The drive into Collie along the top of the Darling Scarp offers picturesque views of the surrounding jarrah forest, hills and farmland. In addition to its natural beauty, this historic town, nestled on the banks of the Collie River, has a rich coal mining history that can be explored through a tour of the replica underground coal mine or a visit to the Coalfields Museum.
Many visitors now head to Collie for outdoor activities in the Collie River Valley, such as camping, cycling and water sports. The inland lakes are a highlight, especially the beautiful Black Diamond, which has risen to Instagram fame due to its vibrant colour, and Stockton Lake, Glen Mervyn Dam and Potters Gorge, which are popular with water skiers. For canoeing or picnicking, the picturesque Minninup Pool, Potters Gorge or Honeymoon Pool are good options.
There are plenty of options for bushwalkers and mountain bike enthusiasts as the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail pass close to Collie. It is particularly beautiful in spring, as the trails are usually full of wildflowers.
Top things to do in Collie and surrounds
- Visit the new Collie Art Gallery, where there’s an ever-changing collection of exhibits, plus they have locally made pieces of art for sale included wood turned bowls, platters, and vases.
- Have a beer or enjoy a counter meal at one of Collie’s ‘Australiana’ style pubs, which reflect the optimism and prosperity of the early mining days.
- Visit the Rail Heritage Centre (incorporating the Railway Station, Old Goods Shed and Rail footbridge). A miniature train display is set up for young children and big kids alike to enjoy.
- Discover Collie’s history at the Coalfields Museum, housed in the historic 1900 and 1930 Road Board offices. Treasures include a restored barrel organ made in Italy that was used to entertain guests at the former Fontana's Wine Saloon, and a massive letterbox (pillarbox), a relic of the penny postage days.
- Head into the Replica Underground Coal Mine, where a knowledgeable, retired miner will provide an insight into the industry and conditions of the early underground miners through their personal stories and anecdotes.
- Plan a camping weekend at beautiful Honeymoon Pool or the recently upgraded Potters Gorge.
- Enjoy an afternoon of wine or beer tasting on the balcony at Harris River Estate, soaking up the spectacular view while grazing on tasty tapas.
- Spend the day in Wellington National Park. Take in the views across Wellington Dam, or get active four-wheel driving, swimming or mountain bike riding through the various dedicated trails.