Head into town

The town of Collie is only a short drive away with 7 day supermarkets and 24 hour fuel. Grab a coffee at Wagon 537 or a bite to eat at The Colliefields. Be sure to check out Collie Canvas and Camping World while you are there for all the latest camping gadgets and equipment.

For a small fee, you can freshen up with a hot shower at the Collie Visitor Centre before heading to the shops.

Experience the Tranquility of Honeymoon Pool

HONEYMOON POOL in the Wellington National Park is one of the best known swimming and camping spots in WA, having repeatedly been voted amongst Australia’s finest.

Situated a couple of hours south of Perth it makes a great weekend or midweek getaway. 20 shady campsites are nestled amongst the weeping peppermint trees on the banks the Collie River below Wellington Dam.

 

Bookings are essential…

Honeymoon Pool is extremely popular and gets quite busy during school holidays and long week ends. In the past it was common for people to drive all the way down from Perth only to find the entire campground full.

But all that has changed with the new online booking system. You can now book and pay for your site before you even leave home.

Site fees are charged per person, per day. $11 per adult, $7 cons and $3 per child daily.

To make a booking go to Explore Parks WA  and enter the name of the site you want to book. You can download a map to assist with site selection. 

The campground is accessible via a new sealed road. Take Wellington Dam Road off the Coalfields Hwy and watch out for the Honeymoon Pool turnoff.

Local tip:- Visit midweek or in the cooler weather and have the campground all to yourself! 

Lovely shaded camp sites right by the river bank

 

About the campground…

The campsites are all shaded by graceful, weeping peppermint trees and many of them are directly on the edge of the river. They are suitable for tents and small campers only. (If you like the luxury of a bigger van you will love the nearby Potters Gorge or Stockton Lake 10 kms east of Collie town site.) 

Most sites have their own picnic tables and wood fire places but it is a good idea to bring a portable gas cooker as fire restrictions apply at certain times of the year. Communal gas fired BBQs  are available as well.

Flushing toilets are provided but no showers and unfortunately because it is a National Park no pets are allowed.  

Honeymoon Pool is ideal for swimming and kayaking

 

What to do once you’re there…

Swim in the pool! The water temperature can be quite cold but that doesn’t seem to stop most people from enjoying a good refreshing swim.

The stretch of river flowing past the campsite is perfect for kayaking and if you want a bit more of a thrill there are several sections of rapids further upstream.

Or perhaps check out some of the walking trails that begin in the camp ground? Choose from the Jabitj Trail that follows the river all the way to the Kiosk at the Dam, The Kurliiny Tjenangitj that climbs high above the valley to a lookout or the Sika Trail that loops around past the Kiosk and Potters Gorge camp site. 

Go exploring along Lennard Drive and find your own special swimming spot. Choose from The Rapids, Big Rock, Little Rock or Long Pool. Local tip:- At the Rapids, follow the trail past the toilets to a lovely secluded pool.

Head into town. The town of Collie is only a short drive away and has all the classic amenities, including 7 day supermarkets, a country bakery, 5 historic pubs and several stylish cafes. Central Park is popular especially if you have children and the free water park is a definite winner. 

The Visitor Centre offers hot showers if you need to freshen up before hitting the town.

Collie Canvas and Camping World are well worth a visit, for the enormous range of camping equipment on offer and the fantastic friendly service.

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Wagon 537 is conveniently located in Central Park
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Central Park Water Playground is a winner on warm days
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The Colliefields are known for their great coffee and atmosphere

 

And at the end of the day you can just sit back and relax with your favorite cold beverage and watch the colours of the pool change from blues to golden browns and greens.

Collie River Valley Tourist Park – The perfect base to explore the Collie River Valley

Located just over 2 hours south of Perth WA, Collie River Valley Tourist Park is the perfect base to explore the region. Whether you seek the tranquility of a secluded swimming spot, the challenge of a hiking or mountain bike trail or the thrill of high energy motor sports you are only a stones throw away while staying at the park.  All this in a town full of history and fantastic dining experiences. Sound interesting? Then read on!

