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Throssell Street | As you enter town, Coalfields Highway becomes
Throssell Street, where you’ll find the Visitor Centre, a service
station, the old railway station and a big-name burger joint on one
side. On the other side, the Coal Fields Museum is a treasure trove of
memorabilia. A wholesale direct shop sells local beef, roo meat and
dairy produce, alongside popular restaurants and the town’s historic
pubs. Bibbulmun Track walkers and Munda Biddi bike riders are
welcome to stow their gear and take a shower at the Visitor Centre.
Forrest Street shopping precinct | You’ll find major supermarkets,
hardware, shoe, fashion and lingerie shops here, plus takeaway
chicken on the corner of Princep Street, another popular Chinese
restaurant and a newsagent with an extraordinary Lotto win
record. A well-equipped cycle shop around the corner in Steere
Street is handy for Munda Biddi cyclists.
he old mining town has
had a face lift: Forrest
Street is now landscaped
with gardens full of local
wildflowers in season. The Old
Collie Railway Station has been
restored, with a new cafe and
model display showing how the
trains ran through the town. The
Old Collie Goods Shed, designed
by CY O’Connor and built 1898,
hosts a market on alternate Sunday
mornings. Surrounded by State
and National forests, with coal
and bauxite mines, and the big
Muja power station not far away,
there is a thriving community that
calls Collie home, so you’ll find
everything including great country
hospitality. For accommodation,
there’s something to suit everyone,
with a new luxury motel, charming
B&Bs, old-style pubs plus caravan
and camping right in town.
Collie Goods Shed (open
Monday and Friday afternoons,
plus Sunday mornings)
The Old Railway Station
Replica underground coal mine
The river walk
Swim at Minninup pool
All Saints Anglican church
Visit the old pubs
Picnic by the Collie River
Walk the Bibbulmun Track
Ride the Munda Biddi Trail
Drive | 200km south of Perth and 60km inland from Bunbury,
take the Forrest Highway from Perth onto Old Coast Road, turn
left at Raymond Road, continue to South Western Highway and
turn left then right onto the Coalfields Highway.
COALFIELDS MUSEUM | A
collection of horse-drawn farming
equipment, mining memorabilia
and country kitchenalia
COAL MINE | In the Visitor
Centre, retired miners share their
stories about the ‘dark old days’
ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN
CHURCH | Features stained glass
and hand-painted frescos by artist
STATIC DISPLAY OF OLD
STEAM TRAINS | A collection
of W, V and F-class locomotives
retired in the early 70s
Photography Cynthia Dix.
Photography Tourism WA.
Photography Tourism WA.
This thriving old mining town has
been spruced up, and is a must-visit
The Heritage Precinct
on Throssell Street.
The Old Gaol in Collie
(Photography Tourism WA).
The Brunswick River Walk
(Photography Cynthia Dix).
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