Top Holiday Tips

No one will be saying ‘I’m bored,’ with this list of things to do. The best part is they are all free or really low cost activities that will have the kids sleeping soundly at the end of the day.
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Have a go at the Currawong Pump Track

This little track is located at the Potters Gorge Campsite in Wellington National Park and is perfect for kids of all ages.

There is a section for the very little ones with the cutest little log roll overs and some decent fast track and a couple of nice berms for the bigger kids to hone their skills on.

Visit the Coalfields Museum 

Located opposite the Visitor Centre on Throssell St, this museum houses an incredible collection of historical artifacts.

There is a mining display, depicting how mining has changed over the years and other displays show what life was like for families  living in Collie many years ago.

Admission fees are Adults $5 and Children $2.50
Check their Facebook page for holiday open times.

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Check out Central Park 

Central Park is just over the railway line on Forrest St. There is plenty of shade, where the grown ups can relax while the kids enjoy the modern nature play style playground, with an array of contraptions to have them testing their balance and nerve.

If the weather is warm enough there is a FREE water park! So, don’t forget to bring their bathers and listen to them shriek and giggle as they dodge the jets of water.

Ride the Wagyl Biddi MTB Trail

Pack the bikes and ride the Wagyl Biddi. You will find the trail head at Soldiers Park near the playground and toilets. The trail follows the river before breaking into two sections. The outer loop of the trail is easier for less experienced riders but the inner three loops are more challenging with a couple of awesome berms, some jumps, a table top, rock gardens and steep climbs. If you don’t have your own bikes, you can hire them from Crank’n Cycles for about the same price as taking the family to the movies.

Go Train Spotting

Collie has a rich rail history and you will find evidence of this at various places around town.

The Old Collie Railway Station is on Throssell St and has a working model train of Collie town back in the day.
Across the line you will find the Bill Weirs Rolling Stock Shed (open Mon, Wed and Fri mornings) and there are four old rail engines and a mining shovel at the Visitor Centre.
There is even a real old wagon, converted into a modern cafe in Central Park.

Kayak on the Collie River

Unfortunately you will need your own kayaks for this, as there is currently no one in town hiring them (Business opportunity anyone?)

But once you have the kayaks sorted there is no shortage of water.

We recently made a list of ten fantastic spots you can get the kayak wet in the CRV.

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Camp out and Cook on a Campfire

There is nothing like cooking dinner on a campfire and toasting marshmallows over the coals.

The CRV is really popular for camping and a lot of places are booked out. But, you might snag a spot at Stockton Lake if you get there early.

Or the Collie River Valley Tourist Park is the perfect base to explore the CRV and they tell me they have a few spaces left, but be quick!

Go Underground

The Replica Underground Mine is accessed via the Collie Visitor Centre, but once inside it feels like you are really underground.

If you are on a tight schedule, you can do a self guided tour using the interpretive panels and displays, but if you are able to plan ahead and book a tour with a real retired underground miner we highly recommend you do. You will be taken on a journey back in time when mining was much different than today.
Admission fees Adult $5 School age child $3

Take a VR Tour

While you are at the Visitor Centre be sure to check out the Virtual Reality equipment.

You can choose between a lap of the Motorplex Track in a racing car, paddle a  kayak down the Collie River or pedal one of the Collie Trails on a mountain bike.

Its all totally free and heaps of fun. You can try all three is you like! You don’t need any special ability to have a go. 

Pack a Picnic and Go Exploring

There are lots of places to go exploring in the CRV, but one of our favourites would have to be Lennard Drive in Wellington National Park.
There are four sign posted spots to explore; The Rapids, Big Rock, Little Rock and Long Pool and they are all perfect for a picnic. Honeymoon Pool is another favourite spot, just a bit further down stream from Long Pool. Make sure you check out our post on Lennard Drive for a map an info about the secret pool.

Click here for more cool picnic ideas.

Tackle the Skate Park

This state of the art Skate Park was built a few years back and has had some serious use by the local kids. It includes a tight bowl, some awesome ramps and other technical features for the kids to test their skills against.

It’s located at Soldiers Park on Lefroy St. There is a children’s playground adjacent to the skate park so all the kids can play nearby while the grown ups take a break under the shady trees or at one of the picnic tables provided. There are toilets and BBQs provided if you want to make a day of it.

