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Collie - Cities, Towns and Localities
Nestled within the Darling Ranges and the Collie River Valley is the coal mining town of Collie, generating a major portion of the state’s power. Collie is about 52 km inland from the regional city of Bunbury and 200 km from Perth. The drive into Collie on the Coalfields Highway along the top of the Darling Scarp offer spectacular views of rolling hills, farms and forests.

Collie Shire is about 170,000 hectares, of which over 75% is covered by state forest and although the shire has common borders with six other local authorities, the town itself is quite isolated. Collie origins was established in 1829 when Dr Alexander Collie RN discovered the Collie River. Initially used as pasture lands for timber production, the discovery of coal in 1883 established it’s importance as a coal mining town. Other towns in the shire include Allanson, Buckingham, Cardiff, Collie-Burn, Ewington, Mungalup, Shotts and Worsley.

The shire still has stands of Jarrah, Blackbut, Marrim and Sheoak to be found in the State Forest, National and Conservation Parks. There are plenty of waterways in the region including Wellington Dam, Collie River, Stockton Lake and Minningup Pool, where you can enjoy various activities from fishing, swimming, waterskiing, canoeing, white water rafting and marroning.

Collie’s principal shopping and business district is located in Throssell Street and the precinct of Forrest, Princep, Harvey, Steere and Johnson Streets. The two areas are separated by railway track. Throssell Street is the town section of the Coalfields Highway that runs from South West Highway through to the Arthur River in the east. Here you find most of the ‘older’ heritage style buildings. The Shire Offices and the Tourist Bureau are also located in Throssell Street. On the north side of the railway track is the main business district that includes the shopping centres and supermarkets.

Check out our listing of Collie accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Collie River ValleyCollie Visitor Centre
156 Throssell Street
Ph: 08 9734 2051

Collie Attractions

All Saints Anglican Church
• Ph: 08 9734 2051 • Email
Built in 1915 in the Italian style, the church has jarrah ceiling and unusual stained glass windows. The mural took renowned stage artist Philip Goatcher eight months to complete and depicts the saints, bishops, early settlers, miners and Aboriginal people. Contact the visitor centre for tour times.
Tourist Coal Mine
• Ph: 08 9734 2051 • Email
Step back in time and learn about life of the early underground miners in this replica mine. Tours by appointment only. Contact the visitor centre.
Drives and Walking Trails
There are a number of drives and walks in and around Collie, including the Bibbulmun Track and the 9 km Sika Circuit bushwalk at Wellington Dam. Call into the visitor centre for a map of the Discovery Walk which outlines places with historical significance in the township.

River Walk
A 10 km marked trail that is suitable for walking or cycling. Follow the river from the north of town to Mungalup Road. The walk takes you through the town, meandering past Soldiers Park, the Arboretum. Telfers Pool, Swinging Bridge and other points of interest. There are picnic facilities and information shelters along the walk.

Soldier’ Park
• Steere St, COLLIE
Bordering the Collie River, Peppermint trees line the path and provide shade over the picnic tables. There is a rose garden, memorial and Aboriginal Sacred Stone, honouring all those fallen in war. There is a gas barbeque and children’s playground.
Coalfields Museum
• Roads Board Building • Ph: 08 9734 1299
Display of Collie memorabilia, gemstones, mining, machinery, dolls and photos. It is advisable to phone ahead to check with the caretaker for opening hours.
Mosaic Footpath
Traces the cycling history of the Collie to Donnybrook and return cycle race. The nearby Cycle Museum has examples of the early bikes. The museum is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Old Collie Goods Shed
Designed by C Y O’Connor and built in 1898, the shed has been restored by the Collie Heritage Group and houses restored railway rolling stock. The shed forms part of the ‘Working Life’ trail. Open Monday and Friday afternoons and Sunday mornings. The shed is also used for markets on alternate Sunday mornings.
Collie Railway Station
The original Collie Railway Station was demolished in 1977. The Collie Railway Station Group has rebuilt the station and now offers a memorabilia room cafe for light meals and gift shop, 7 days a week.
Minninup Pool
Only three km south of the town, the Collie River forms a wide pool before heading further downstream. There are picnic tables and shady trees, turning this into a tranquil stretch of river and an ideal spot for a canoe ride, picnic lunch or a refreshing swim.
Bibbulmun Track
This famous track passes through the Shire of Collie, being a popular walking track for both recreational and long distance walkers. The track starts in the hills suburb of Kalamunda, 20 km east of Perth in the Darling Range and ends at Albany, some 1,000 km.
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