The top of the dam wall offers a good spot for getting close to the top of the overflowing water. You can also get some idea of how much water has been used if you happen to visit during the long dry months here.
This is an awesome spot for getting a (literal wet) feel for the sheer volume of water flowing over the top and discharging from the bottom of the Wellington Dam on its way to Bunbury via the Collie River.
A lot of the granite used in the construction of the Wellington Dam came from this quarry which is now a peaceful picnic spot. BBQ's with chopped wood and is provided free to use for visitors. There are also toilets, shelters, picnic tables and a large grassed area.
The quarry wall is also used regularly by abseilers (contact Collie Office for bookings –
08- 9734 1988).
Honeymoon Pool is a peaceful camping ground and picnic area a short drive from Wellington Dam.
Facilities include toilets, wood BBQ's, camp kitchen, central rubbish pick-up area, picnic tables and untreated tap water.
The old Goods Shed was built in 1898 by CY O'Connor and forms part of the 'Working Life Trail' in Collie. The shed has recently been restored by the Collie Heritage Society and is used on occasion for a market on alternate Sunday mornings.
The Visitor Centre is on the left as you head down the main street of Collie. You will find a variety of brochures on attractions in and around Collie as well as further a field as well as accommodation and wineries in the area. The centre provides a booking service for rail and coach Australia wide as well as selling the usual souvenirs. If you need to store packs and parcels while on the Mundabiddi Cycle Trail or walking the Bibbulmum Track, you can store with free with the visitors centre. They also encourage you to register with them while on these two tours.
You can also book a tour through the replica mine which is situated next door. The visitor centre is open Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm and weekends and public holidays from 10.00am - 4.00pm (summer) and 10.00am - 3.00pm (winter). Closed Christmas Day
Aboriginal Art is one of the features of this park which was named in the honour of Joseph Northover Senior and all Nyoongar people of past and present generations. Baarnimarr is the tribal name of Joseph Northover and means ‘happy person’, ‘happy go lucky’. Northover was an advocate for reconciliation because he believed that all people are equal and unique. The park was established in 1997. The park also features native plants
This is a magnificent church built in 1915 in an Italian style. While beautiful on the outside, the interior is a surprise of an amazing mural which depicts the Saints, Bishops, early settlers, miners and aboriginal people. Painted by Philip Goatcher over an eight month period, the mural was fully restored in 1996. The church features lovely stained glass windows and local jarrah timbers and the altar crucifix reported dates back to the 17th century.
There is a 10km trail which follows the river from north of the town to Mungalup Road which is suitable for walking or cycling. There are picnic facilities as well as information shelters along the trail to enjoy.
The present railways station supersedes the original station which was demolished in 1977. There is a gift shop, café for light meals and a memorabilia room and is open 7 days a week.
While the building is supposed to be a replica, there are points which state that it is not a true replica. The building almost seems back to front.. the nicer side facing the tracks. The new floor is also tiled unlike those prior to 1950.
This small memorial park was dedicated to the memory of Eddie (Truthful) Woods. Eddie actually began work on this park in 1993 in memory of his daughter, Cassandra Jane. Eddie died in 1994 and his friends and community help to finish the park on his behalf.
On the banks of the Collie River opposite Soldiers Park is the Aboretum. Not quite the sort of Aboretum I was expecting with colourful flower beds and statues but more one of native Australian trees, all planted in 1922 plus other varieties from other parts of the world.
The first bridge to be built here was begun in 1900. Flooding was a major problem in the area especially in 1926 when 40 families were left homeless. In 1967 the bridge was replaced by a new bridge with the assistance of the Collie Co-operative Store.
The Centotaph is set amongst the gardens of Soldiers Park and has a bronze wreath and inscribed plaques on each face of the lower part. The memorial is to honour the members of the Aboriginal community killed in wars. Within the gardens are gas barbeques and a children’s play area. A new addition is the ‘Liberty Swing’ which was especially designed for use by those in wheelchairs.
Soldiers Park is on the north side of the town and close to the Collie River. On the corner of Steere St and Defroy Street is the prominent white bricked gateway which has two stone panels decorated with a number of ornate finials. On the centre of the main arch are the words State Centenary because it was built in 1929 to celebrate the States Centenary and on the metal gates are the words ‘Lest We Forget’.