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Top 10 Picnic Spots!

Autumn is here!

Well that’s Summer done and dusted for now. As we pack away the unicorn floaty and selfie stick our thoughts wander to what we may get up to in the cooler months.

For Collie this means it’s trail walking and mountain biking season. Sections of the brand new Wiilman Bilya Trail, in the Wellington National Park have been completed. This multi day hike will, when completed, circumnavigate Wellington Dam, taking in Potters Gorge and a purpose built campsite only available to users of this trail, much like the campsites built exclusively for Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi users. Another trail under construction right now leads walkers and riders from the CBD to the gorgeous Minninup Pool. 

All this trail talk is making us hungry, thats where a good old fashioned picnic comes into play!

We’ve sussed out the top 10 picnic spots in the Collie River Valley. Most locations come equipped with picnic tables, toilets and parking but ALL definitely come with a gorgeous and unique setting to enjoy a quiet afternoon. Add a nice bush walk or mountain bike ride and it sounds like a perfect day to us!

Top 10 Picnic spots in the CRV.

Harris River Dam is located 13km to the North of the Collie CBD along Harris River Rd.  This dam is used for drinking water and features a lovely park area adjacent to the carpark. A large toilet block, various picnic tables and free BBQ’s are a highlight as are the walking paths that connect each area. Just prior to the dam sits the exquisit Harris River Estate Winery. The #visitcollie team thoroughly recommend a stop in at their cellar door to sample the award winning wines, craft beers and ciders. 

You can discover more about Harris River Estate Winery here.

Soldiers Park in the CBD is a fantastic central location for a picnic. Featuring towering trees, a terrific playground, brand new toilet facilities, picnic tables and free BBQ’s it’s and ideal spot to pick up some tucker, let the kids off the leash and unwind. The adjacent skate park means there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Bring the mountain bikes and hit the awesome Wagyl Biddi trail. The trail head is right at the park and takes you along the river around a bush section and back again. Perfect to work up an appetite!

You can find out more about the Wagyl Biddi Trail here.

Glorious Stockton Lake sits 10km east of Collie. This once open cut coal mine now recreation lake is popular with campers and water skiers. The magnificent blue lake is Black Diamonds big brother and makes a terrific spot to pull out the camp chairs and enjoy a picnic.

You can read more about Stockton Lake here.

World famous Honeymoon Pool needs little introduction. Perched on the banks of the Collie River, fed from the depths of Wellington Dam, glorious Honeymoon Pool is shaded by stunning peppermint trees and features free electric BBQ’s, a toilet block and lovely boardwalk to enjoy. Busy during the summer months, weekends and school holidays, if you visit midweek and off peak you’ll almost have it to yourself. If a nice bush walk is on the cards follow the waters edge with it on your right shoulder and you’ll pick up the Jabitj Trail. This two hour walk follows the river all the way back to the Kiosk at the Dam. You can read about our hike on the Jabitj Trail here.

Honeymoon Pool is situated 15km west of Collie within the Wellington National Park. Please note: Pets are not permitted within National Parks.

You’ll find Minninup Pool just a couple of kilometres from the Collie CBD along Mungalup Rd. This wide bend in the river is a popular swimming and kayaking spot during summer. Featuring a toilet block, bitumen parking, picnic tables with shade and a glorious vista, it’s no wonder Minny made it into our top 10!

Also situated within the stunning Wellington National Park, Potters Gorge campsite has undergone a remarkable renovation in the last few years and is a firm favourite. Keep an eye out on the entrance road for the Day Visit area. Featuring a large car park, toilet facilities, various gazebo style picnic areas with free electric BBQ’s that offer magic views across the water. From here you can pick up the new Wiilman Bilya trail for walking or pack the bikes and hit the pump track located within the Potters Gorge camping area.

You can read more about Potters Gorge in our recent blog here.

By now you’d be getting the picture that the Collie area is blessed with an abundance of picturesque water!

