Collie Off The Beaten Path

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    Below The Dam

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Below the Dam, in the rapids, you will find conditions for whitewater rafting, although paddling is more during the summer months from the water that is released for irrigation. You can take the road to the left after The Quarry which will take you down to the bottom of the dam and across the other side. There is no parking with your car on any part of this road.

    Location : Wellington Weir Road

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    The Sika Circuit

    by keeweechic Written Jan 2, 2006

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    The Sika Circuit is one of the walking trails in the area. The looped trail comes off the Munda Biddi and is a steep climb in parts but provides some wonderful views of the valley enroute down to the river. Not for the unfit as it is proclaimed to be one of the States most challenging trails. The walk is 9.4kms long and will take around 4 hours.

    Location : Off the Wellington Weir Road.

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    The Munda Biddie

    by keeweechic Written Jan 2, 2006

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    The Munda Biddie cycle trail begins in the hills east of Perth and travels through forest and valleys to Collie. There are huts situated about a days ride apart and offer some basics in camping facilities. There are sections in the trail to suit all mountain biking ability. Once the trail is completed, it will run 900 kms and will be equivalent to the Bibbulmun Track.

    Location : The trail ends in Steere Street.

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    Potters Gorge

    by keeweechic Written Jan 2, 2006

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    Potters Gorge is located 11 kms south of the Coalfields Highway on the shores of Wellington Dam and is a popular getaway spot. The area is open for camping all year round for tents, camper trailers and caravans. Fishing is a popular sport on the lake and Redfin Perch, Rainbow Trout and Marron (in season only) can be caught there. For a Recreational Fishing, a License is required which is available from the local post office.

    Location : Wellington Weir Road

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    King Jarrah

    by keeweechic Written Jan 2, 2006

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    South west of Wellington Lake and Dam on part of the Discovery Tour drive is King Tree Road. On this road you will see the King Jarrah. This tree is beautiful but fragile at an age around 600 years old. Set in a Jarrah forrest, it is the centrepiece for a number of forest walks. There is a timber boardwalk and viewing platform leading up to the tree which allows for safer viewing.

    Location : King Tree Road, Fergusson Valley Area.

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    Gracious but Fragile

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    Because the King Jarrah tree is so fragile, care is needed as it can often drop branches and even whole limbs without warning. The area around this beautiful tree is filled with not only jarrah but yarri and marri as well.

    Location : King Jarrah, King Tree Road

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    Wellington Dam

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    The Dam was built in 1933 in an area of natural beauty and is one of the five Water Resource Recovery Catchments in WA. It was built as a domestic water source for the Great Southern Town Water Supply Scheme and was expanded in size (186gl) in 1960 making it the largest dam in the South West Region as well as one of the safest. Unfortunately the dam’s water is no good for drinking as it has salinity levels twice as high as the Murray River in South Australia. This came about from the clearing of the native vegetation in the catchment area and the water run-off off the land into the dam and so the Dam has only been used to supply up to 68GL of irrigation water annually.

    Location : Wellington Weir Road

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    Power Station

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    They hydro-electric power station at Wellington Dam was built in the 1950's. From November to April, it can generate up to 2 megawatts (MW) of power for the South West Interconnected System when there is a high release of water for irrigation. From July to October, water from the reservoir is released through the turbines if it looks like the dam is likely to overflow.

    Location : Wellington Dam

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    The Quarry

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    The Quarry at Wellington Dam was the centre of industrial activity during the construction of the dam back in the early 1930’s. Granite rock was quarried from a granite face some 40 ft high. This along with the use of a sand pit 9 kms away went into the construction of the dam. The rock face was drilled with jackhammers and then blasted. The fragments were then crushed and mixed with sand and cement. Large rocks from the excavations were used for the foundations of the wall.

    While the quarry is redundant today, a picnic area with bbq’s and shelters has been developed and there is still plenty of activity with abseiling tours being provided. The sheer face of the quarry also provides an amphitheatre backdrop.

    Location : Wellington Dam, Wellington Weir Road

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    Gnomesville

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    At the Roundabout of Wellington Mills and Lowden Roads you will see in an area of natural scrub, known as the Hamlet, colours and faces of little garden gnomes. The last count in 2003 was some 900 and growing.

    Location : Wellington Mills

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    Wellington Mills

    by keeweechic Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Wellington Mills is a historic site of one of Western Australia’s largest timber mills. The town once had two busy working mills and a large population. In 1896 the Canning Jarrah Timber Co took up a timber concession in this area and the company built a railway from Dardanup to the site in 1899. Their No. 1 Mill was ranked amongst the larges in the state. During the period from 1896 – 1959, the town had a Post office, Butchers, Bakers, Barber, tea rooms, as well as a public hall, billards hall, library, churches, school houses, boarding houses, a blacksmith shop, wheelright & stables. The Big Mill at Wellington Mills closed in 1929 but a number of the smaller mills operated up until 1928/29. Many of the early town’s buildings were sold and removed to other areas. Then in 1950 a devastating fire destroyed much of what remained. The only remaining buildings today are the old Post Office, the Manager’s House and a house in Weetman Road.

    Location : South of Wellington Dam

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    Wellington National Park

    by keeweechic Written Jan 2, 2006

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    Wellington National Park is situated in the Collie River Valley and wraps itself around the Wellington Dam. There is something for everyone from bush walks, marron or trout fishing, swimming or just simply picnicing and camping. Within the park there are also opportunities for wine tasting, places of historic interest and of course various tourist drives.

    Location : Off Coalfields Highway

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    The Lone Gnome Started It All

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    The little area came about when the roundabout was being built. An unknown resident placed a gnome at the intersection to supposedly watch the construction. Following that one gnome, and always at night, more and more gnomes were placed (or if you like, came out of the forest) to start a small community.

    Location : Gnomesville, Wellington Mills

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    Don't Steal the Gnomes

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Gnomesville is maintained by the Wellington Mills Community and the Shire of Dardanup. Gnomes of varying looks and antics are also now placed there by visiting tourists who leave their little placards and make their wish which supposedly the little people grant. Maybe the superstition of bad luck following those who steal or damage the gnomes have allowed the community to thrive and grow over the years.

    Location : Gnomesville, Wellington Mills

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    Famous New Attraction

    by keeweechic Written Jan 3, 2006

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    Gnomesville has now been featured on Television shows, postcards, radio as well as also on tourist maps and tour itineraries. Some of the named gnomes are : Greg Gnoman (golfing), The Rolling Gnomes (rock band), Gnomosexual, Gastro-gnome; Gnomin’ in the Glowmin’…

    Location : Gnomesville, Wellington Mills

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