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.

Potters Gorge – Lakeside Camping

Potters Gorge is situated in the magnificent Wellington National Park, only two hours south of Perth and not far from the well known Honeymoon Pool. 

Plenty of room

Unlike Honeymoon Pool, Potters Gorge is a large, spacious camp ground with 54 individual sites and plenty of room for the biggest caravans and motor homes.

Some sites are designed with soft pads for tents. Many of the sites have views over the dam and they are all shaded by towering jarrah and marri trees. The road is sealed all the way to the campground.

Bookings are essential and can be made online at https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay Fees: Adults $11, Cons $7 and Child $3 per night.  (When booking you can see which sites can fit the larger vans and motor-homes)

Generators are allowed at certain times of the day, but why spoil the tranquility.

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Everyone loves a campfire!

Campfires

Each site has it’s own picnic table and fire pit. (Remember to check fire restrictions as they vary at different times of the year and huge penalties apply if you light fires at the wrong time)

Limited wood is provided and in the cooler months of year it is often wet, so you may like to bring some from home or grab a bag of dry wood at the nearby Kiosk at the Dam. (Check their Facebook page for open times.)

There are several well equipped camp kitchens with room for larger groups

Recently redeveloped

Potters Gorge was revamped a couple of years back and boasts smart modern camp kitchens and gas BBQs. The toilets are the composting variety, but well maintained and impeccably clean.

Some of the toilets are designed to allow wheelchair access and nearby campsites are reserved for people with disabilities and mobility issues. See the map above for disabled facilities.

Room for the kids to spread out and burn up some energy

Plenty to do

Boating, kayaking and swimming are allowed on the dam and the Currawong Pump (bike) Track is right next to the camp ground, so don’t forget to pack the kids bikes.

Several magnificent walks can be found in the park, including  the Jabitj Trail that follows the river all the way from the Kiosk to Honeymoon Pool, the Sika Trail that passes right by the campground and the brand new Wiilman Bilya Trail, accessed from the Sika Trail.

Explore one of the trails. This is the new Wiilman Bilya Trail. 

Go exploring

The Kiosk at the Dam serve fantastic light lunches and refreshments. While there don’t miss the opportunity to view the Dam from the lookout platform.

From the Kiosk, head down below the dam and cross the river. Watch out for the signs to Lennard Drive. There are four fantastic swimming and picnic spots along the drive; The Rapids, Big Rock, Little Rock and Long Pool, before you arrive at Honeymoon Pool

The secret pool above The Rapids

When to visit

Potters Gorge is well worth a visit at any time of the year, but most popular in the summer months. It can get very busy on school holidays and long weekends but is often near deserted during the week. With the new booking system up and running it is easy to see if there are sites available and how busy it is likely to be.

Head into town

The scenic town of Collie is only a short drive away with Coles and Woolies open 7 days and 24 hour fuel. 

With 5 historic pubs, a country bakery and several stylish cafes you won’t have trouble finding somewhere for a tasty lunch or hearty dinner. See The Colliefields, Wagon 537, The Feddy or Harris River Estate. 

Don’t miss Collie Canvas and Camping World. they have the best range of camping equipment outside Perth.

Browse the website and our Facebook page for heaps of fantastic activities for all the family, including great food and wine, history and art, tracks and trails.

We hope to see you soon, in the Collie River Valley.

Stones Brook – the ultimate intimate camping experience

Stones Brook is one of two lesser known camping spots in Wellington National Park, WA. (The other one is Gelcoat Rapids)

Stones Brook is located off River Rd about 150m from the Honeymoon Pool campground. It’s well signed and easy to find. 

There are 17 sites; all shaded and with their own picnic tables and seating. The sites on the left hand side of the road  are arranged along the creek, Stones Brook and are just a short walk back to Honeymoon Pool. There are composting toilets and a spacious campers kitchen including a sink,  gas cook top and BBQs.

The sites are marked A to Q

Unique secluded sites

But, the campsites on the right hand side of the road are just a little bit special. Each one has it’s own car park space just off the track and a short path into a very private, secluded camping space, surrounded by the natural bush. There is plenty of room for a modest size tent and your very own picnic table. Some even have a lovely timber deck.

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These sites have room for one car and a short path leading to a secluded campsite

Because these beautiful campsites are surrounded by trees, campfires are not allowed, even in the winter months, so you will need to bring your own gas fired cooking stove.

Composting toilets are provided, but no showers.

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Your own little secluded bush hide away

Bookings are essential…

Bookings are essential and there is a map on the booking site to assist you select your site. There is little internet access in the park so it is advisable to book before you arrive.  https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay Because it is in a National Park you cannot take dogs with you unfortunately.

Head into town…

The town of Collie is only a short drive away and well worth a visit. The supermarkets are open 7 days a week to stock up on essential supplies and there are a variety of awesome places to eat. We can recommend The Colliefields for lunch or perhaps Wagon 537 for alfresco in Central Park. With several historic pubs to choose from for dinner there is no shortage of choice. If you are into authentic Thai food, 8 Thai Ladies is a favourite with the locals.