Cute as a button Glen Mervyn dam is located 20km south of the Collie townsite along the Preston-Collie Road. Popular with campers and water skiers. The day visit area is on the highway side of the water and generally campers camp on the opposite side. There is two toilet blocks provided, one on each side of the lake. There are picnic tables at the southern end near the dam wall. The world famous Bibbulmun Track passes through here along the western shore. It can be picked up from the dam wall and followed for 4km to the best bush pub around. The Mumby. Visit for lunch and a refreshment, you may even catch a great live music act!

To find out more about Glen Mervyn Dam, go here.

No water views this time, but this dramatic granite rock wall makes an excellent backdrop for a picnic. The quarry was active when the granite was used to build the Wellington Dam wall. Now popular with rock climbers and abseilers (by bookings only) it makes an excellent choice to let the kids run riot around the vast grassed area. Featuring picnic tables and BBQ’s the Quarry has snuck into our top 10 picnic spots in the CRV!

The Quarry is within the Wellington Dam National Park, unfortunately our four legged friends will have to stay home.

Photo: Courtesy Explore Parks WA

Another total gem within the Wellington National Park is Lenard Drive. This gorgeous one-way sealed road leads from the base of the dam wall to Honeymoon Pool, and is packed with 4 stunning picnic spots. Our pick for the top 10 is Long Pool. The last stop before turning off into Honeymoon Pool. Leave the crowds behind and pack a sumptuous feast, sit back under the shady trees on the provided picnic tables and get that perfect insta-selfie on the steps into the water.

You can discover more about Long Pool in our blog post here.

Smack bang in the middle of town, right on the main street sits Central Park. Loaded with features a mile long, stunning Central Park boasts it’s very own Vintage Train wagon serving up the best range of food and coffee going. Dotted with various tables to perch at it also has free BBQ’s, a brand new toilet and shower block, free water park for the kids, adventure nature playground and a large grassed area to kick the footy around. Free WIFI is available and the local bakery is conveniently just across the road!

You can read more about WAGON 537 here.


Well there you have it folks, Collie seems to be an absolute Picnicking Mecca. We love the Leave no Trace philosophy here at #visitcollie. You can google it, but it means basically to look after these areas and clean up after ourselves. Even better, leave these areas better than how we find them. That way everyone can enjoy them.


If you’re wondering where to go to gather supplies for your picnic we’ll give you some hot tips:

For that classic, country butchers shop you can’t go past SPRY’s – Located on the corner of Atkinson and Jones Streets you won’t go wrong if you plan to make use of the free BBQ’s listed in this top 10.

For an epic range of house made Salads head to Jax Diner – Located on the Corner of Atkinson and Johnston Streets.

For Coffee and Cake stop by the Colliefields – Located on the corner of Throsell and Steere Streets

For wraps, cold pressed juices and coffee visit Wagon 537 in Central Park on Forrest Street.

That Classic Aussie Country Pub, it’s why we LOVE the Federal Hotel!

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Perched on the hill overlooking town, the Federal Hotel or “Feddy” as it’s known has been around since Moses was a boy. It’s been reborn in various stages of its life, today it’s known as Collie’s food and family pub. Featuring a huge dining room, the Feddy can cater for the largest of groups as well as small gatherings. The accommodation upstairs is iconic country hotel simplicity and offers an affordable stay for those weekenders away.

Hands up who loves a great Beer Garden!

No pub is complete without a good alfresco area in our book, the Feddy has the best in town. A large grassed area attracts the little ones for a good run around as Mum & Dad enjoy their lunch. A stage is located in the corner of the yard and often features great cover bands from all around WA.

Through the warmer months the beer garden is packed on a Sunday afternoon as the ubiquitous Sunday Session kicks off. If you’ve not much on list to do early Monday morning, put on your dancing shoes, order a meal from the mouth watering menu and settle in for a big one!

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The Federal places a strong emphasis on their food and menu which changes each season. Currently on the Summer Menu for a little longer, we recently enjoyed the Spicy Nacho’s – this dish is the real deal with quality beef mince, salsa, corn tortillas, sour cream and jalapenos balanced on top. The perfect dish to share between a group as the sun sets on another weekend.

If communal dining isn’t your thing, you can always choose from the really well thought out menu. Perfectly cooked Steaks, eye watering Parmigianas, Steak Sandwiches are the top of our list and there’s a great selection for the little ones too.

Definitely put the Feddy on the list for lunch or dinner when you’re next adventuring in the CRV. 

