Enjoy a fascinating tour of the prominent Collie landmark, All Saints Church Collie. Discover the intricate detail of the historic church's interior and examine the 17th Century brass candlesticks and altar crucifix. You will be captivated by the image painted on a large mural in the Sanctuary, which took eight months to paint back in 1922. Built in the early 1900s, this spectacular landmark was funded by a generous benefactress from England who paid tribute to her late husband Colonel Arthur Noyes, who died in 1908. She funded much of the cost of building the church as well as donating many significant artefacts. Take a tour to also explore the exterior of the church to examine the architectural design of this Norman style place of worship. A gold coin donation is requested to participate in the tour. The coal mining town of Collie is a two and a half hour drive south east of Perth. Before visiting the church, stop in at the Visitors Centre to collect a comprehensive information sheet describing the history of the church and the story depicted in the mural.
The Steam Locomotive display, located next to the Collie Visitor Centre on Throssell Street, should not be missed by rail enthusiasts or historians. The collection includes an "F" class, "V" class and "W" class, all withdrawn from service in 1971. A popular part of the collection is "Polly", a traction engine which in 1912 was fitted with loco wheels and winch and converted for use on the railways around Collie. Polly now sits proudly in front of the Visitor Centre. Learn about the significant role the railway line played on the coal mining town of Collie and how the coal was taken from the mines to the railways for transportation. Once you have explored the locomotives, call into the Collie Visitor Centre which is conveniently located adjacent to the display where the staff can assist you to plan the remainder of your stay in the region.
The Wellington Dam Experience offers a range of attractions surrounding this impressive expanse of water. Located near Collie in the southwest, the dam will enthral you with its interesting history, beautiful drives, stunning views and the Living Windows display. A number of informative displays allow you to learn all about the dam's construction history and heritage; it is also worth taking one of the several picturesque walk trails around the dam and through the surrounding Jarrah forest. The trails offer spectacular views of the Dam. Make sure you stop off at the Water Corporation's Dam Lookout which offers a view over the dam wall and into Collie River Gorge. Fishing is also a popular recreational activity at the dam, with catches of Redfin Perch, Rainbow Trout and Marron in season. It is imperative that you have a recreational fishing license which can be purchased from your local post office. A stop at the dam's café is recommended as you will usually be joined by a number of beautiful birds including Blue Wrens, Rosellas and Robin Red Breasts. Camping is available at Wellington Dam, which is just a three hour drive south of Perth. Camping in Western Australia's natural areas is a special experience. Selected campgrounds from across the state are now bookable online for a trial period.