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 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.
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 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.
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!