Harris River Estate Winery

Harris River Estate Winery, might be the only winery in the Collie River Valley, but with several Gold and Silver Medals under their belt they are set to become a shining light in the wine world. They are also rapidly building a name for themselves in the overseas market and currently export their wines to over 10 provinces in China.

Gold medals…

Established in 2000, with state of the art facilities, they are steadily making a name for themselves alongside wineries who have been in operation for decades longer.

They won their first Gold medals, back in 2008 in the Qantas Wine Show for their 2007 Verdelho and 2007 Chardonnay. The same year they were awarded a 5 Star Rating by James Halliday.

More recently they have been  awarded two gold medals for their  2017 Viognier and 2015 Shiraz and two silver medals for their 2015 Cab Sav and Cab Merlot  by Wine Showcase Magazine.

Harris River Estate owners, Karl and Julie Hillier enjoying lunch on the deck, celebrating their recent win of two gold and two silver medals in Wine Showcase Magazine

Lunch on the balcony…

From Wednesday through to Sunday between 12 to 3.30 they serve delicious Tapas style lunches. In the warmer months you can sit out on the deck over looking the vineyard and dam, with the surrounding jarrah forest in the background. Come winter, they light up the big wood fire to warm the magnificent timber appointed dining room.

Wine tasting and sales…

While there, you can take the opportunity to sample the award winning wines before buying a bottle or few, to take home with you. In addition to wine, they also brew a range of beers, ale and cider, so if wine isn’t your thing, you are not left out!

Interesting facts..

The entire range of Harris River Wines are produced from grapes grown on the Harris River Estate. That means, grown, picked, fermented, bottled and labelled all here at HRE. 

Harvest is often carried out at night when the air is coolest, to ensure that the fruit maintains its unique flavours and aromas. 

When the grapes are harvested there is as little as ten minutes from vine to crusher.

Getting there…

You will find Harris River Estate on Harris River Road, just 5 km north of Collie.

If you are travelling from Perth you can leave the SW Hwy at Wokalup and take scenic Mornington Rd up through the hills and turn left into Harris River Road at the T-junction. The winery is 1.8km up the road on your right.

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Top 10 Kayaking Spots in the Collie River Valley!

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So you’re here because you’ve just scored a new Kayak from Santa and you’re busting to get it wet or maybe you’re an old pro and are always on the lookout for new places to explore. Well, either way you’ve come to the right place!

We break down the ten best kayaking spots in the CRV. Collie is blessed with an abundance of freshwater, from the Collie River upstream from Wellington Dam, downstream or at one of our famous Blue lakes, you’ll find your own favourite spot!

So without further adieu and in no particular order…

10. Minninup Pool

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Glorious Minninup Pool, or Minny, is a stunning bend in the Collie River. Off Throssell Street, turn at Caltex, continue past the Collie Golf Course and keep an eye out on your left for the Minninup Pool sign.

Here the road arrives at a large bitumen car park shaded by tall trees. Access to the water is via the sloped grass. Facilities include a toilet and picnic shelters.

Enjoy Minny, it’s lovely – let’s keep it that way and look after it for everybody else to also enjoy.

To learn more about Minninup Pool, click here.

9. Sandy

Accessing Minninup Pool and taking the right hand track you’ll arrive at Minninups next door neighbour, Sandy as the locals call it, is a serene section of the Collie River. As the name suggests, this is a fresh water beach. 

Access to the water is fine but best suited to 4×4’s as the sand is quite soft in places so you’ll have to watch your step or your “Bogged!” photo will be all over social media! Park further back from the water under the trees if you’re not in a 4×4

As with a lot of the locations in this top 10, Sandy is a very special part of the Collie River. It is a truly natural location so there are no facilities including no bins.

We always promote the “Leave No Trace” philosophy. Everything we take in, we take out. There are bins at Minninup and also at the Collie Visitors Centre near the RV point. Or simply take all rubbish and belongings home. Photo Credit: Misty Kirkby.

8. Griffin Bridge

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Griffin Bridge is next on our list and is also in the same neighbourhood. Past Sandy lies another nice spot to put the kayak in. A gentle slope into the water for access is great.

