Eating Out in the Collie River Valley

For a country town we are not short on fantastic places to eat out. Here are some of out favourites!

The Colliefields

Sitting on the corner of Throssell and Steere Sts, the Colliefields is one of the oldest buildings in town.

They are open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and with a variety  of vegan, gluten, egg, soy and dairy free options, no one is left out. Choose from big breakfasts, scrumptious lunches and decadent cakes. Most menu items are available dine in or take away.

With generous servings, excellent coffee and a huge range of teas the Colliefields gets a thumbs up from us.

Harris River Estate Winery

You will find Harris River Estate Winery 5 kms north of Collie on Harris River Rd.
They are open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 3.30 pm and offer delicious tapas style lunches. You can choose between a table indoors or out on the balcony. During the milder weather, we recommend a table out on the balcony over looking the vineyard and the dam.

Take the opportunity to try some of the award winning wines and treat yourself to a bottle or two to take home with you.

The Feddy

Everyone loves a good pub feed and the Federal Hotel, or Feddy, the locals call it, is the perfect place to take the entire family.

They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and the large outdoors grassed area is perfect for the kids to run around, while the grown ups enjoy their meal. Just check opening times on public holidays.

The menu changes frequently, offering old favourites and fresh new options.

Wagon 537

Wagon 537 is  a real vintage rail car that has been converted into a stylish modern cafe with a fresh menu that you would expect to find in the city, not a country town.

They are conveniently located in Central Park and open early for breakfast and lunch.

The Adventure Playground and Water Park located in the same space meaning you can grab a coffee and eats while the kids play!

8 Thai Ladies

If you like quality Thai food, you will love 8 Thai Ladies. With an incredible menu of genuine Thai food to choose from, you will soon be heading back for more.

If Thai is not your thing, there are western options available as well.

You will find them, down town on Forrest St and have the choice of dining indoors or at a table on the footpath, where you can sit and watch the world go by.

Old Collie railway Station

The Old Collie Railway Station is on Throssell St, opposite the Colliefields Hotel and serves simple traditional station meals; scones, sandwiches, rolls, salad plates and pies, just like the meals that were sold there decades ago.
As you sit and eat, imagine all the people who sat in the same spot  eating similar food while waiting for the train, 100 years ago.
When you visit, allow time to watch the model trains weave their way through the tracks of the old Collie townsite.

The Kiosk at the Dam

Located just above the Wellington Dam, the Kiosk offers a range of pies, burgers and delicious home made cakes served with real coffee.

Whether you are just there exploring for the day or spending a few nights at one of the nearby Potters Gorge or honeymoon Pool, make sure you allow time to call into the Kiosk and sit and watch the blue wrens frolic in the bird bath surrounding gardens.

Their opening hours vary seasonally so check their Facebook Page for current opening times.

Jax Corner Deli and Diner

Jax Diner is located at the western end of Johnston Street. They offer both indoor dining and a lovely alfresco area.

Their menu is modern and fresh, with a delightful mini salad bar.

They are open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday, plus dinner on Friday evenings. Check their Facebook Page for details and times.

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

Perched on the hill overlooking town...

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!

Food, Glorious Food...

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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Perhaps the Biggest & Best FREE kids playground around?

A gorgeous drive...

An incredibly scenic 35 minute drive into the neighbouring Shire of Donnybrook / Balingup brings us to the Apple Fun Park. Opened in 2018 – the park was (and may still be) the biggest free playground in Australia. A clear favourite for families in the region and it’s no wonder why. With a features list as long as your arm, it’s got something for kids of all ages and abilities. Fully fenced, parents can sit back and relax under the shaded shelters at the picnic tables flanked by free BBQ’s and a great coffee shop across the road.

Make no mistake, this is Orchard country and the road into town is stunning. Collie locals may well take it for granted to pop down to Donnybrook and pick up some fruit, straight from the Orchard in those cute little huts by the side of the road. Pop your money in the honesty box, pick up your fruit and get back on the road. Our pick is Athertons, but there’s plenty to choose from, most offering different fruit to the others so you may want to stop a few times!

