Currawong Pump Track

The Currawong Pump Track is  located at Potters Gorge campsite/day use area, about 2 hours south of Perth in the Wellington National Park, just inland from Australind/Bunbury. The road is sealed all the way. There is ample parking and very clean, odour free, composting toilets. No drinking water available.

What exactly is a pump track?

A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping” – meaning to create momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing. (Wikipedia)

But however you ride it, it is great fun!

Great fun for all ages

The track is suitable for all ages, from the littlest riders still on trainer wheels, with the cutest little log roll overs and some serious rollers and berms (banked up curves) for the bigger kids. We have even seen a few dads doing laps of the course!
If the older kids want a bit more of a challenge, the 10 km Sika Trail runs right through the area as well.

There is no seating in the direct vicinity of the bike track, so if the younger kids need supervision, it may be advisable to bring your own folding chairs. There is no shortage of shade to sit under though.

Make a Day of it!

There are gas BBQs, seating and shelters in the day use area and full on camp kitchens if you decide to camp out. 

The Kiosk at the Dam is a short drive away and offer ice creams, cold drinks, hot coffee, burgers, sandwiches, pies and delicious home made cakes! Choose to sit indoors or dine ‘alfresco’ with views of Wellington Dam and blue wrens at your feet, literally!

So next time you head out to the National Park, remember to pack the bikes. 

Currawong Pump Track

A short video by MTB Guidebook of the Currawong Pump Track

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The Rapids have a rather special secret

The Rapids are the first stop along Lennard Drive in Wellington National Park, Collie WA and they have a rather special secret!

The Rapids on the Collie River below Wellington Dam

The Rapids

Follow the signs towards Honeymoon Pool from the Kiosk at the Dam and watch out for The Rapids sign on your right. The one way road is sealed all the way, so there is no need for 4WD. Lennard Drive winds it’s way along the river, affording some spectacular views of the river below. Remember to observe the speed limit and drive carefully. 
Swimming at The Rapids is not recommended. The rocks are slippery and there is a real risk of falls and injuries, but tucked away upstream is something rather special!

The Secret

When you leave the car park and head down towards the river, there is a track on your right heading past the toilet. If you follow the track you will come to an amazing pool where you can swim or kayak. There are steps down into the cool refreshing waters and the  water is so clear that you can see the bottom.
Picnic tables are provided, so pack some goodies and plan to stay a while. There are no bins in this area. Please remember to do the right thing and take all your rubbish home with you. The money that would be spent emptying bins can be put to better use providing other facilities instead.

The Secret Pool above the Rapids

Camping

You can’t camp at The Rapids, but there are camping facilities a short drive away at Honeymoon Pool and Potters Gorge. (Click here for bookings) But if you prefer a bit more comfort, the Collie River Valley Tourist Park have camping facilities, onsite cabins and piping hot showers.

Go to town

The town site of Collie is about 20 minutes away and boasts two 7 day supermarkets, 24/7 fuel, several historic pubs, some excellent modern cafes, history, art, museums, kids playgrounds, free water park and a huge camping store.

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.

Glen Mervyn Dam. Free waters edge camping that’s dog friendly!

Getting there and getting set up...

Glen Mervyn Dam is situated 20km south of the Collie CBD. The dam is popular with picnickers, campers and water skiers alike. The eastern side (highway side) is reserved for day use only. Perfect for a picnic and a swim, leaving the western side available for campers. To access the western side you take Best Road which is just prior to the main parking area. This unsealed access road features a small bridge taking you across a stream and into the forest. The first available camping areas are to your left soon after the bridge, they are waters edge and offer great views directly up the length of the dam. Well shaded by large trees and enough space for a large group or a few smaller groups.

Western Shore access road

You may continue on the access road a little further, keeping an eye out for your next left turn. Here you will be faced with a fork in the road. Take the left and it will lead you down a track to the first lot of campsites on the western banks.

The track has some erosion ruts but is accessible if you take your time and pick the best line. There are three separate campsites here. They are directly opposite the boat ramp and day visit area on the eastern shore.

Alternatively at the fork in the road, head right and follow the track for another few hundred meters to access the next few campsites. Here there is a large area that would suit many smaller camps or a few larger groups. Again the access road down to the sites has some erosion ruts but is accessible. At the time of our visit there was a family setting up a camper trailer on one of the sites. This area has the only supplied toilet facility at Glen Mervyn. BYO toilet paper is a must. If your site is too far from the toilets, please be responsible and dispose of your toilet paper in a bin bag to take home. Also there are no fires allowed at Glen Mervyn. So make sure you bring a camp stove.

