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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Dead Cat Trail

The Dead Cat Trail network is by far the most popular with local riders, offering four loops of 3.5 km, 10 km, 15 km and 20 km in length..

How to find it…

The three longer loops can be accessed on Mornington Rd, off Harris River Rd, about 4 km north of Collie, but the 3.5 km loop is accessed from Harris River Rd opposite Rays Trail carpark. 

There is parking at both trail heads but, if you prefer, you can ride the Munda Biddi out from town to Mornington Rd, not far from the start of Dead Cat Trail. Eventually there will be a new trail section to connect the two.

Easy ride…

The 15 km loop is probably the most challenging with some steep uphill sections, but the other loops are less demanding,  with a couple of decent log rides and other interesting features to negotiate.

Trail Network..

From Dead Cat Trail, you can link into Ray’s Trail or The 220, that follows Harris River Rd all the way to Harris River Dam.  At the moment The 220 is a two way trail, so watch out for oncoming riders, but in time a link will be added to create another circuit linking back into Dead Cat.

Artworks…

Someone with a sense of humour has installed a number of ‘artworks’ along the trail. I wonder what stories this old relic could tell us?

Spring flowers…

In Spring the trail is ablaze with wildflowers, if you have time to take in the scenery.

Maps and directions…

For maps and more info, call into Crank’n Cycles Collie. All the guys in the shop are keen riders and know the local trails well. They will be able to help you work out the perfect days riding. 

And for after ride refreshments, Harris River Estate Winery can be accessed directly from Ray’s Trail, Wed to Sun for a light lunch  or the Feddy in town for a right slap up meal.

Oh and why Dead Cat? It has something to do with a dead cat…..

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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!

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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The Wiilman Bilya Trail

This brand new trail can be found in the Wellington National Park, Collie WA and is just the start of what will eventually be an epic trail network. 

The 20 km trail starts at Potters Gorge and winds its way through some magnificent Black Butt and Jarrah forest, over huge moss covered granite out crops, ending at the Coalfields Hwy.

Following the water

For over half of the trail, you have the waters of Wellington Dam on one side and the serenity of the bush on the other, affording some spectacular scenery. 

The trail twists and turns through the forest and the eerie calls of the Black Cockatoos are always present.

Huge, ancient trees

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There are some amazing huge old trees along the trail

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We loved these magnificent, huge grass trees Photo – Holly Fisher

Below are two short videos of the Wiilman Bilya Track. The first one was taken at the Coalfields Hwy end and the other a few km from Potters Gorge. The scenery is quite different but equally as stunning all along the trail.

Nyingarn Campsite

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The brand new Nyingarn Campsite has several timber sleeping platforms and over looks the dam. You will find the campsite about 3.5 km from the Coalfields Hwy

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People would pay a fortune to have dinner with these spectacular views

Eventually the campsite will include 16 tent sites, but that section is currently still under construction.  There are new long drop toilets and rain water tanks.

There is also the option of camping at Potters Gorge, but site must be booked online before arriving https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay

Coalfields Trail Head

Finding the Trail Head from the Coalfields Hwy end can be a bit tricky, so check it out on the map below.

There is a parking area just east of what is known locally as Hamilton’s Bridge. From there you need to exit the car park the way you drove in and follow the hwy over the bridge/causeway. Most of the time you are walking behind the railing along the edge of the road. You will easily find where to access the trail on the other side.

 The trail is marked by brown foot prints.

If you start the trail from this end, you will probably, like us, find the traffic noise distracting at first, but before long the bush closes in around you and the calls of the Cockatoos take over. The only distracting things now are the birds  flitting around the trees and butterflies drifting lazily along the track.

All the Best Swimming Spots in the Collie River Valley

Collie is home to some truly unique swimming spots, including several spectacular river pools, the amazing Blue Lakes and the famous Honeymoon Pool.

Stockton Lake

Spectacular to look at, Stockton Lake can be found just 10 km out of Collie on Piavaninni Rd, off Coalfields Hwy. 

Little Rock

Little Rock is ideal for families with younger children as there is a large shallow pool for them to explore and splash around in while the grown ups are just an arms length away.

You will find Little Rock on Lennard Drive in Wellington National Park. Follow the signs from the Kiosk at the Dam to Honeymoon Pool and watch out for the Little Rock sign.

Long Pool 

Long Pool is also located on Lennard Drive, Wellington National Park and is the perfect spot to cool off on a hot summers day. The waters are refreshingly cool all year round.

Picnic tables are provided and don’t forget to send us that selfie taken on the steps.

Sandy

You will find this perfect yellow sand beach just around the bend, downstream, from Minninup Pool, only five minutes from town on Mungalup Rd. Turn off at Caltex on Throssel St..

If you have 4WD you can park right on the waters edge, otherwise there is some parking on the edge of the track about 20-30m away.

Pets are welcome, but please clean up after them!

Honeymoon Pool

Nestled beneath a fringe of weeping Peppermint trees, Honeymoon Pool is the heart of the Wellington National Park. 

Honeymoon Pool is perfect for all ages. There is a shallow section where littlies can play and splash and a deeper section for swimming and a bombie off the deck if you dare!

Minninup Pool

Minninup Pool is only a definite favourite with locals. Only three km from town, on Mungalup Rd, off Throssell St. The river widens out at this point forming a wide deep pool ideal for swimming and picnics on the banks

Black Diamond

Black Diamond needs no introduction. The magic blue water attracts hundreds of visitors every year. Please remember it is a day use area only, no camping, public toilets are in Allanson (no using the bush) and respect the privacy of the people who live around the lake, because they actually own half of it!

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!