Collie is an outdoor adventure playground nestled in a scenic forested valley in the Darling Ranges. All the beauty, challenges and thrills of the South West bushland are right here. Think white water rafting, water skiing, canoeing, bush camping and fishing, plus bushwalking and mountain biking on some of the world’s greatest long distance trails.
Hitting the freeway south from Perth, you can be here in just over two hours – making it an easy weekend getaway.
Or perhaps you’d prefer to start your adventure in Perth and hike the world-class Bibbulmun Track from Kalamunda, or take the Munda Biddi mountain bike trail from Mundaring bound for Collie and the South West countryside beyond.
The many walking trails and scenic drives that start from Collie lead through large stands of jarrah, marri, sheoak and blackbutt forests to the Collie River, Wellington National Park and Harris Dam.
Head for the upper reaches of the Collie River in winter and spring to ride the white water rapids below the wall of Wellington Dam. Or for something more sedate, paddle the tranquil waters of Minninup Pool in a kayak or canoe.
You can take a journey into Collie’s mining history too, with a visit to the Replica Underground Coal Mine and the Coalfields Museum. Some of the town’s heritage architecture also gives you a glimpse of its early settler days, from the Old Collie Goods Sheds and All Saints Anglican Church to the Railway Station.
A stay in Collie gives you the chance to experience a true Australian country hotel or farm stay, as well offering motels, bed and breakfasts and a caravan park.
Visit in springtime (September to November) and you’ll see the valley come alive with the blooms of colourful wildflowers, adding extra drama to your Collie adventure.