Wall mural, Ken Stepnell

Population 7084

Collie is Western Australia's only coalmining town. The surrounding area was first explored in 1829 when Captain James Stirling led a reconnaissance party to the land south of Perth. The region was originally considered ideal for timber production and as pasturelands. However, the discovery of coal along the Collie River in 1883 changed the region's fortunes. In dense jarrah forest, near the winding Collie River, the town has many parks and gardens. The drive into Collie on the Coalfields Highway along the top of the Darling Scarp offers spectacular views of the surrounding forests, rolling hills and farms.

Visitor Information

156 Throssell St; (08) 9734 2051

Nearby national parks

  • Yalgorup National Park

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  • Serpentine National Park

    This delightful park, only an hour’s drive from Perth, has attracted recreational visitors for over a century. They come to picnic...more

  • Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park

    This long, narrow park hugs the south-west coast of Western Australia for 120 kilometres between two prominent capes, Cape Naturaliste in...more

Nearby towns

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  • Harvey

    On the Harvey River, 18 kilometres from the coast, the thriving town of Harvey is surrounded by fertile, irrigated plains. Beef production,...more

  • Australind

    Lying on the Leschenault Estuary and bordered by the Collie River, Australind offers a multitude of aquatic pleasures including fishing,...more

In Town

Tourist Coal Mine Step back in time and gain an insight into the mining industry and the working conditions in underground mines. This replica mine was constructed in 1983 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of coal discovery. Tours by appt only; contact visitor centre for details. Throssell St.

Coalfields Museum: displays of historic photographs, coalmining equipment, rocks and minerals, woodwork by local miner Fred Kohler, a doll house and art housed in the historic Roads Board building; Throssell St.

Collie Railway Station: the rebuilt station houses railway memorabilia, a scale model of the Collie township with model trains, tearooms and a giftshop; Throssell St.

Soldiers' Park: bordering the Collie River, features include a war memorial, rose garden, gazebo and childrens' playground; Steere St.

All Saints Anglican Church: impressive Norman-style church distinctive for its unusual stained-glass windows, extensive use of jarrah timbers and elaborate mural, which in 1922 took renowned stage artist Philip Goatcher 8 months to complete. Tours by appt; contact visitor centre; Venn St.

Old Collie Goods Shed: restoration of rolling stock; Forrest St.

Central Precinct Historic Walk: self-guided walk of historic buildings; contact visitor centre for map.

Collie River Walk: pleasant walk along riverbank; contact visitor centre for map.


Wellington National Park Covering 4000ha, this park is characterised by jarrah forest. Picnic, swim, canoe or camp at Honeymoon Pool or Potters Gorge, or go rafting in winter on the rapids below the Wellington Dam wall. 18km W.

Minninup Pool: where the Collie River is at its widest, ideal for swimming, canoeing or picnicking; off Mungalup Rd; 3km S.

Stockton Lake: camping and waterskiing; 8km E.

Brew 42: microbrewery producing 6 different beers, especially traditional Irish and English ales. Tastings and sales ThursSun or by arrangement; Allanson; (08) 97344784; 8km W.

Harris Dam: beautiful picnic area; 14km N.

Collie River Scenic Drive: views of jarrah forest and wildflowers in season; contact visitor centre for map.

Munda Biddi Trail: starting in the hills near Perth, this bike trail winds through scenic river valleys and forests south to Collie; details from visitor centre.

Bibbulmun Track: sections of this trail pass through Collie; see Albany.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Dolphin Discovery Centre 48 km

This non-profit organisation is committed to education, conservation and research about dolphins, but also provides extraordinary opportunities to interact with these creatures. About 90 wild bottlenose dolphins live in... Find out more

Whitewater rafting – Dwellingup 72 km

Dwellingup Adventures has a one-day rafting trip on the Murray River suitable for novices and children from ten years and upwards. This operator also hire canoes, kayaks, rafts and mountain bikes and, for self-guided... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Ridge

Situated in the Collie Ridge Motel, The Ridge restaurant serves a contemporary menu based on the region’s produce. The menu is hearty, with local Mediterranean and Asian flavours like steak, seafood, pizza, curry... Find out more

Campsites around town

Stockton Lake camping area 7 km

Stockton Lake is 7 km east of Collie off the Collie–Darkan Rd. Beside the old Stockton open-cut mine, now filled with water as an artificial lake, you will find a large, open area among trees, which provide welcome... Find out more

Harris Dam camping area 13 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Harris Dam is 13.5 km from Yourdamung camping area and 41 km from Yabberup camping area.... Find out more