How to get there…

The road in is sealed all the way to the campground and well signed. Just take Wellington Dam Rd off the Coalfields Hwy and watch out for River Rd on your right. You will see the signs to Honeymoon Pool, Stones Brook and Gelcoat Rapids a few kilometres further on.

Gelcoat Rapids – Your very own river paradise

GELCOAT RAPIDS is a small secluded campground, nestled beneath the trees, just downstream from Honeymoon Pool, in Wellington National Park, WA just two hours south of Perth.

Group Camping

With room for just 7 tents it is perfect for small groups camping together. (There is no access for caravans or camper vans at this site) It can get busy, but if you avoid school holidays and long weekends, or visit mid week you could easily have the whole place to yourself.

Bookings

Modest fees apply and you must book online before arriving as internet service is limited in the park  https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay

Fires

Fires are allowed in designated fire places during the cooler weather. (Always check current fire restrictions before lighting a fire.) Some wood is provided, but it is often damp in the cooler weather so remember to pack some dry kindling or grab a bag at the Kiosk at the Dam on your way in.

Private river access

Access to the river is via a short path leading to a lovely private spot to launch the canoe or have a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.

Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the birds and the gentle breeze in the trees

The famous Honeymoon Pool is only a two minute walk away but with all this to your self you might just decide to stay put.

Explore

There are miles of river to explore in both directions.

You can paddle through quiet tree lined pools, shimmering with the reflections of the peppermint trees lining the river banks or head upstream and try your hand at some of the rapids. 

Tracks and Trails

Several magnificent trails can be accessed from this spot including the  Jabitj Trail (Hiking) and Kurliiny Tjenangitj Trails, The Sika Trail and the epic Munda Biddi. (Dual use – hike or bike)

Bike Hire

If you don’t have your own bikes or don’t have room in the car to bring them down, you can hire bikes from the Kiosk at the Dam or Crank’n Cycles In Collie

Head into town

The town of Collie is only a short drive away with 7 day supermarkets and 24 hour fuel. Grab a coffee at Wagon 537 or a bite to eat at The Colliefields. Be sure to check out Collie Canvas and Camping World while you are there for all the latest camping gadgets and equipment.

For a small fee, you can freshen up with a hot shower at the Collie Visitor Centre before heading to the shops.

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.

Collie River Valley Tourist Park – The perfect base to explore the Collie River Valley

Located just over 2 hours south of Perth WA, Collie River Valley Tourist Park is the perfect base to explore the region. Whether you seek the tranquility of a secluded swimming spot, the challenge of a hiking or mountain bike trail or the thrill of high energy motor sports you are only a stones throw away while staying at the park.  All this in a town full of history and fantastic dining experiences. Sound interesting? Then read on!

About the park…

The park is spacious with 80 odd sites and is in a beautiful, quiet bush setting. Some of the caravan bays come with shade shelters and the tents sites are secluded and private. There are a number of onsite cabins available with everything provided, including clean fresh linen. All the toilets, showers and laundries have been recently refurbished and are kept immaculately clean. There is a fantastic all weather campers kitchen including cooking facilities, tables and chairs, pots, frying pans, even crockery. Just bring your own food. It even comes with a big tele, pool table, dart board and kiddies toys corner. Adjacent to the kitchen is a modern BBQ and gazebo area.

Pets are welcome too!

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Onsite cabins

Pitch ‘n Pack

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Tents for 1 - 4 people are also available

Fancy camping but don’t have all the gear? Or just don’t need the hassle of packing it all in the car!

No worries. The staff at the Park will set up their tent or camper trailer for you, so within a few minutes of arriving you will be sitting back relaxing with a nice cold drink in hand. After all that’s what you came for, isn’t it?

You can choose between tents suitable for up to four people or a camper trailer that will sleep up to six.

Each set up comes with stretcher beds and mattresses, table and chairs and access to the fully equipt campers kitchen. Just bring your own bedding and towels.

 

About the town…

Established in the late 1800s after the discovery of coal,  the town still has many of the original, magnificent old buildings, including several well preserved historic pubs, where you can indulge in a typical pub meal washed down with your favourite beverage.

The old Road Board Building opposite the Visitor Centre now houses a fantastic museum and if you are into trains check out the steam engines at the Visitor Centre and the Bill Weirs Rolling Stock Shed on Forrest St.

While you are at the Visitor Centre, ask about a tour of the Replica Underground Coal Mine.

 

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Premier Hotel, built 1901 - Collie Town Centre

What to do…

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Enjoy some fine food and wine

SAMPLE SOME GOOD FOOD AND WINE

Collie boasts a wide choice of excellent cafes and restaurants, each with their own unique style and menu.

Harris River Estate Winery  is only 5 kms from town,  but if a country pub and cold beer are more your style you are not short for choice.

You can also choose from a variety of cuisines including Western, Chinese, Indian and Thai.

TRACKS N TRAILS There are numerous  mtb trails accessible from Collie, including the  Wagyl Biddi in town and  the Arklow Trails on Harris River Road. (Rays, Dead Cats and Marty’s)

The long distance Bibbulmun and Munda Biddi Tracks pass through town and are ideal for short single day hikes or longer adventures.

