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One of the best picnic areas
outside of Donnybrook is the Glen
Mervyn Dam, a great spot for
waterskiing, boating, swimming
and hiking, east of Donnybrook. A
visit to the Namastey Lavender farm
overlooking the dam, to purchase
some products or just to have tea,
comes highly recommended.
The strip of tuart forest between
Capel and Busselton, familiar to
all drivers heading south, is more
significant than many realise.
The trees form part of the last
naturally occurring tuart forest
in the world. It also hosts some of
the tallest and largest specimens
of tuart trees on the Swan Coastal
Plain, with some measuring more
than 33m high and 10m in girth.
Take one of the scenic drives
through this remarkable forest and
stop at one of the many picnic sites.
or head out to what is arguably
Geographe’s most prized beach:
Peppermint Grove Beach.
Meet some cute new friends
at Gnomesville, Dardanup.
COLLIE AND COLLIE RIVER VALLEY
Collie and Collie River Valley
Situated on the Collie River, this
town’s coal mining history can be
explored at the Coalfields Museum
and a replica coal mine, located
at the Collie Visitor Centre. Leave
the car and walk on the Swinging
Bridge, or tackle the 10km Collie
River Walk, which is suitable for
cyclists and walkers and has picnic
facilities and information shelters.
Venture to Minninup Pool, a
beautiful picnic spot on the Collie
River 3km south of the township,
or Stockton Lake, an abandoned
open-cut mine filled with water.
Known as Western Australia’s
motorsports capital, Collie has many
motoring events throughout the year
(check What’s On for dates) and is
also a major attraction for cyclists.
The Sika Circuit is one of the
most challenging mountain bike
trails. It’s a 9.8km loop off the
Munda Biddi trail, starting near
Potters Gorge, and heading along
the ridge overlooking the Collie
Valley. It’s a dual use path, so
walk it if mountain biking is
not your thing.
The Collie River Valley is the
central feature of the 17,000ha
Wellington National Park. The
main entrance to the park – which
is free – is via Coalfields Road
and Wellington Dam Road. If you
are travelling from Dardanup,
you can access the park via Pile
Road. Summer is most popular for
marroning, canoeing, picnicking,
camping, cycling, walking and
just observing nature. While water
is available at the popular Potters
Gorge camp and recreation site,
rangers recommend that you bring
your own and take care to stick to
existing walk and cycle tracks.
The Munda Biddi cycle trail
passes through Collie, and there are
some 40km of mountain bike trails
to tackle at Mt Lennard, suitable for
beginners through to experts. The
6km Grizzly Trail is the toughest,
a looped trail that comes off the
Munda Biddi near Wellington Dam
and is not for the faint-hearted.
Honeymoon Pool in the
Collie River Valley.
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