About the park…

The park is spacious with 80 odd sites and is in a beautiful, quiet bush setting. Some of the caravan bays come with shade shelters and the tents sites are secluded and private. There are a number of onsite cabins available with everything provided, including clean fresh linen. All the toilets, showers and laundries have been recently refurbished and are kept immaculately clean. There is a fantastic all weather campers kitchen including cooking facilities, tables and chairs, pots, frying pans, even crockery. Just bring your own food. It even comes with a big tele, pool table, dart board and kiddies toys corner. Adjacent to the kitchen is a modern BBQ and gazebo area.

Pets are welcome too!

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Onsite cabins

Pitch ‘n Pack

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Tents for 1 - 4 people are also available

Fancy camping but don’t have all the gear? Or just don’t need the hassle of packing it all in the car!

No worries. The staff at the Park will set up their tent or camper trailer for you, so within a few minutes of arriving you will be sitting back relaxing with a nice cold drink in hand. After all that’s what you came for, isn’t it?

You can choose between tents suitable for up to four people or a camper trailer that will sleep up to six.

Each set up comes with stretcher beds and mattresses, table and chairs and access to the fully equipt campers kitchen. Just bring your own bedding and towels.

 

About the town…

Established in the late 1800s after the discovery of coal,  the town still has many of the original, magnificent old buildings, including several well preserved historic pubs, where you can indulge in a typical pub meal washed down with your favourite beverage.

The old Road Board Building opposite the Visitor Centre now houses a fantastic museum and if you are into trains check out the steam engines at the Visitor Centre and the Bill Weirs Rolling Stock Shed on Forrest St.

While you are at the Visitor Centre, ask about a tour of the Replica Underground Coal Mine.

 

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Premier Hotel, built 1901 - Collie Town Centre

What to do…

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Enjoy some fine food and wine

SAMPLE SOME GOOD FOOD AND WINE

Collie boasts a wide choice of excellent cafes and restaurants, each with their own unique style and menu.

Harris River Estate Winery  is only 5 kms from town,  but if a country pub and cold beer are more your style you are not short for choice.

You can also choose from a variety of cuisines including Western, Chinese, Indian and Thai.

TRACKS N TRAILS There are numerous  mtb trails accessible from Collie, including the  Wagyl Biddi in town and  the Arklow Trails on Harris River Road. (Rays, Dead Cats and Marty’s)

The long distance Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Tracks pass through town and are ideal for short single day hikes or longer adventures.

Wellington National Park is home to the Mt Lennard MTB Trails and a series of walk trails that follow the river or climb high above the valley. (JabitjKurliiny Tjenangi and Sika Trails)

Bike hire is available from the caravan park.

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The Rock Pile on Marty's Trail
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Honeymoon Pool, Wellington National Park

FIND A PICNIC OR SWIMMING SPOT Only a stones throw from the caravan park, Minninup Pool is a firm favourite with locals for a swim or picnic.

No holiday in Collie is complete without a swim in the azure blue waters of the popular Black Diamond or the less known Stockton Lake

Wellington National Park is home to several fantastic swimming spots including Potters Gorge and Honeymoon Pool, frequently voted one of the top swimming spots in Australia. Or explore Lennard Drive and find your own secluded spot. Local tip: Check out the pool above the rapids.

GRAB SOME ACTION AT THE COLLIE MOTORPLEX 

Only 15 mins east of Collie and with 1.6 km of bitumen race track, the action is fast and furious. Car racing, motorbike racing, drift events and burnout competitions every weekend of the year.

Entry is free for most events and the canteen prices are very reasonable making it a great family day out without breaking the bank

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Always plenty of fantastic looking machines at Collie Motorplex
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Donnybrook Apple Fun Park - Photo, Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council

VENTURE FURTHER AFIELD

Take a drive to Donnybrook, the home of the Lady Williams apple and the incredible Apple Fun Park .  It is the biggest, free entry playground in Australia and will keep the kids busy for hours. Don’t forget to stop at the Fruit Barn or one of the road side stalls and purchase some delicious local fruit in season.

Gnomesville, King Jarrah and the lovely Ferguson Valley wineries and breweries are all within 45 minutes of your accommodation and offer several options to sample some good food and wine and a great day out!

Sold…?