Wellington National Park is home to the Mt Lennard MTB Trails and a series of walk trails that follow the river or climb high above the valley. (JabitjKurliiny Tjenangi and Sika Trails)

Bike hire is available from the caravan park.

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The Rock Pile on Marty's Trail
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Honeymoon Pool, Wellington National Park

FIND A PICNIC OR SWIMMING SPOT Only a stones throw from the caravan park, Minninup Pool is a firm favourite with locals for a swim or picnic.

No holiday in Collie is complete without a swim in the azure blue waters of the popular Black Diamond or the less known Stockton Lake

Wellington National Park is home to several fantastic swimming spots including Potters Gorge and Honeymoon Pool, frequently voted one of the top swimming spots in Australia. Or explore Lennard Drive and find your own secluded spot. Local tip: Check out the pool above the rapids.

GRAB SOME ACTION AT THE COLLIE MOTORPLEX 

Only 15 mins east of Collie and with 1.6 km of bitumen race track, the action is fast and furious. Car racing, motorbike racing, drift events and burnout competitions every weekend of the year.

Entry is free for most events and the canteen prices are very reasonable making it a great family day out without breaking the bank

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Always plenty of fantastic looking machines at Collie Motorplex
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Donnybrook Apple Fun Park - Photo, Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Council

VENTURE FURTHER AFIELD

Take a drive to Donnybrook, the home of the Lady Williams apple and the incredible Apple Fun Park .  It is the biggest, free entry playground in Australia and will keep the kids busy for hours. Don’t forget to stop at the Fruit Barn or one of the road side stalls and purchase some delicious local fruit in season.

Gnomesville, King Jarrah and the lovely Ferguson Valley wineries and breweries are all within 45 minutes of your accommodation and offer several options to sample some good food and wine and a great day out!

Sold…?

Patrick and Lorna will be your hosts and you can give them a call on 9734 5088 to book your site or cabin

Or check out prices and book through the website at http://www.colliecaravanpark.com.au/

King Jarrah – King of the Forest

Royalty – Right here in the Collie River Valley!?

Only 25 minutes from the Collie CBD sits the King Jarrah Tree; the biggest tree in this forest. It sprouted a few hundred years ago before Captain Cook and his mates turned up.

How to get there

Take Mungalup Rd out of Collie and turn left onto King Tree Rd. Enjoy the well maintained unsealed road through the scenic forest.

You will find this forest giant at the end of the 45 m long board walk, where you can sit in complete silence, except for the bird song and gentle rustle of the wind in the trees.

King Jarrah is estimated to be between 300 and 500 year’s old and stands a majestic 36 m tall. It has survived bush fires, storms, lightening and insect attacks.

**King Jarrah is one of the few places we have visited where there has been not a scrap of litter to be seen. We would love to keep it that way. Please remember to take your litter home with you.

King Tree Road access.
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Discover King Jarrah!
King Jarrah himself.

Wheel chair friendly

With a small amount of assistance King Jarrah is accessible to people using a wheel chair or with limited mobility.

Please note; there are no toilets at this location. The nearest facilities (including disabled toilets) are located  at the Kiosk at the Dam in Wellington National Park, a 15 minute drive away.

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.

Trail Section.
Great views.
Spot for a rest.
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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HONEYMOON POOL – Winter Wonderland

After all the rain we have had Honeymoon Pool is looking a treat. Everything is covered with the most amazing green moss and fungi and looks like something out of a wonderland movie set.

It’s too cold for swimming but there are plenty of other activities to keep everyone busy and you are likely to have most of the campsite to your self at this time of year.


Walk Trails

The weather is perfect for hiking at the moment, so why not try one of the trails that pass through the park?


Kurliiny Tjenangitj

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Photo:Ashley Cooper-Grant
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The view across the valley from the lookout

The Kurliiny Tjenangitj starts at Honeymoon Pool and follows the river upstream before winding its way up the hillside to a lookout, with views right across the river valley and to the distant hills.


Jabitj Trail

Or perhaps the Jabitj Trail that follows the river all the way to the Kiosk at the Dam?

There is a whole network of trails, including the epic Munda Biddi that you can use to make your own adventure. Why not take the Jabitj Trail to the Kiosk and then come back along the Sika and Munda Biddi? Check out the map for more ideas.
Some of the trails are dual walking and mountain bike so don’t forget to pack the bikes.


All Day Campfires

Or maybe just relaxing by the campfire.

You can have a campfire all day at this time of year. There’s nothing like sitting around a roaring campfire till late into the evening, toasting marshmallows and watching the dancing flames

Bacon and eggs for breakfast, sausage sizzles for lunch and something in the camp oven for dinner. 

Limited firewood is provided, so you might like to bring some from home or grab some from The Kiosk at the Dam. 

And don’t forget you need to book your camp-site online before you arrive if you plan on staying overnight.

https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-stay

 


Hit The Town!

The town of Collie is only a short drive away and the Visitor Centre will be able to give you plenty of ideas of things to do in town and great places to eat. The underground coal mine and museum are very popular and great indoor activities for this time of year. The Visitor Centre also offer hot showers if you want to freshen up before hitting the town after a couple of days camping out.