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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The 220 Trail

The 220 Trail has kinda been around for some time. Originally hand built, it has recently been professionally reworked.

The trail head is across the road from Ray’s Trail car park and goes right out to Harris Dam. The 220 is 7.1 km long and currently ridden in both directions, so keep a lookout for oncoming riders. Eventually, a new section of trail will be built, linking in to to existing trails, creating a one way loop.

While not particularly technical, it’s designed to be ridden fast. Mostly single track, it winds its way through some magnificent jarrah forest. There is an optional rock pile ride and a few other interesting sections just for fun. It’s rated Blue/Intermediate ability and I reckon it’s a great ride whether you enjoy the challenge of speed or just like taking in the scenery.

If you head out of town on the Munda Biddi you can link into Dead Cats and The 220 and ride all the way to the dam! There are BBQs and picnic tables out there if you fancy stopping a while.

With Dead Cats and Rays Trail in the same area they make a good days riding, providing a variety of different trail features and styles.

The guys at Crank’n Cycles Collie are mtb gurus and will be able to fill you in with maps and directions. They also hire bikes, including e bikes if you don’t have your own.

The guys at Crank’n Collie are mtb gurus and will be able to fill you in with maps and directions. They also hire bikes, including e bikes if you don’t have your own.

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The 220 Trail

Check out this short video by the guys from The MTB Guidebook

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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.

Top 10 Kayaking Spots in the Collie River Valley!

Kayaking Nirvana

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.

 

The Track – MundAl

‘The Track’ is a 4WD track starting in Mundaring, near Perth WA and ending in Albany on the south coast. It is not hard core 4WDing, but it is 900 km of mostly gravel roads, with some amazing scenery and heaps of fun along the way. The Track will eventually be 4000 km long and each section will have it’s own name. This section is known as the MundAL, by combining the names Mundaring and Albany.

You can camp out at various places along the track or chose to stay in one of the towns the Track passes through, such as Collie. Read on for several great suggestions on camping and accommodation, where to eat and what not to miss.

Collie boasts two major supermarkets, open 7 days a week; two fuel outlets, one of which is open 24/7 and numerous specialty stores selling clothing and gift ware.

There are several options for accommodation ranging from a caravan park with tent/van sites and onsite chalets, a back packer style motel, several country pubs and an upmarket motel with modern apartments; plenty of eating places offering a variety of cuisines and some fantastic attractions that are well worth a visit.

Accommodation

You will most likely pass through Collie on the first day and if you are looking for a comfy bed you have a number of choices. Click on the pictures to be redirected for more info and bookings etc. For even more accommodation options contact the Collie Visitor Centre

The Colliefields is very reasonable priced and offers clean rooms, comfy beds and awesome hot rainfall showers. A simple breakfast of cereal, fruit and toast is included in the price of the room.
Collie River Valley Tourist Park offers caravan and tent sites and onsite cabins. The park is known for its immaculately clean facilities.
If you want something a little more up market, The Ridge Motel is a fairly new, modern motel with all the trimmings you would expect. if you really want to indulge, you could even book a spa room.
The Federal Hotel Collie offer comfy clean rooms and serve all the pub favourites for lunch and dinner in the restaurant downstairs, all in a family friendly environment.

If camping is more your style

There are two designated camping spots, in the Collie Shire, along The Track. (For info on other camping spots near Collie click here) Camping and lighting of fires is not allowed outside these areas. Fires are not permitted at Glen Mervyn at any time of the year.

Stockton Lake is situated 10 km east of Collie and although it is a slight diversion from The Track it is well worth it to see the amazing blue water.
Glen Mervyn Campsite is right on The Track, a short drive out of Collie and offers free camping on the banks of the dam.

 

Places to eat

There is no shortage of places to eat in Collie and a good variety of cuisines available. Here are a few of our favourites, but you will certainly find others if you go for a stroll along Throssell or Forrest Sts.

