A cheap easy method to clean a cast iron camp oven

Top Camping Hacks 3

I was recently given a collection of very neglected cast iron cookware.

They had been left sitting out in the weather for at least two winters and were in pretty bad shape.

I experimented with several methods to clean them and the easiest by far was vinegar.

Removing the rust

Soak the pot in cheap white vinegar. White vinegar is higher in acetic acid than brown or malt vinegar, hence it works best. The acid in the vinegar reacts with the metal leaving the pot clean and rust free.

This pot had spent the last two winters sitting out in the rain and was in pretty bad shape.
Place the pot in a container just a little bit bigger than your pot, cover it completely with cheap vinegar and leave it there for about 48 hours.

Wash the pot

Some people say you should not wash your pot in soapy water as the pores in the metal will absorb the soap. The pot does not have pores like a sponge. Under a microscope the pot is not perfectly smooth even when new. It has what looks like scratches and small indentations. As long as it is rinsed well, the pot will not absorb the washing up detergent and taste soapy.

This is the same pot after 24 hours. You don't need to do any rubbing or scrubbing at all. How easy is that!
Take it out and give it a good wash with soapy water. (If it still isn't clean, just pop it back into the vinegar for a bit longer.)

Re seasoning

Seasoning is a process where the pot is coated with a thin layer of cooking oil and heated until the oil polymerizes and chemically changes to form a hard coating. You know the brown substance that forms on the outside of your frying pans? That is the same substance we want to coat the camp oven with to protect it.

After washing, immediately coat with cooking oil and wipe off excess with a clean rag. Your pot is now bare metal and will rust quickly if it is not oiled straight away.
Place in a hot oven until a little blue smoke is coming off the pot. Repeat the process with a second coat of oil and heat again. The pot should not feel sticky. If it does, just put it back in the oven for a bit longer.
Your pot is now seasoned and will not rust. Seasoning will also help prevent food from sticking to the pot or fry pan.

How to care for your pot after re seasoning

Treat it like Teflon cookware and don’t use harsh abrasive cleaning methods. I usually wipe out excess food and oil with a paper towel and wash in hot soapy water and rinse well.

Each time you use it give it another thin coat of oil, wipe off the excess and heat in the oven or over the fire. Be careful heating it over the fire because a fire can get much hotter than your oven and your coating will burn off.

Some people say washing it with soap will remove the coating and make the pot rust. If it has been seasoned correctly there is no way normal dish detergent will effect the coating.

If you burn the pot while cooking in it, don’t despair. Scrub it clean and simply apply another coating of oil to repair the seasoning.

Other methods

There are other methods you can use and some of them  are just as effective. Using a wire brush on a drill is quicker but can leave deep scratches in your pot and make it more difficult to create an even coating of seasoning.

I have heard of people successfully using one part molasses to nine parts water and soaking the pot in the same way as the vinegar method.

A lot of people told me Coke worked and I experimented with both regular and Diet Coke, but after four days my pot looked no different, so I gave up on that one.

After posting this method on Facebook a lot of people commented that they oil their cast iron ware and put it away without heating it. That will prevent it going rusty but the oil makes it sticky and my pots ended up covered with fluff and dust so I prefer to oil and heat them. The heating process also creates that hard Teflon like coating that makes the pot non stick.

So don’t throw away that rusty cookware you have sitting in the shed. A few litres of cheap vinegar and some cooking oil and your cast iron camp oven will be ready to use in a couple of days.

A Massive Lake, hidden away, with a gorgeous Picnic area!

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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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.

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.