Enjoy paddling around the road bridge above, Why not paddle all the way upstream to Minninup and back, taking in Sandy on the way.

No facilities here, all belongings must be taken with you when you leave and disposed of.

7. Stockton Lake

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There is nothing like paddling around on  the amazing blue waters of Stockton Lake.

You will find Stockton on the road towards Darkan about 10 km out of Collie.

The lake can get crazy busy on long weekends, but most other times and during the week you might have the place to yourself.

Toilets are provided and camping is permitted for a small fee  There is plenty of room for caravans and pets are permitted too!

 

6. Coal Discovery Site

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You will find the Coal Discovery Site on Ferguson Road off the Coalfields Hwy in Allanson. Just a bit further down the road is a Cul-De-Sac parking area and convenient spot to put the kayak in.

You can paddle all the way to Wellington Dam from this point.

Photo Credit: Rachel Roney

5. Potters Gorge / Wellington Dam

16km West of Collie sits Wellington National Park, which is home to Wellington Dam. Here there are numerous spots to drop the Kayak in. At Potters Gorge, choose the day area with shady parking, FREE BBQ’s & Picnic gazebos. Or Book a camping spot and settle in for a few days.

With a vast area of water to explore – Wellington National Park and Potters Gorge easily make it onto our top 10 list!

To read more about Potters Gorge click here

To book a campsite at Potters Gorge click here

4. Lennard Drive

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Lennard Drive is also in the Wellington National Park. This sealed, one way road starts just past the Bridge at the base of the dam wall and continues to follow the Collie River all the way to Honeymoon Pool. There are several picnic and swimming spots along Lennard Drive. The first is “The Rapids”. Look for the pool above the white water, you may find what you are looking for!

Once back on Lennard Drive look out for the signs “little Rock, Big Rock & Long Pool” you can thank us later!

To find out more about Lennard Drive click here.

3. Gelcoat Rapids

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Nestled away in the Wellington National Park, Gelcoat is a quieter spot than its glamorous neighbour, Honeymoon Pool. But it may just surprise you! 

Featuring 7 campsites right at the water, this is an ideal base to set up for the weekend and explore not only Gelcoat but the other sites that made the cut within the Wellington National Park.                                            Photo Credit: Renae Richardson

To find out more about Gelcoat, click here.

To book a campsite visit here.

 

2. Glen Mervyn Dam

20km south of Collie sits beautiful Glen Mervyn Dam. This free campsite and popular water skiing spot is suitable for kayaking.

It may not be all “how’s the serenity” with the roar of the ski boats zooming around, however there are a few spots near the dam wall, along the highway and down the far western end the Ski boats don’t venture.

Easy access to the water and toilet facilities available Glen Mervyn makes it onto our top 10 list.

To find out more about Glen Mervyn, click here.

1. Honeymoon Pool

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We did mention this list is in no particular order but hey, Honeymoon Pool had to be at number one!

World famous Honeymoon Pool also resides within the Wellington National Park. This exquisite camping and day visit location features free gas BBQ’s a toilet block and a gorgeous boardwalk over the water. You can book a campsite and enjoy a few days kayaking up and down the stream. Photo Credit: Rory McDonald

To read more about Honeymoon Pool, click hereBookings are available here.

 

Coalfields Museum

The Coalfields Museum is an absolute treasure trove of historical artifacts and every day items, giving a rare insight into life in Collie in days gone by.

The original Road Board Building built around 1900

The buildings the Museum is now housed in were built in approx 1900 and 1930 and were occupied by the Road Board.

They were converted into a museum and opened to the public in 1971.

Over the years the collection has been added to and today boasts one of the best collections in any regional museum.

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The newer brick building was built in 1930

Volunteers

For nearly 50 years the Museum has been cared for by a group of volunteers, passionate about preserving the past. During this time they have rescued and preserved many items that would have otherwise ended up lost forever.

In more recent times volunteers have commenced the huge task of digitally cataloging the entire collection and at the time of writing the they had already recorded 3976 items. But this is only the tip of the iceberg with many more thousands of items to go. 

It is not just the size of the collection, but the wide variety of things on display that is astounding. Items ranging from household objects, a mining display, war memorabilia, the Geldert Truck (likely the first truck in Collie), the horse drawn Golden Crust Bakery cart and old red pillar letter box to name a few.