The Colliefields are easy to find on Throssell St and open early for breakfast. They also serve delicious lunches, decadent cakes, superb coffee and a huge range of teas. If you dare, try one of their megashakes.
Wagon 537 are located in Central Park and are open early for breakfast and lunch. They serve up delicious wraps, fantastic burgers, great coffee and fresh juices.
Jax Diner are on the corner of Forrest and Atkinson Sts and open from 7 to 3 on Monday to Saturday. They offer a range of delicious meals and healthy salads. Choose to eat indoors or alfresco.
If you like genuine Thai food then don't miss 8 Thai Ladies on the corner of Forrest and Steere Sts. They are open for lunch and dinner on Tuesday to Saturday and lunch on Sunday and Monday.

 

Things to do in Collie

If you are travelling with kids and they need to let off steam, Central Park and the Water Playground is perfect. In the warmer weather the kids love the free water park and coffee is nearby at Wagon 537.
Soldiers Park is another favourite spot for families with kids. The littlies love the playground and the bigger kids have a blast at the skate park. There is even a Liberty Swing for kids with disabilities.
Here in Collie we are very proud of our A Class Art Gallery that attracts some pretty impressive exhibitions. Check out their Facebook Page for what is on show currently.
Once inside The Replica Underground Mine is just like a real mine. Take the self guided tour, or ring ahead to arrange a tour with a real retired underground miner as your guide.
The Coalfields Museum houses the most amazing collection of items from Collie's coal mining past.
Collie is home to some amazing MTB and Walking Trails suitable for all the family. Check out the #CollieTrails tab on the menu for details

 

Stay safe, be responsible and have fun!

While using The Track, always drive carefully and exercise common sense.

Stay on The Track to avoid the spread of dieback . There is a Car Wash in Collie, where you can thoroughly wash your vehicle, including the underneath, to prevent the spread of disease that can kill our local forests. You will find it on the corner of Throssell and Brunswick  Sts at the eastern end of town.

Avoid causing unnecessary damage to The Track, so others can enjoy it after you. Remember for the people who live in the communities you are passing through, these are their local roads and they need to be able to use them to go about their daily business of getting the kids to school and going to the shops etc.

Carry plenty of water just in case, take all your rubbish away with you, check current local fire restrictions before lighting a fire and consider investing in a camping toilet before you set off, or at the very least a small shovel or trowel to dig a hole with.

But most of all have heaps of fun and bring home some amazing memories!

NOTE: ‘The Track’ is what is known as a live track. The actual route may change seasonally if roads are closed due to fires and floods etc. To get the current route, go to the WA 4WD website a few days before setting off and download the Way Points   DOWNLOAD THE WAY POINTS HERE 

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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.

We Ride the Sika Trail

Dual Use Trail

The Sika Trail is located in Wellington National Park 20 minutes west of Collie. It is a dual purpose trail, suitable for mountain bike riding and bush walking.

Starting at Kiosk at the Dam, it winds its way through some magnificent jarrah and marri bushland, passes Potters Gorge and finishes back at the kiosk, where you can relax with a cold drink and salad roll or hot coffee and delicious home baked cakes at the end of your ride.

The total trail is 10 km but could easily be broken into two separate sections. It took me about an hour and a half to ride the section from Wellington Dam Rd/Potters Gorge to the Kiosk and back again, stopping along the way to rest and take photos and enjoying a refreshing swim at the end of my ride.

The trail is rated as moderate difficulty. Allow 3-4 hours to complete the entire trail depending on your level of experience and fitness and if you are walking or cycling.

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Alfresco in the National Park

Network of Trails to Choose From

The trail is part of a network of trails in the Wellington National Park including the Jabitj and the Kurliiny Tjenangitj  that allow you to ride all the way from the Kiosk at the Dam and Potters Gorge to Honeymoon Pool. The famous Munda Biddi that starts in Mundaring near Perth and goes all the way to Albany on the south coast also passes through the area providing multiple options for walking and cycling adventures.

Don’t Own a Bike?