Patrick and Lorna will be your hosts and you can give them a call on 9734 5088 to book your site or cabin

Or check out prices and book through the website at http://www.colliecaravanpark.com.au/

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

HONEYMOON POOL – Winter Wonderland

After all the rain we have had Honeymoon Pool is looking a treat. Everything is covered with the most amazing green moss and fungi and looks like something out of a wonderland movie set.

It’s too cold for swimming but there are plenty of other activities to keep everyone busy and you are likely to have most of the campsite to your self at this time of year.


Walk Trails

The weather is perfect for hiking at the moment, so why not try one of the trails that pass through the park?


Kurliiny Tjenangitj

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Photo:Ashley Cooper-Grant
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The view across the valley from the lookout

The Kurliiny Tjenangitj starts at Honeymoon Pool and follows the river upstream before winding its way up the hillside to a lookout, with views right across the river valley and to the distant hills.


Jabitj Trail

Or perhaps the Jabitj Trail that follows the river all the way to the Kiosk at the Dam?

There is a whole network of trails, including the epic Munda Biddi that you can use to make your own adventure. Why not take the Jabitj Trail to the Kiosk and then come back along the Sika and Munda Biddi? Check out the map for more ideas.
Some of the trails are dual walking and mountain bike so don’t forget to pack the bikes.


All Day Campfires

Or maybe just relaxing by the campfire.

You can have a campfire all day at this time of year. There’s nothing like sitting around a roaring campfire till late into the evening, toasting marshmallows and watching the dancing flames

Bacon and eggs for breakfast, sausage sizzles for lunch and something in the camp oven for dinner. 

Limited firewood is provided, so you might like to bring some from home or grab some from The Kiosk at the Dam. 

And don’t forget you need to book your camp-site online before you arrive if you plan on staying overnight.

https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay

 


Hit The Town!

The town of Collie is only a short drive away and the Visitor Centre will be able to give you plenty of ideas of things to do in town and great places to eat. The underground coal mine and museum are very popular and great indoor activities for this time of year. The Visitor Centre also offer hot showers if you want to freshen up before hitting the town after a couple of days camping out.

 

Camping or Glamping – We’ve got You Covered

When you walk into Collie Canvas and Camping World the first thing you notice is the massive range of camping equipment on the shelves and lining the walls. Then you get that big country Hello that is so lacking in city stores these days.

 

A big friendly, 'Hello!'

Kaylene and Gary Evans have been running the store for over 26 years and have built up a vast knowledge of everything camping. They take pride in offering outstanding service to their customers and as a result people come from miles around to purchase the latest camping gadgets and equipment.

 

Camping

Whether you like to travel light and sleep in a swag with the basics or go for the whole glamping thing with all the mod cons, they will get you sorted in no time. They have a vast range of tents and bedding, fridges and eskies, tables and chairs, Webbers and gas stoves, chemical toilets and ensuite tents…….

 

What they don’t have you probably don’t need anyway!

 

What they don’t have you probably don’t need anyway.


Trail Friendly

For many years they have catered for the many trail users that pass through Collie during the cooler months. With both the Bibbulmun Track and the Munda Biddi passing close to town Collie Canvas and Camping World is the perfect stop for a replacement bottle of gas or some freeze dried trail food. While you are there you can check out the latest Jetboil cookers, grab some thermal underwear to protect against the colder southern mornings or an extra pair of thick trail socks. They also have a range of hiking packs suitable for day use or long hikes and everything you will need to set yourself up for your own epic walking or riding adventure. 

 


Butchering

Sausage making is a bit of a tradition in Collie and every year the locals call in for their supplies, with everything from knives to sausage making machines, fresh sausage skins and seasonings, vacuum sealers and freezer bags on offer.


Fishing and Ammunition Supplies

They also carry a range of fishing rods, lures and tackle and a wide range of ammunition and shooting accessories.


Canvas

Gary is the canvas specialist. He manufactures and repairs anything from ute canopies and tool bags to patio blinds and awnings. Industrial canvas and PVC products are custom made to your requirements.

So where will you find them?

The store is easily located on the corner of Prinsep and Johnston Sts; just look for the big green building down from the traffic lights.