The Museum houses an extensive collection of old bottles and glassware
One section of the museum is dedicated to mining
Years ago these were common on many street corners
Imagine cooking on one of these wood fired stoves in the summer. Before gas and electric stoves became available these old stoves and cookware items were used to cook food, heat water and to keep the home warm.

 You will find the Museum on Throssell St, opposite the Visitor Centre

They are open Thursday to Monday from 9 am to 3 pm

Entry fees are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children

Lennard Drive, Wellington National Park

Lennard Drive is a one way road, following the river down stream from the Wellington Dam and offers some stunning scenery and four great picnic/swimming spots along the way.

From the Kiosk, head down below the dam and across the river following the signs towards Honeymoon Pool. Look out for Lennard Drive on the right. Each spot is well sign posted and easy to find. Lennard Dr is sealed all the way.

The last flushing toilet is located at the Kiosk at the Dam so consider a pit stop before heading off. There is one long drop at The Rapids, but it is often rather smelly! 

The Rapids

The first stop is known as The Rapids and as the name suggests the river tumbles over the rocks at this point. The pool below the rapids is good for trout fishing we are told, but the real secret is a little further upstream.

The Secret Pool above The Rapids

As you leave the car park and head towards the river there is a single composting toilet to the right. (This is the last toilet until Honeymoon Pool) Follow the track past the toilet and you will come to a beautiful pool where you can swim or use the shaded tables provided for a picnic. This is probably my favourite stop along Lennard Drive, because there are steps down into the water and lots of shade.

Big Rock

The next stop is Big Rock, so named after the enormous granite rock that extends from the river bed all the way up the hill, across the road. It looks quite spectacular in Spring when the rock is carpeted with pink wildflowers.

Above the water fall is a shallow pool ideal for younger children. (Remember to always supervise children around water) The water flows over the rocks into a large deep pool. It’s  quite cold, because it is coming from the Dam just upstream and flows too fast to warm up in the sun. The kids will love lying on the warm rocks after cooling off in the chilly pool.

Little Rock

Little Rock is a favourite with families with young ones, because they can play in the shallow pools. Many kids, and adults, are put of by slimy. muddy river beds, but not so, at Little Rock. The pool has a solid granite base and is not slimy, although it can be a bit slippery, so take care in the water. With a wide expanse of water and trees lining the banks Little Rock offers some awesome photographic opportunities.

Long Pool

A while back, a photographer took a picture and labelled it Honeymoon Pool. You have likely seen the picture circulating around Facebook or Instagram, but it is actually Long Pool, a couple of km upstream from Honeymoon Pool.
The pool is big enough to swim in and there are are steps to access the water and tables nearby to set up a picnic in the shade of the trees. 
(Just a warning; because it is so lovely and shady and cool, the mozzies love it too, so remember to bring some insect repellent with you!)
It is a spectacular spot and on a sunny day the water reflects the blues and greens of the sky and surrounding scenery.

From here the road comes to a T junction. A right hand turn will take you over the bridge, down to Honeymoon Pool and eventually the Coalfields Hwy. A left hand turn and you have the choice of heading back into Collie or down into the Ferguson Valley.

Can you help?

We are very fortunate to have such beautiful places to visit and enjoy. Bins are provided at the Kiosk and Honeymoon Pool only, so can we ask that you plan to take all your rubbish with you while visiting Lennard Drive. This may mean packing a garbage bag or cardboard box at home to collect food wrappers  and drink containers throughout your visit. The money that would be spent on rubbish collection can now be spent on maintaining and improving facilities around the park.

With so many adventures to be had in the Collie River Valley we hope you will take the time to browse our posts and start planning your next adventure!

Collie Art Gallery

 The Collie Art Gallery was opened in 2015 and is the only purpose built, A Class Gallery to be built in WA, since the Art Gallery of WA was opened  in the 1970’s. 

Since opening

The Gallery has been host to many and varied collections of work. With 150 square metres of floor space and an additional studio, the gallery is designed to host exhibitions of national and international significance.

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You will find

the Gallery on Throssell St, near the Caltex petrol station. There is plenty of parking and easy access for people with disabilities. Alternate access is via the rail crossing from Central Park and the town centre.