If you are keen to have a ride but do not own a suitable bike you can hire one from the Kiosk at the Dam or Crank’n Cycles in Collie

TRAIL TOWNS – COLLIE

Collie is a friendly little town on both the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Tracks and we love to play host to the many trail users, who pass through our town each year. So, if you are planning an epic hike or ride and will be passing through Collie in the near future, we have compiled a list of trail friendly businesses and their services.

The Colliefields

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The Colliefields offer clean, budget accommodation with breakfast included. Access to wi-fi and phone recharge facilities, secure bike storage and track transfers for overnight guests.

They accept parcels (posted or delivered) to be collected on your way through Collie and they have a cafe opening early, serving cooked breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

You will find them on Throssell Street. Just look for the big purple building.

The Collie Visitor Centre

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The Collie Visitor Centre offer hot showers for a small fee, clean toilets, secure storage for backpacks while you go shopping (not overnight), maps and info, wi-fi and phone recharge facilities and drop off point for parcels.

Open 7 days a week. Check their Facebook page for hours.

Located at the western end of town, on Throssell St

Crank'n Cycles Collie

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Crank’n Cycles Collie offer an extensive range of bike spare parts and the very best of repair services.

They are open Mon to Fri and Sat am, but if you are broken down a/h, message the shop via Facebook and if someone is available they will have you back on the track in no time.

The staff are all experienced riders and can provide advice on local trails or pretty much anything bike or trail related.

Collie Canvas and Camping World

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Collie Canvas and Camping World stock all the popular gas cartridges, hiking stoves, freeze dried food, thermal underwear, head torches, fly nets, hats, Keen Boots, quality hiking socks, hiking poles and heaps of other useful things for trail users.

They are open Mon to Fri and Sat am. If you are going to be arriving in town a/h message the shop to arrange a pick up point for you, if possible.

Located on cnr Princep and Johnston Sts. Just look for the big green building down from the traffic lights

Collie River Valley Tourist Park

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Collie River Valley Tourist Park offer immaculately clean cabins and ablutions.

They will store parcels for trail users who have booked accommodation. Ring them to arrange.

Powered, tent sites are also available and there is  a seriously well equipped campers kitchen.

PaK-iT Computers

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PaK-iT Computers stock a range of phone chargers and cables, offer access to wi-fi and phone recharge facilities, same day screen replacement services (dependent on screens in stock)

Other Useful Bits and Pieces

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Coles and Woolworths
Open 7 days a week

Bubble O’s Laundromat
Located on Pendleton St
Open 7.30 am to 8 pm daily

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Open 24/7 for fuel

If you need a trail transfer, message us on Facebook and we will try to assist, especially if someone is injured or just had enough. 

Where to Eat

Finding you way around.

Finding your way around is pretty easy. Throssell St is the main street in and out of town and Forrest St is on the other side of the railway line. Most places are on or near either of them.

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A Trail from one Gem to another – The Jabitj

The Jabitj Trail Head is located at the Kiosk near the dam wall in Wellington National Park. It’s a 6km point to point hike that should take around 2 hours to complete. Following the gorgeous Collie River and ending at the stunning Honeymoon Pool, its a trail that is suitable for the whole family and all fitness levels.

On a day where anything could happen...

On a day where anything could happen weather wise, we set off from the Kiosk at the Dam’s car park. The South West of Western Australia has had a series of cold fronts pass through over the last couple of weeks. Winter had announced its arrival. #visitcollie were hoping to squeeze a trail hike in over the next few days. The weather gods weren’t kind and the schedule was pretty tight. However it seemed Tuesday was the best day for it, so here we are.

The Trail Head is located opposite the Kiosk cafe, showing a map and general overview of the trail we learn that it’s 6km long, one way and is a moderately strenuous, undulating walk that occasionally requires climbing over tree trunks. We are to follow a green trail marker with a boot print logo. Not dissimilar to the ones we’re used to from the Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Trails.