It’s something pretty special  driving through the apple and stone fruit orchards in full blossom on a sunny day. Magic.

Fruit lovers aren’t the only ones treated along the road between the two towns. There’s a number of wineries too. Take your time, you may need all day!

 

When the tummies rumble...

It won’t be long and the little ones will be ready for some food after all that running, jumping and climbing all over the fun park. Lucky for us there are plenty of options available. The main street of Donnybrook is lined with cafes, bakeries and the Donnybrook Hotel. Our choice, the Donnybrook Snack Shack was directly opposite the park on Collins Street. We can vouch for the kids Fish & Chips $12 (huge) and a terrific regular coffee for me $4.90. We went back across to the park whilst we waited for our food and before we knew it the friendly lady who served us was crossing the street with our order! Now you can’t beat service like that!

Another great option for lunch is to make use of the many free BBQ’s on offer. With two units under each Shade Shelter there’s plenty of room to throw a few snags on. PRO TIP: Get there earlyish to beat the crowds on a sunny weekend. We arrived about 10am and by 11am it was getting busy with most of the picnic tables snapped up.

Well that’s another day trip completed. Stay tuned for more great ideas to keep you busy in the region. You never know where we’ll take you next. Suddenly that day trip to the Collie River Valley becomes a weekender, many come for a few days and need a week to fit it all in. For clean affordable accommodation whilst visiting we recommend The Colliefields hotel or if you prefer a cabin or have your own caravan / tent you can’t go past the Collie River Valley Tourist Park. See you soon!

The iconic Quindanning Hotel.

A long time favourite...

A long time favourite with our biking community along with others who enjoy a day trip to a destination pub on a sunny day. The Quindanning car park is often adorned with rows and rows of gleaming motorcycles. Their owners either standing around them chatting and inspecting each others rides, or they’re in the beer garden enjoying lunch.

But don’t think their clientele stops there. The “Quinny” as its known by many, is the go-to place on a sunny day. Blessed with a spacious outdoors area at the rear and front of the property there is always plenty of room to find your spot to while away the afternoon. 

Pouring their first beer in 1900, the building is steeped in history, with its long verandas, jarrah paneling and open wood fires, roaring in winter.  Less than an hour drive from the CBD along the scenic Collie-Williams road the Quinny really is a magic day trip from Collie. 

Visit the website to find out more about coming events, their menu and accommodation information.

www.quindanning.hotel.com.au

 

The famous Quindanning Beer Garden

The Colliefields – Yes! We are trail friendly.

Collie is one of the few Trail Towns on both the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Trails. Every year hundreds of trail users pass through town and many of them spend a night or two at The Colliefields. Proprietors, Michélè  and Gary make everyone welcome and go out of their way to make sure their guests are well looked after.

Secure storage for bikes and cars

One of the challenges of walking or riding the track is managing the logistics of transport and working out the best place to leave a car for the return journey. It often means getting someone to drive long distances to provide transport, or doing the car shuffle, and back tracking every few days; never being quite sure if your car will still be there when you return.
 
Not if you are staying at the Colliefields. There is a secure yard at the rear of the building, where you can leave your car until you return or lockup your bike overnight. 
 

Track Transfers

The Colliefields can also pick you up and drop you off at the trail if necessary. Ring ahead if possible, so they can make sure there is a driver available, when you need a ride. Or if things go wrong and you need to get to town in a hurry, The Colliefields will collect you and get you settled into the hotel, until you are able to make your way home.
 

Hot showers and comfy beds

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As nice as it is sleeping under the stars, there is nothing like a wonderful hot shower and a nice warm comfortable bed. Every one who stays at the Colliefields comments on the awesome rainfall shower heads, but then after a few days on the track any shower would seem like bliss.

They offer a range of rooms including single, twin, double, en-suite and dorm rooms. All at very affordable prices.

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Proprietor Michélè says, 'Our visitors love our piping hot rainfall showers after a few days on the trail'

 Free breakfast

Breakfast selection

A scrumptious, continental breakfast is included in the price of your room and includes toast, cereal, milk, yoghurt,  fruit, tea, coffee and juice.

