That Classic Aussie Country Pub, it’s why we LOVE the Federal Hotel!

Perched on the hill overlooking town...

Perched on the hill overlooking town, the Federal Hotel or “Feddy” as it’s known has been around since Moses was a boy. It’s been reborn in various stages of its life, today it’s known as Collie’s food and family pub. Featuring a huge dining room, the Feddy can cater for the largest of groups as well as small gatherings. The accommodation upstairs is iconic country hotel simplicity and offers an affordable stay for those weekenders away.

Hands up who loves a great Beer Garden!

No pub is complete without a good alfresco area in our book, the Feddy has the best in town. A large grassed area attracts the little ones for a good run around as Mum & Dad enjoy their lunch. A stage is located in the corner of the yard and often features great cover bands from all around WA.

Through the warmer months the beer garden is packed on a Sunday afternoon as the ubiquitous Sunday Session kicks off. If you’ve not much on list to do early Monday morning, put on your dancing shoes, order a meal from the mouth watering menu and settle in for a big one!

Food, Glorious Food...

The Federal places a strong emphasis on their food and menu which changes each season. Currently on the Summer Menu for a little longer, we recently enjoyed the Spicy Nacho’s – this dish is the real deal with quality beef mince, salsa, corn tortillas, sour cream and jalapenos balanced on top. The perfect dish to share between a group as the sun sets on another weekend.

If communal dining isn’t your thing, you can always choose from the really well thought out menu. Perfectly cooked Steaks, eye watering Parmigianas, Steak Sandwiches are the top of our list and there’s a great selection for the little ones too.

Definitely put the Feddy on the list for lunch or dinner when you’re next adventuring in the CRV. 

Harris River Estate Winery

Harris River Estate Winery, might be the only winery in the Collie River Valley, but with several Gold and Silver Medals under their belt they are set to become a shining light in the wine world. They are also rapidly building a name for themselves in the overseas market and currently export their wines to over 10 provinces in China.

Gold medals…

Established in 2000, with state of the art facilities, they are steadily making a name for themselves alongside wineries who have been in operation for decades longer.

They won their first Gold medals, back in 2008 in the Qantas Wine Show for their 2007 Verdelho and 2007 Chardonnay. The same year they were awarded a 5 Star Rating by James Halliday.

More recently they have been  awarded two gold medals for their  2017 Viognier and 2015 Shiraz and two silver medals for their 2015 Cab Sav and Cab Merlot  by Wine Showcase Magazine.

Harris River Estate owners, Karl and Julie Hillier enjoying lunch on the deck, celebrating their recent win of two gold and two silver medals in Wine Showcase Magazine

Lunch on the balcony…

From Wednesday through to Sunday between 12 to 3.30 they serve delicious Tapas style lunches. In the warmer months you can sit out on the deck over looking the vineyard and dam, with the surrounding jarrah forest in the background. Come winter, they light up the big wood fire to warm the magnificent timber appointed dining room.

Wine tasting and sales…

While there, you can take the opportunity to sample the award winning wines before buying a bottle or few, to take home with you. In addition to wine, they also brew a range of beers, ale and cider, so if wine isn’t your thing, you are not left out!

Interesting facts..

The entire range of Harris River Wines are produced from grapes grown on the Harris River Estate. That means, grown, picked, fermented, bottled and labelled all here at HRE. 

Harvest is often carried out at night when the air is coolest, to ensure that the fruit maintains its unique flavours and aromas. 

When the grapes are harvested there is as little as ten minutes from vine to crusher.

Getting there…

You will find Harris River Estate on Harris River Road, just 5 km north of Collie.

If you are travelling from Perth you can leave the SW Hwy at Wokalup and take scenic Mornington Rd up through the hills and turn left into Harris River Road at the T-junction. The winery is 1.8km up the road on your right.

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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.

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.