 

They are also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/colliecanvasandcamping

 

And when you call in, don’t forget to let them know that you found them on #visitcollie

 
Just look for the big green building

STOCKTON LAKE – Waterside camping at it’s best

A couple of weekends ago I decided I should make good use of the lingering fine weather, knowing that winter will arrive eventually, so I threw some camping gear in the car and headed out to Stockton Lake 10 km east of Collie.

I didn’t have anyone to look after my old mate Dusty, so he came too. Yep, that’s right; dogs are welcome as long as they are on a lead. The first thing you will notice when you arrive is the incredible blue of the lake. It’s an old coal mine and the water is crystal clear. Rimmed with white limestone cliffs, it is stunningly attractive, with the water sparkling iridescent blue in the sunlight. 


Waterside Camping

There weren’t very many people there so we were able to get a waterside spot. Yep that’s right; step right out of your tent or caravan only a few metres from the water’s edge. It was too cold for swimming this time, although that didn’t stop Dusty and a few young blokes showing how brave (or crazy) they were. Water skiing is allowed and in the warmer months there is usually a boat or two zipping around the lake with some pretty spectacular displays of ability and a good measure of shrieks and giggles from kids (and grownups) being dragged around on tubes and anything else that floats.

(We’ve had a couple of very dry seasons and the water level in the lake is pretty low, so it is closed for skiing at the moment. We’ll let you know when it is re-opened)


Magic Sunsets

At the end of the day, as the sun dips below the horizon, the deep blue fades and the lake’s surface reflects the colours of the sunset in a magic display of pink and gold.


Toasty Campfires

In the cooler months you are allowed to have a campfire, so we made good use of the opportunity to cook dinner over the fire and sit and watch the flames until sleepiness took over and we crawled into the tent. It was jolly cold and got down to about 2 degrees, but three doonas kept us warm and snug. There is a sign at the entrance telling you when you are allowed to have a campfire.


Misty Mornings

When we climbed out of the tent in the morning we were greeted with the site of the lake shrouded in mist and the glow of the rising sun breaking through the white. As the mist rose, it revealed the incredible blue of the surface of the lake, creating some stunning opportunities for photographs.


Plenty of Room

The campground is huge and sprawls around the edges of the lake. There’s plenty of room for the biggest motorhomes and caravans without the need for fancy reversing skills, to get a good spot. With no set bays, it’s ideal if you are travelling with friends and want to set up together. 

There are two blocks of toilets on the southern and eastern sides of the lake, but no showers or power. Generators are allowed; if you must.

Camping fees are very modest; $8 for adults, $6 cons and $3 for kids 6 and over. The friendly ranger comes around each day to collect the camping money.

It gets really busy on long weekends and summer holidays but other times and during the week you can often have the whole place to yourself.


What More Could You Want?

While you are in the area, don’t miss a visit to Collie Canvas and Camping World. 

You don’t very often find a camping shop like this outside the city. Their range is huge and the staff are really friendly and helpful. Just look for the big green building down from the traffic lights.

 

If you need supplies, there are two major supermarkets and a variety of specialty stores in the town of Collie. 

It also boasts numerous places to grab a bite to eat. A couple of our favourites in the colder weather are The Colliefields on the main street or Harris River Estate Winery, just 5km north of town on Harris River Road. Both have big warm fires to keep out the winter chill and that typical relaxed country atmosphere.

Harris Estate Winery
The Colliefields


How to Get There?

If you are travelling from Perth, you can turn off the SW Hwy at Wokalup and follow Mornington Rd through the hills as an alternative to the Coalfields Hwy. It’s a lovely winding country road, weaving its way through farmland and forest. Check out the google map below as there is a tricky dog leg in the road and we don’t want you getting lost out there.

Follow the signs into Collie and then take the Coalfields Hwy towards Darkan. 10 km east of Collie you will see Piavannini Road and the big blue sign to Stockton Lake. If you cross the railway line you have gone too far. The road is sealed all the way to the campground.

For more ideas of things to do and see in the Collie River Valley check out our Facebook Page or browse the blogs on our website.

Holiday Shenanigans – check these ideas out!

It’s school holiday time again and thoughts of what to do to keep the kids occupied. We have four great holiday ideas to keep them busy for hours and have them sleeping soundly at the end of the day!