The down stairs dining room opens early and you can purchase a full cooked breakfast at any time of the day or order a packed lunch for on the track

Free washing machines for guests

All guests at The Colliefields have access to washing machines at no extra cost.

Guest lounge

There is a comfy lounge where guests like to gather and share trail experiences or relax in front of the TV after a long day walking or riding.

If only those walls could talk. They would have more than one hundred years of tales to tell!

The Colliefields are not licenced these days, but there are several pubs withing walking distance, serving ice cold beers and wholesome meals. 

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Centrally Located

You will find The Colliefields on Throssell Street, which is the main street running through town. It’s easily identified by it’s striking purple exterior. Only a short walk to the supermarket, banks, post office and anywhere else you may need to go, it’s the perfect location.

Contact them by phone 9734 2052 or email welcome@colliefields.com and say Why i #visitcollie sent you.

Collie Canvas and Camping World stock a huge range of supplies for on the track. Crank’n Cycles Collie carry a range of spare parts and can provide emergency repairs if required.

A restored Vintage Train Carriage located in Central Park serving up Dude food, lighter options and the BEST coffee!

In the beginning...

It all started a couple of years ago, a tender was put out to have a permanent food vendor set up shop in the brand new Central Park, the jewel in the Crown in the Shire of Collie’s Royalties for Regions funding application. 

The park boasts a kids water park, nature playground plus all the usual park play items, the Bendigo Bank Music Shell and the new Collie Art Gallery. Free BBQ’s and seating compliment the original gazebo in the eastern corner which was retained from the original design. On the western side of the park facing Forrest St, the main shopping strip, some blockwork appeared along with a set of railway tracks, this gave a clue as to what may appear!

Locals were hoping for something a little bit special, something original, not only in structure but also in food offerings. Proprietors Rachel & Emma tells us it was the plan all long to blend with and complement Collie’s strong rail heritage.

The wagon was originally in use in 1900’s. Loveling restored by family and the Collie Men’s Shed group and then converted to a cafe by Rachel & Emma in a contemporary style with funky vintage style lighting and decor it really is easy to see these girls have style.

The southern side of the wagon features a really clever ramp allowing great accessibility for people of all abilities and on the northern side steps and a deck bring you up to shop level to place an order.

The stroke of genius for many is the little buzzer thing that allows you to place your order then disappear off to enjoy Central Park whilst you wait for it to flash its lights and buz away to let you know your order is ready

The Food...

Did someone say Dude Food?

The menu at Wagon537 evolves and changes like most, but of late, we’ve been massive fans of the loaded Hot Dogs and the Wagon CheeseBurger. We’re not exactly sure what it is but we’re certain it’s the little things these guys do right that just hits you in the feels. Damn they’re good!

It’s not all hearty fare though, the Wagon crew offer up some seriously quick and tasty health conscious tucker too! 

Chose from wraps, toasties and Cold Pressed juices, Pulled Pork burgers or tackle the epic “Wagon Burger” 

 

The Coffee...

Like any Cafe worth their salt, coffee is the backbone of the operation. Haven’t got good coffee? Forget it!

Well just as luck would have it, these guys know good coffee! Their beans are roasted right here in the South west and sourced responsibly from the Margaret River Roasting Co. Choose from Espresso, Flat White, Latte, Cappuccino, Mocha, Macchiato, Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate, Baby Chinos plus a wide selection of teas!

Emma tells us the responsible business model fits right in with the Wagons mantra to keep their environmental impact low.

Future Focused...

Rachel and Emma like any new start up have ridden the rollercoaster of business but tell us they’re not losing sight of their mission to …”provide Collie and it’s visitors excellent coffee, compliment Central Park and keep our environmental impact low” Emma wraps up our chat by saying “…we’re forever grateful to our community for the on going support. It sounds cliche, but we’d be nowhere without the loyalty from our customers. Without their support, there would be no business, which means we couldn’t offer new jobs in town. We really want to see our town thrive. We’re seeing more and more tourists coming through the town – it’s amazing. We have so much to offer here in Collie, we’re very lucky!”