Before entering the gallery, take time to consider the rammed earth construction of the building and the dramatic mirrored artwork out the front, entitled ‘Reflective Regeneration’.

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Recent Exhibition

Elemental, Land, Layers, Life by Visual Artist Carol Rowling at the Collie Art Gallery Dec 18 – Jan 19.
These amazing works are created using layers of canvas and an angle grinder and were inspired by the Australian landscape as seen from the air. There is an audio visual presentation with the artist, describing her inspiration and the creative process behind the work on display.

Elemental, Land, Layers, Life by visual artist Carol Rowling - Collie Art Gallery, December 2018

Collie Art Prize

In 2018 the bi-annual Collie Art Prize was offered for the first time and with the biggest cash prize on offer throughout regional Australia, of $50,000, it certainly attracted the attention of artists and art lovers all over the country.

In the first year, over 500 entries were received from all over Australia, showcasing some of the best works from across the country.

Open hours and what’s on

The gallery is open Thursday to Monday between 10 am and 4 pm and to find information about upcoming programs and events go to the Collie Art Gallery website. Most exhibitions are free.

After visiting the Art Gallery, you may also enjoy the Coalfields Museum further west, down Throssell Street opposite the Collie Visitor Centre and if you are interested in rail history there are several old steam locos at the Visitor Centre and another collection at the Bill Weirs Rolling Stock Shed. The Rolling Stock Shed is open Mon, Wed and Fri mornings and can be found at the eastern end of Central Park. The old Collie Railway Station is also open to visitors and offer traditional station lunches and Devonshire teas.

Big Rock – fun for all ages

Big Rock is the second stop along Lennard Drive and offers fun for all the family. You will find it just below The Rapids in Wellington National Park, Collie WA 

The name Big Rock comes from the enormous granite rock that extends all the way from the river bed, across the road and up the hill on the opposite side. It’s difficult to comprehend the scale of this rock from a photograph and the hill is way steeper than it looks here.
In spring the hill is covered with amazing pink wildflowers.
There is a picnic table, but no toilets at this spot. The last flushing toilet is located back at the Kiosk at the Dam and the next one is at Honeymoon Pool.

The pool above the waterfall

The shallow pool above the waterfall is great for younger children to play and splash around in.
On a hot day it’s nice to sit your chair in the shallow water and watch the little ones enjoy themselves, only an arms length away. Remember to always take care with children around water.
There is not much shade at this spot, so if you are planning on staying a while it is a good idea to pack some sort of shelter such as a large umbrella or gazebo.

The pool below the waterfall 

The large pool below the waterfall is deep and cold and great fun for older children and adults who can swim confidently. The amount of water coming over the rocks is dependent on how much water is being released from the dam upstream and if there is enough water coming down, older kids will enjoy sliding down the waterfall on inflatable tubes and other floating contraptions. 

Camping

Camping is not allowed at this location, but bush style camping facilities are provided at nearby Potters Gorge and Honeymoon Pool. These sites provide long drop toilets but no showers. Bookings are essential. Click here to book a site.
Full camping facilities including hot showers and all the mod cons are available  at the Collie River Valley Tourist Park just 20 minutes away in the town of Collie.

Minninup Pool – a favourite with locals

Located on a bend on the Collie River, just out of town, Minninup Pool has been a favourite spot to cool off on a hot day for generations. 

There are numerous, shaded picnic tables along the grassy bank where locals and visitors to the area like to sit and enjoy a meal or just take in the scenery.
Unfortunately there are no BBQs provided and fires are not allowed, but you are permitted to bring your own gas BBQ or portable gas stove and cook up a feast. Or keep it simple and grab some take away from town.

Minninup Pool is a day use only area but there are several great options for camping nearby if you want to extend your stay. Go to www.visitcollie.com.au/camping

Getting there…

Turn onto Mungalup Rd, opposite the Caltex fuel station, and look out for the Minninup Pool sign on your left, just over 2 km down the road.
Follow the winding sealed road for a few hundred metres and the river will open up into a wide pool in front of you. 

Swimming and kayaking

This section of the river is fairly deep making it perfect for swimming and kayaking. It is possible to kayak on calm water for several kilometres in either direction.