Since this is a single point to point track we decided to take two cars and park one at Honeymoon Pool first. Then parking the other near the trail head. If this is not an option, it is possible to start your hike on the Jabitj then link onto the Kurliiny then onto the Sika which will take you back in a loop to the Kiosk. See the DPAW map below.

The Jabitj descends down from the top of the dam wall to the river bellow. This will be the steepest part of the hike, and it’s all downhill! Here we follow the water pipe line for a short section, then intercepting the Collie River we hear the rush of the white water and can just see the Dam wall in the distance. The scenery is strikingly beautiful. Green is the order of the day, recent rains have brought the bush to life, moss and lichen are on almost everything.

The trail takes us through some pretty dense scrub, or “Tree Tunnels” as miss 5 year old calls them. The tree tunnels carry on for quite some time, then all of a sudden we emerge in an open and airy section of the walk. Two hills jut up in front of us, the misty rain creeping through the gap between them. We can hear the river rushing below. It’s a great time to catch up with the family. With busy life stuff, interruptions and distractions its sometimes hard to just talk. Out here, we are free from all of that. #1 wife and I discuss everything from what we’ve been up to this last week, to strategies to tackle miss 5 year olds occasional outbursts.

The way is well marked, just when you’re thinking “we haven’t seen a marker in a while” one appears. Saying that its not really the kind of trail you can get lost on. It’s fairly straight forward, keeping the river on your left, there’s not too many places where you can get turned around.

We pause for a while to enjoy a sandwich and a drink of water before we set off to tackle the next section.

 

The Path runs adjacent...

The path runs adjacent to Lennard Drive, which is on the opposite side of the river and is an absolutely brilliant day out also. There are four locations along the drive where you can park and enjoy really magic picnic and swimming spots along the river. You can read more about Lennard Drive here. Since we were familiar with these four locations, we could gauge how far we were along to Honeymoon Pool. First it was the Rapids, then Big Rock, followed by Little Rock and finally Long Pool. It was pretty great to see these locations from the other bank. If you do this hike in the warmer months, we recommend packing the swimming trunks for a dip!

Along the walk...

Along the walk we are treated to information panels identifying local flora. These panels describe the Noongar use for the plant and a little bit of information about it. As the sun disappears and the clouds darken we quicken a pace just a fraction in anticipation of rain. We are now 2/3’s along the trail and expect to come across Long Pool soon. This will mark the last swimming spot along Lennard Drive which means Honeymoon Pool is close. Out of nowhere we come across a toilet. It’s magnificent!

It's not long until...

It’s not long until we reach the bridge that crosses the river just before Honeymoon Pool. Here the path crosses the road and follows the river for this last stretch. Here we come across a breath taking boardwalk and lookout over the river below. Its well worth a breather here before the final push towards Honeymoon Pool. 

Final Thoughts...

The Jabitj is an absolute cracker. The moderate difficulty rating stated on the trail head sign is probably about right. There’s a few ups and downs and on a couple of occasions we were huffing and puffing. Not enough to really get the heart rate up, but enough to let you know you’re alive. Some nice logs across the path to clamber over and duck under. A few surprises we will let you find for yourself, if you choose to tackle it. Allow 2 hours one way at a gentle pace, stopping for a sandwich and a drink. If you hate hiking up hills, definitely start at the kiosk and walk to Honeymoon Pool, the steep section at the dam wall was pretty impressive and we’re glad we were going down and not up!

Today we tackle the Kurliiny Tjenangitj Trail!

The Kurliiny Tjenangitj (Come and See) trail is a 9km loop commencing at Honeymoon Pool and is delineated by purple footprint markers. The #visitcollie team had heard so much about this trail, we just had to check it out!         

If you prefer, instead of doing the entire loop you can just do the walk to the lookout and back which is 5km return.

The trail is part of a large network of trails within the Wellington National Park, comprising the Kurliiny Tjenangitj, the Sika Trailthe Jabitj Trail and the world famous, long distance Munda Biddi.