CURRAWONG PUMP TRACK

Currawong Pump Track - Potters Gorge, Wellington National Park

The Currawong Pump Track is located near the Potters Gorge Campground in Wellington National Park just two hours south of Perth, WA and only half an hour inland from Bunbury. The purpose built track is suitable for riders of all abilities and makes a great holiday activity for the kids. It will keep them amused for hours while you relax nearby or even ride a loop or two yourself.  So if you are camping in the region, don’t forget to pack the bikes!

All that activity is going to make everyone hungry! Picnic tables and BBQs are provided for you to cook up a feast to fill those hungry tummies. 

The day use car park is around to the right on the way in and there are clean long drop toilets provided. 

 

You can even camp right next to the track! Adults $11, Concession $7 and Children $3 per night. With so much to do in the area you could easily fill several days. Browse the posts on our website or Facebook page for more ideas or stop in at the Collie Visitor Centre. 


CENTRAL PARK IN THE CBD

This new modern Nature Play style playground is the centre piece of the new Collie Town Centre. It’s a definite favourite with both locals and visitors. There’s plenty of green grass to run around on and an array of fun and challenging play equipment to test skill and endurance.  They are sure to use up all that holiday energy they seem to have so much of.  Plus ample, shaded seating for the grown-ups and several food outlets nearby to keep everyone refueled, refreshed and on the go. It’s even got a free water playground to cool off in when the weather is warm enough.

Free Water Playground
Central Park Playground


REPLICA UNDERGROUND COAL MINE AND COALFIELDS MUSEUM

Once inside The Replica Mine it looks and feels like you are really underground. The guided tours are taken by retired miners with a wealth of knowledge and stories that bring the experience to life. The kids will be enthralled for ages. Hear them talk about the horses they worked with underground and the challenging conditions they faced. See the old hand held drills and other equipment that was used to mine the coal. Quite different to the modern machines used today.

The replica coalmine is attached to the Collie Visitor Centre and costs $5 for adults and $2 for children. Contact the Visitor Centre for tour times. They can often arrange a tour at a time to suit your group.

 

If you are on a tight holiday schedule, you can take a self-guided tour. There are plenty of interpretive panels and TV screens providing a peek into the past.

Replica Underground Coal Mine
Coalfields Museum

The Coalfields Museum, located in the old Road Board building, has recently had a make-over and is looking fantastic. The museum staff and volunteers have uncovered treasures they didn’t know they had, hidden away in boxes and store rooms. These items have now been catalogued, cleaned and displayed for visitors to marvel at. I have to admit to being a bit of a museum fan but I have never seen such an extensive collection as this. It includes the Golden Crust Bakery horse drawn delivery cart and the original Geldert and Sons truck. It was one of the first trucks to operate in Collie. There is early mining equipment and household items. There is even a typewriter with the last letter it was used for still in the machine!

Don’t forget to ask the staff for a treasure hunt sheet to keep the kids busy.

The museum is open Thursday to Monday and costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

You will find it just across the road from the Visitor Centre on Throssell St at the western entrance to town.

 

 

 

Rummaging around a Museum can be thirsty work but never fear because we have several great places to grab a bite to eat and something to drink. The ever popular McDonalds is located on the main street, but if you want something a little more upmarket we can recommend The Colliefields across the road.  They serve the most amazing meals, desserts and cakes to die for. They have milkshakes in 22 different flavours and the most decadent iced coffees and shakes you have ever seen. Soon everyone will be ready to tackle the next adventure. 

 

SOLDIERS PARK AND THE SKATE PARK

Soldiers Park is a serious kid’s playground in the middle of a large grassy area on the banks of the river. With swings and slides and bridges and tubes to test their balance and nerve they will play for hours. At the end of the day they are sure to be ready for a good nights sleep. There’s room to kick a ball and some serious concrete paths to ride a bike or trike. Bring a picnic or use the BBQs and stay for the day.

Soldiers Park Playground

 

The bigger kids will just love the nearby Skate Park. The Park incorporates a tight bowl and a number of other technical features for them to test their skills on. Bring a bike, skateboard or scooter and they will spend hours showing off to each other. It’s sure to be a holiday to tell the kids back at school about.

 

Collie Skate Park