Nestled at the top of the Darling Scarp, Collie River Valley beckons adventure enthusiasts to the great outdoors. Whether your heart longs for camping, kayaking, hiking, or mountain biking, this scenic region unfolds its wonders. Tracks and trails weave through the landscape, embracing the incredible Collie River, the renowned Munda Biddi Trail, and the world-famous Bibbulmun Track.
Approximately 200km south of Perth, the picturesque town of Collie, located in the heart of Collie River Valley, emerges as a diverse destination. Once considered a coal mining town, its heritage entwined with the mining, forestry, and railway industries, Collie has evolved into the state’s premier trails town. Rich in arts and culture, the town boasts a remarkable gallery and an impressive mural trail that weaves through its streets.
As dawn breaks, The Wagon, housed in a heritage train wagon, becomes a must-stop coffee spot. Locals and cyclists gather for a caffeine fix and indulge in fluffy buttermilk pancakes and other delectable brunch dishes. Kiosk at the Dam, a licensed venue, offers a satisfying menu of locally sourced pies and freshly made sandwiches, providing an excellent base for exploring Wellington National Park. For a refreshing pre or post-cycle boost, the centrally located Whisk Nutrition Studio serves up protein-rich smoothies and teas.
If pub fare is your craving, classic heritage-style hotels like the Feddy (Federal Hotel) and The Victoria Hotel offer wholesome country classics. The refurbished Colliefields opens its doors for dinner, presenting a menu of tasty appetizers, pastas, ‘off the grill’ dishes, and pub classics. The Crown has also recently been refurbished and offers great food, local Bungeo wines and craft beers! You won’t want to leave.
For a laid-back afternoon, head to Harris River Estate and savour their estate-made wines on the balcony overlooking the expansive vineyard and jarrah forest. The boutique gins, such as Lemon Myrtle and Wildflower gins, offer a delightful twist. The world-class Espresso Gin is sure to put a spring in your step.
Collie has earned its reputation as Western Australia’s major mountain biking destination, featuring over 20 trails for beginners and pros. The Wambenger Trails network, including the recently added Kylie Track, offers opportunities for all skill levels. The Arklow Trails, Wagyl Biddi trail, and the challenging Munda Biddi Trail, diverting through Collie, beckon biking enthusiasts. You can hire a bike from Kiosk at the Dam or Collie’s Crank’n Cycles and create your own experience. Not sure where to go? Why not opt for a guided tour with Adventure Connections, Forest Explorers, Traaverse or Outback Horse Trails. The options are diverse and the experiences are always memorable.
For those who prefer their feet on the ground, the famous Bibbulmun Track traverses the stunning old-growth jarrah forests. The new section of the Wiilman Bilya Trail, opened in 2022, takes hikers through Wellington National Park, passing through Potters Gorge for a multi-day hike around Wellington Dam. Book a tour with local experts, Forest Explorers, for insights into wildflowers, conservation, and native flora and fauna.
Cool off in the inland water spots of Collie River Valley, starting with the culturally significant Minningup Pool, perfect for swimming, canoeing, or picnicking. Explore the natural swimming pools along the Collie River in Wellington National Park and kayak in Stockton Lake. The serene Honeymoon Pool, surrounded by peppermints and jarrah and marri forest, and the vibrant Black Diamond Lake offer picturesque retreats.
For adrenaline junkies, Collie Motorplex features a 2.7km race circuit, 1/8th mile club level drag strip, and purpose-built burnout pads, hosting events throughout the year.
Immerse yourself in Collie’s history, commemorating its 125th year. The Collie Visitor Centre offers insights into heritage buildings, early Indigenous areas, and a tour of the Replica Coal Mine. Explore the Collie Coalfields Museum, a local history treasure trove.
Discover Collie’s cultural side with a monumental mural painted across Wellington Dam Wall and the Collie Art Gallery, showcasing a diverse and impressive exhibition program. The Goods Shed hosts fortnightly Sunday markets, offering an array of local goods. Adjacent, the Rolling Stock Shed witnesses the restoration of old rail carriages.
Whether seeking an experience in nature or cozy creature comforts, Collie accommodates all. Camp under the stars at Honeymoon Pool and Potter’s Gorge, or enjoy water-based fun at Lake Kepwari. Black Diamond Lodge offers a hiking base with creature comforts, while Red Tail Retreat provides relaxed luxury. Wake up to picturesque scenery at Harris River Estate‘s self-contained chalets, the perfect base to explore the exquisite estate. Collie River Valley unfolds its diverse offerings to every visitor, creating a memorable experience in the embrace of nature and culture.