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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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