Yabberup camping area 13 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Yabberup is 41 km from Harris Dam camping area and 17.7 km from Noggerup camping area.... Find out more

Potters Gorge camping area 17 km

Fishing, canoeing and bushwalking are popular activities at this forest camping area on the shoreline of Wellington Dam, 29 km west of Collie via Coalfields and Wellington Dam rds. A good range of facilities is provided.... Find out more

Honeymoon Pool camping areas 21 km

These small camping areas set in the shady forest beside the Lower Collie River have a good range of basic facilities in a beautiful natural environment. Swimming and canoeing in the river are popular activities here, as... Find out more

Yourdamung camping area 22 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Yourdamung is 18.7 km from Possum Springs camping area and 13.5 km from Harris Dam camping area.... Find out more

Noggerup camping area 23 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Noggerup is 17.7 km from Yabberup camping area and 21.9 km from Grimwade camping area.... Find out more

Yarri camping area 28 km

The Yarri campsite is on a hillside along a lovely tributary of the Harvey River. This shelter has been designed to take advantage of the slope of the site, with a stunning deck area that looks over the surrounding... Find out more

Possum Springs camping area 36 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Possum Springs is 19.3 km from Dookanelly camping area and 18.7 km from Yourdamung camping area.... Find out more

Grimwade camping area 39 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Grimwade is 21.9 km from Noggerup camping area and 40.1 km from Blackwood camping area.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Bunbury Village 48 km

This is a very good quality park on the highway, 6 km from the city centre. It has some great features including minigolf and a tennis court. Its location makes it an excellent base for a holiday in Bunbury. Bookings are... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Park – Koombana Bay 48 km

Right in the heart of Bunbury, this quality park offers discerning caravanners a range of excellent facilities including a coffee shop and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods. There is a minimum-stay... Find out more

Bunbury Glade Caravan Park 48 km

A good quality park just 3 km south of the city centre, this place has well-maintained grounds and good facilities. It is easily accessible from the Bussell Highway. Bookings are required in January and for long weekends... Find out more

Binningup Beach Caravan Park 50 km

This is a nicely shaded park close to the beach in a small beachside community. It suits the budget-minded traveller out of peak periods. Wood-fired pizzas are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Peppermint Lane Lodge

Close to the scenic Ferguson Valley and Bunbury, the lovely Peppermint Lane Lodge has four cosy rooms, each with separate entrance and ensuite. All the water to the rooms is UV-treated filtered rainwater, and delicious.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Harvey River park area 39 km

At Harvey

Under shady trees on the banks of the Harvey River.

Hoffman Mill Camp Area 40 km

T/O 44 km S of Pinjarra (L) or 56 km N of Bunbury (R)

Large camp area located 18 kilometres east of the highway via Logue Brook Dam Road and Clarke Road. Good facilities and shade.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed. Area closed April–November.

Bunbury South Rest Area 47 km

42 km NW of Margaret River (L) or 57 km SE of Bunbury (R)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Ironstone Gully camping area 53 km

T/O at Donnybrook

Secluded in the bush off Capel Rd 18km south-west of Donnybrook.

Greenbushes rest area 54 km

9km S of Balingup (R) or 17km N of Bridgetown (L)

At the junction with the northern road into Greenbushes.

Nanga Mill camping area 62 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 19km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd.

Chuditch camping area 64 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 17km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd.

Baden Powell camping area 66 km

T/O at Pinjarra to Dwellingup

In the forest of Lane Poole Reserve 10km south of Dwellingup via Nanga Rd. A new campsite is currently being built across the road from the existing one, which will stay open.

Bandicoot Brook rest area 66 km

21km S of Pinjarra (R) or 79km N of Bunbury (L)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Bridgetown park area 67 km

At Bridgetown

At the south end of town on a riverbank.

Marrinup camping area 74 km

T/O at Pinjarra

At a clearing in the forest 24km south-east of Pinjarra via Pinjarra-Williams Rd and Grey Rd (unsealed).

Karri Gully Rest Area 74 km

26 km W of Bridgetown (R) or 19 km E of Nannup (L)

Very small area just off the highway. Good shade.

Jarrah Park rest area 76 km

21km W of Bridgetown (R) or 24km E of Nannup (L)

Small secluded area in the forest.

What's on around town

Market: Old Goods Shed, Forrest St; 1st and 3rd Sun each month (except winter).

Collie Rock and Coal Music Festival: Mar.

Collie–Donnybrook Cycle Race: Aug.

Collie River Valley Marathon: Sept.

Griffin Festival: Sept.

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