We reckon too Emma!

To keep up to date with what’s going on at Wagon537 or to find out more go to : facebook/wagon537

Introducing The Colliefields – Where friends meet

Great Food, Budget Accommodation and Trail Friendly!

Proprietor Michélè recently gave #visitcollie a tour of this magnificent old building and suddenly I was back in the late 1800’s. I was sure I could hear the swish of ladies in long taffeta skirts and see shadows of men sporting smart moustaches and braces along the upstairs corridors. If only walls could talk!

These days The Colliefields houses a smart café, serving hearty portions of scrumptious meals and decadent desserts, served with tea and coffee to match anything you will find in the city. In winter it’s the perfect spot to spend time with good friends, good food and great coffee in front of the big wood fire place.

Voted by Trip Advisor as the #1 place to eat in Collie for almost four years, they pride themselves on their outstanding customer service and strive to make your visit one that will keep you coming back for more. And come back they do, especially for the Spicy BBQ Ribs!

Are you looking for gluten free or vegan meals? They have that covered as well with a great range of gluten free, dairy free and vegan options available.

A warm welcome at the Colliefields - Those spicy Ribs

Trail Friendly Accommodation

A hundred years ago The Colliefields Hotel would have been “The Place” to stay when travelling through Collie and it still is today for the many mountain bike riders and bush walkers who visit every week. The Colliefields is a member of both the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Track Foundations and offers clean single, twin, double, en suite and dorm rooms at prices you can’t go past. With breakfast and secure bike storage included and trail transfers available, what more do you need? Maybe somewhere to have food and clothing parcels delivered to? No Worries, they can handle that as well. Just ring ahead to let them know!

Accommodation to suit singles, couples and groups - Guests Lounge, many a great trail story has been told here!

Pet Friendly

The Colliefields is also pet friendly and welcomes you and your well behaved pets. 

You will find the Colliefields at 91 Throssell St, Collie WA.

Open for Breakfast and Lunch. Check their Facebook Page for current open hours

They can be contacted on 9734 2052 or email them at welcome@colliefields.com

Today we visit the Kiosk at the Dam – Wellington National Park

The scenic drive along Wellington Dam road just west of the Collie CBD brings you to the turn offs for popular Honeymoon Pool & Potters Gorge campsites and day visit areas. But if one ventures further along, past these intersections they will come across a true gem and a hub for all things ‘Welly Dam”

Hire a bike, have a delicious bite to eat or book your Glamping accommodation at the Kiosk. While you’re visiting check out the areas amazing outdoor activities that allow you to enjoy life, find peace in nature or quite simply, unwind!
This family run kiosk (hosts Diane and Stephen ) is noted for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Touring caravans and pitched tent campers are welcome at the newly renovated Potters Gorge. Check out their ‘Glamping’ (glamour camping) options – a great way to have a short break from the rigours of daily life, without any of the “work” required to set up your own camp.

On this particular day Diane was busy re-stocking the pastries cabinet and Stephen was directing me all over the park with various maps and brochures with a barrage of information regarding the highlights and attractions. They are true experts on the area and the Kiosk is well worth being your first port of call when visiting the National Park.

Wellington National Park consists of 17, 000 hectares of Western Australia’s unique jarrah, marri and yarri (blackbutt) forests. The icon and central feature of the park is the beautiful Collie River Valley with its ancient valley gorge. It offers camping and a range of recreational activities including fishing, swimming, rafting, canoeing and bush walking.

Experience the breathtaking views across the calm waters of Wellington Dam and down the picturesque valley from the dam lookout. Get more from your visit by camping at beautiful Honeymoon Pool or recently upgraded Potters Gorge.

The area is popular all year round with magnificent shows of some of the 300 species of colourful wildflowers every spring and over 70 bird species. You may even spot a unique animal such as a chuditch, quenda, quokka, brushtail possum, woylie or western ringtail possum.

Getting there

Wellington National Park is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Perth and 30 minutes from Bunbury or Collie and is ideally situated for day or overnight visits being close to Perth and all other centres of the South West.