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 pup 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 verandahs, Jarrah panelling 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

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 and dorm rooms. All at very affordable prices.

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Comfy beds

 Free breakfast

Breakfast selection

A scrumptious, continental breakfast is included with 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 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.

Weekdays they open at 7.30am to 3.30pm and weekends from 8am to 3pm for anytime breakfast and lunch.

Open late Thursday evenings  until 7.30ish except during school holidays.

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.