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

Wellington NP, Lennard Dr & Honeymoon Pool – a magic family day out!

Two thumbs up from the kids!

Righto, Honeymoon Pool will be quiet today now that most visitors would have gone back to work or school, lets go out for a sausage sizzle and the kids can have a dip whilst the weather is still warm” 

It’s Tuesday following the Easter weekend and the kids have a pupil free day, it also may be the last warm day we’ll have – we’ve all been working on and off over Easter so its the perfect opportunity to pack up a few snags from Spry’s the local butcher and head out for a run in the car. 

15 minutes west of Collie along the Coalfields Highway is Wellington Dam road, take this turn and within a few minutes you’ll come across River Road,  the turn off to Honeymoon Pool. But alas, this gravel road is closed as they are sealing it. Never fear however, as this uncovers another true gem that you may have otherwise missed!

The detour takes us further along Wellington Dam road, passed the Potters Gorge turn off and into the heart of Wellington National Park. If you plan to check out Potters Gorge, now is the best time to do this as the detour is a one way loop. We didn’t stop at the kiosk at the Dam this visit, but we thoroughly recommend a stop here, it’s a great little cafe and a good opportunity for a toilet stop if you’ve arrived after a long drive. 

After the Kiosk, turn right and you’ll follow the one way winding road down to the dam wall. Here there’s an area to pull over the car and marvel at the huge jet of water shooting out from the dam base and into the river below. We continue on the same road and look out for the next right turn, it’s the one way Lennard Drive. Take your time travelling along this gorgeous road. Following the Preston River below, it’s not long until you’ll come across the first of four parking areas The Rapids, followed by Big Rock, Little Rock and Long Pool.

The Rapids can be, as the name suggests, quite fast moving and best suited to older kids or adults. The brave and adventurous may have a blast here but a word of warning from Stephen from the Kiosk, they have had people return bloodied and bruised from an encounter at the Rapids! You’ve been warned! We give the Rapids a miss and stop next at Big Rock. Leaving the car in the parking area we follow the path over the huge granite rock banks to bring us to the waters edge. A family are just packing up a picnic and leaving as we arrive, so we’ll have the place to ourselves. Here the kids are enthralled by the rushing water at the far side of the river as they play and splash at the gentler side closer to us. We kick our shoes off and shuffle across the moving water to the “Big Rock” in the middle of the river. The smooth granite river bed means the water is super clean but it also means it can be a little slippery so care should be taken!

With lunchtime approaching we move onto the next spot, Little Rock.

Here the same family we met at Big Rock are moving onto the next stop on their tour. Growing up we were totally accustomed to swimming in water holes and playing in the dirt, finding critters and exploring the natural world. But it seems the following generations have moved away from this type of caper, just a little bit. Maybe more so in the city. We found it amusing how the kids reacted to water that was icy cold and unlike the heated and chlorinated water they were used to. They absolutely loved it and were soon giggling, shrieking and having a wonderful time.

Little rock is a slower moving section of the river. Pooling gently then pouring between a natural rock wall to the larger pool below with a lonely rock standing sentry a little further out. Phillip (11) decided he wanted to swim out to the rock. Sure enough, with a little encouragement he conquered it! Just prior to leaving we spotted a hand sized fish desperately trying not to be swept down into the lower pool. The water is gin clear and the kids were amazed by this real life David Attenborough moment, right in front of their eyes!

Negotiating the slippery river floor at Little Rock.

Back in the car and a short drive later we come across Long Pool. The final stop along Lennard Drive before Honeymoon Pool. Definitely suited to older kids, who are confident swimmers. Long Pool is a calm, open pool, adjacent to a nice shaded picnic area. 

Entry to the water is via steps unlike the previous two stops where there has been a gentle slope into the water that suited the younger ones, Long Pool is deeper right from the entry. I could just imagine bringing a tractor tyre tube or pool float and relaxing in the shade of the Peppermints along the banks, truly stunning. 

Whilst on tour through the Wellington National Park and particularly Lennard Drive, we noticed how clean previous visitors had kept it. Rightly so, this is an area of stunning natural beauty, so the thought of littering or leaving a mess is the last thing on our mind, a bottle cap left at little rock was picked up and taken home to the bin, we’d encourage everyone to not turn a blind eye to even the smallest scrap of litter, if safe to do so, grab it and take it home.

Hanging out at Long Pool.

Finally its Lunchtime! The kids had been having so much fun, food was the last thing on their minds, but now everyones tummies were rumbling , it was time to pack up again and head down the road to the T – Junction that ends Lennard Drive. A right turn here takes us the the entrance to Honeymoon Pool.

It’s fairly quiet, after the hustle and bustle of the long weekend, a few campers linger and a handful of cars are in the day visit area. We take the esky and towels to the nearby picnic tables and the snags are soon sizzling on the BBQ. The kids have made a bee-line straight for the steps leading into the water. A couple of older kids and an adult jump off the platform above into the water below. This inspires Phillip to have a go. The sign warns “No Diving” which should be heeded. Care should be taken when jumping into a natural body of water. After witnessing several attempts by others, Phillip has a go himself. Instantly addicted to the thrill, the feat was repeated a few more times!

