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.