As you can see from the adjacent map there are numerous trails within the national park, all with their unique features and offering a wide variety of distances and skill / fitness levels. The Kiosk at the Dam is a great central starting point, especially for the Sika & Jabitj Trails. You can find out more about the Sika trail here

We begin our adventure.

We left the car at Honeymoon Pool and followed the purple footprints upstream along the river to the bridge. There are a couple of boardwalk / lookouts along this section that are well worth pausing at to take in the scenery and take a few photos. The bird life in the area is prolific and there were numerous birds flitting around the tree canopy above. I don’t know the names of a lot of birds but I Iove seeing the brilliant flash of the blue wrens that abound the National Park.

Boardwalk Lookout

Continuing on from the bridge, the trail follows the same path as the Jabitj Trail, upstream along the river for about 1.5km and then heads north and loops around towards the lookout. We found a couple of spots along the river that would be great for a swim in the warmer months and made a note to revisit later in the year

Pro Tip: You can save a few kilometers by parking at the bridge on River Road and starting your walk there.

The Rapids

Now the real adventure begins! The climb up to the lookout is about another 1.5km and gets pretty steep at times. In the early part of the climb the bush was quite dense and dark with several logs to climb over. We were so glad we had brought a drink along. We stopped a few times to take in the tranquility of the bush, or at least that’s what we told each other. The truth is we were realising how unfit we were!

As we climbed higher the forest opened up and we could see right into the canopy of the trees below. But there was still a lot more climbing to do and we were appreciative of the steps that helped us up the otherwise slippery, steep hill. At this point we were wondering what we had gotten ourselves into and we were making good use of the water we had brought along!

The path ahead
Impressive timber

The summit.

It had been a steady ascent for some time, but then suddenly we were there – at the top! And WOW, the views over the river valley below and the surrounding hills were spectacular. It was so worth the effort. We could see all the way across to Big Rock on the other side of the Valley. (You can read more about Big Rock in our Lennard Drive blog here.)

The view from the summit

OK, so getting up there was one thing, but getting down was another! We had three choices: We could go down the way we came up, we could walk the rest of the 8km out and complete the loop or we could call a helicopter for a quick evacuation! (There was just enough phone signal to squeeze a call out!)

At this point the helicopter sounded like a good idea, but we agreed to stop and have a snack and then see how we felt. One always feels better after food!

We’ll let you in on a little secret. We had actually taken our mountain bikes with us. Yes, we had pushed them all the way up that huge great hill and lifted them over all those massive logs. I know, what were we thinking?! It actually turned out to be the saving of us, as we took the 8km trip to complete the circuit and it was downhill most of the way.

Downhill all the way home

The way down.

Completing the loop, the trail heads north then swings around to the east where it meets up with the Munda Biddi, then heads south, back down towards the river. Most of the trail is wide and easy going. Only the last section of the Munda Biddi going down to the river is quite steep. It’s marked with the purple footsteps all the way and is easy to follow. This section of the Munda Biddi is also part of the Sika Trail and connects Potters Gorge campsite and the Kiosk at the Dam. (Confused? Don’t worry, just check out the map and all will become clear!)

We crossed paths with another rider on the Munda Biddi and shared trail stories as one does, before he left us to continue on at a faster pace than we were able to keep up with. Well we had an excuse, we had just carried our bikes up that huge hill, he had only ridden from Mundaring, near Perth! 

Finally we arrived back down at the river and a short ride back to Honeymoon Pool for a BBQ lunch. It was so nice sitting under the graceful weeping peppermint trees watching the reflections dance on the waters of Honeymoon Pool. It was a real shame to have to pack up and head home! (You can read about Honeymoon Pool in our blog here.)

So, how long did the walk/ride take? 

We lost track of the time and considering ours was a hybrid adventure by foot and cycle it may be irrelevant, but we would definitely allow a good half day or more to complete.

So, was it worth it?

Absolutely! Just don’t take your bike up that big hill!