By now the sausage sizzle was ready, we sat down for a rest and some lunch. 

Soon after, the kids were back in the water, exploring the shallows, where they found a marron crawling around under the steps beneath our feet, the kids we’re amazed and spent quite a while studying the creature before returning to the shallows for a wade. 

Our day trip to the Wellington National Park was going down as an absolute classic. The kids had a ball with plenty to see and do. Lennard Drive is a stunning addition to a great day out to Honeymoon Pool.  If camping is not your thing, even though Potters Gorge and Honeymoon Pool are gorgeous, the scenic town of Collie is only 15 minutes down the road. A variety of accommodation options are available from modern motel and apartment style rooms through to the classic Aussie country pub experience. 

Wellington National Park gets busy during summer and school holidays or weekends, other times you will be enjoying the tranquility almost to yourself. Contact the Collie Visitor Centre for more information on accommodation options in the region.

24 hour, 7 days a week Pupper washing comes to Collie!

No more long drives home with stinky creek dog in the car, this service allows the dog owner to shampoo, condition, flea treat and blow dry old mate well before he gets on the nose.

Installed in 2016, Mucky Pups Dog wash was born after local owners Rachel & Steve were left stranded with 3 ripe pooches and no where to turn. Dog sitting for both pairs of in-laws the couple had to make a trip to nearby Bunbury and took the dogs for a ride. There they stopped by the Pet store for supplies and noticed the Dog Wash machines at the rear of the building.

“We used these types of machines when we lived in Perth, they’re brilliant. I wondered how one would go in Collie. We called up a mobile dog wash business and they were booked solid for months. We started making some enquiries and here we are a year later”

Located on the main street of town at 134 Forrest St,  its centrally located, with easy vehicle parking and is housed under an awning for protection from the weather. The unit takes $5, $10 & $20 notes as well as gold coins. The offending dog is placed into the stainless steel trough and secured with a collar chain if need be. Once the timer starts after $10 is deposited, you’re off and racing. The rotary dial makes it easy to go through the sequence of washing. Ending with a nice blow dry.

“We keep the unit open 24/7 –  its thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily. We wash our dog in it, not nearly enough mind you – the problem is the Australian Made shampoo and conditioners are that good the dog stays smelling fresh for weeks, not a very good business model for us!” 

Washing old mate is childs play!

Today we find out about camping at Potters Gorge!

We recently checked out the new Potters Gorge Campground in the Wellington National Park, and isn’t she a beauty!?

 

The site is situated on the shore of the Wellington Dam, in a shady Jarrah and Marri forest setting. This lovely area is a spacious campground boasting 54 individual sites contained within three loops that caters for small, medium and large campervans or caravans. Many of the individual sites have their own tent pads making it easy to have another option whilst staying here.

The camp is well set up and features BBQ’s and tables at every site. The Toilet facilities are top notch and very clean, even odour free! Each site has its own area, which is important as no one wants to be on top of each other. There’s plenty of room and most have water views or are a short stroll to the water’s edge. There is wheelchair and pram access to most of the facilities. Generators are permitted during set hours, but why spoil the tranquility?

Bookings will be available through the Parks & Wildlife Service website. This is a brilliant new addition and changes the game completely. No more rushing to the site hoping to get a spot. This way you can be safe in the knowledge your site is reserved and you may even be able to spend the afternoon touring the region.

Visit https://exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au/park-stay and search by the selected campsite

Potters Gorge is a great location to explore the nearby attractions. Neighbouring Honeymoon Pool is well known and gets very busy especially over weekends and school Holidays. Being only a short drive away its perfect for a day visit. 

Also nearby is the Wellington Dam wall, Get a great view from the lookout above and maybe stop in at the Kiosk for some supplies and more info on the National Park. Lennard Drive is a gorgeous, sealed, one way road that starts just below the dam wall and ends at River Road, the drive has 4 stunning picnic areas that are also great swimming spots. 

Take a right at the end of Lennard Drive to access Honeymoon Pool, then continue on back to Wellington Dam Rd, right again to head back to the campsite. To visit Potters Gorge and not take in the scenery of the National Park is criminal! This is a short drive that is simply a must!

If you’re into bushwalking (and even if you’re not, this one is perfect for beginners) The Jabitj trail starts opposite the Kiosk at the Dam and follows the Collie River all the way to Honeymoon Pool. Its a leisurely 2 hour walk along fairly flat terrain. The scenery is breathtaking and is truly worth it!

The purpose built Currawong Pump Track located within the campsite 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 don’t forget to pack the bikes!

 

The scenic town of Collie is only a short drive away and the supermarkets are open all weekend to stock up on supplies. The town has all the necessary amenities, from a classic country bakery, 5 historic pubs that all have their individual unique charm and all offer those iconic country pub meals. Central Park in the centre of town features a great playground and free water park for those warmer months, free BBQ’s and a eclectic vintage train carriage cafe that truly is worth a visit.

All the above locations and attractions are featured in our Recent Blogs section.

 

Currawong Pump Track
Walking the Jabitj Trail
Clean spacious campers kitchens