Continue on the same access road and you will come across the sites on the south western shore adjacent to the dam wall. Being a free camp the facilities are basic. Everything you want or need must be brought in. And importantly, everything you bring in, you must take out with you again when you leave. There are no bins, so please practice responsible camping and follow the “Leave no Trace” philosophy. Overall Glen Mervyn was very tidy on the day of our visit, however we did still manage to collect quite a bit of rubbish to bring home. Some of the bush just adjacent to the sites are littered with toilet paper. Campers may not be aware but the world famous Bibbulmun hiking trail runs directly behind the campsites and over the dam wall. When we hiked this section of the trail a year ago it was covered in disposed toilet paper. It’s so bad in fact the Bibbulmun Track Foundation are actually considering re-aligning the trail away from Glen Mervyn due to the complaints from hikers having to wade through toilet paper on their hike. This would be a great shame as the sight of hiking along the shores of the dam are a true highlight in this section of the Bibbulmun and it would be a terrible loss if they were to deviate from it. 

Toilet facilities and Bibbulmun Track
Family and Pet Friendly Fun

What to do once you're here...

Aside from your standard camping fare, there are also plenty of activities to keep you and the family amused once you’ve set up camp. Fish and marron are stocked in the lake. You may be lucky enough to hook Redfin Perch, Rainbow or Brown Trout. A freshwater Angling License is required to fish at Glen Mervyn. More information about licensing requirements and catch limits you can go to www.fish.wa.gov.au

Marron are a prized freshwater crayfish. The Marron season is very short to protect numbers and the breeding cycle. The season runs from 12 noon 8th January – 12 noon 5th February annually. A recreational marron license is required and there are restrictions on the way you may catch the shellfish. Massive fines apply to those not abiding by the rules.

As previously mentioned the Bibbulmun Track which runs 1000km from Perth to Albany passes right through Glen Mervyn. You can follow the Yellow Wagyl markers placed on trees from the dam wall to the Mumballup Pub. It’s about an hour or so bushwalk and you’ll be well rewarded with a great meal, a cool drink and perhaps even some live music!

Fishing and Marroning information

Skiing information...

Water skiing is also a popular past time at Glen Mervyn Dam. Most weekends during the warmer months there will be a few boats enjoying some high speed thrills. There rules which ensure the safety of everyone at the campsite. 

There are signs displaying all relevant information and a map showing the limit of the ski area, information on the direction of skiing and info regarding the use of Jet Skis, speed limits etc.

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, near Honeymoon Pool, in Wellington National Park, WA. Just two hours south of Perth, it makes the prefect weekend getaway.

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 or one of the servos in Collie.

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. 

Or you may prefer to choose one of the walk trails that pass close by.

Tracks and Trails

Several magnificent trails can be accessed from this spot including the  Jabitj Trail (Hiking) or the Kurliiny Tjenangitj , 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.

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.
Classic Aussie bush.
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

One Step Closer to RV FRIENDLY

With the installation of two new dump points, Collie is one step closer to becoming a fully RV Friendly town.

The free dump points are located at the Collie Visitor Centre and the long vehicle bay at the eastern entrance to town.

Long VehicleParking

There are several places around own where you can park long vehicles safely

  • Collie Visitor Centre at the western end of town
  • The long vehicle bay at the eastern end of town
  • The PCYC car park on the corner of Prinsep and Forrest Sts, near the lights – opposite Coles
  • On Johnston St, behind Coles

Public Toilets and Showers

You will find toilets and/or showers at the following locations

  • Collie Visitor Centre at the western end of town – toilets and hot showers
  • The long vehicle bay at the eastern end of town – toilets and hot showers
  • Central Park in the CBD on Forrest St – toilets and cold showers

Drinking Water

Drinking water is available at the Collie Visitor Centre. You can fill up caravan tanks for a gold coin donation.

Low Cost Camping

There are several options for low cost camping in town or close by that have plenty of room for large vans and motor homes

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Stockton Lake
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Collie River Valley Tourist Park

Medical Facilities

We have a good variety  of medical facilities, including a modern refurbished hospital should the need arise

  • Collie River Valley Medical Centre, Harvey St 97344111
  • Collie Medical Group, Johnston St 97341233
  • Collie Hospital, Deakin St 97351333
  • Collie Terry White Pharmacy, Forrest St 9734 3700
  • Greg’s Pharmacy, Throssell St 97344446