Wellington National Park
Wellington National Park in the Collie River Valley
is a scenic delight and offers camping, bushwalking, picnicking and water activities. The main entrance to the park is by Wellington Weir Road which meets Coalfields Highway 20km west of Collie. The park is fairly small and can easily be enjoyed in a day if you have limited time available.
Potters Gorge is located towards the end of Wellington Weir Road about 9km along. This lovely shady area on the banks of the dam is a spacious camp ground suitable for large vehicles and caravans. Fishing, picnicking and bushwalking are popular activities here. Toilets and gas barbeques are provided for your convenience.
The end of Wellington Weir Road finds the Wellington Dam Bush Café which provides food and drinks and operates the canoe hire. Nearby is the lookout which overlooks Wellington Dam and the dam wall.
The road then descends below to The Quarry which is a grassy picnic area providing shade, gas barbeques, tables and toilets.
Further down is the Wellington Dam wall. Keep clear of the water jet at the base of the wall as it is remotely controlled and could cause serious injury. The dam overflows occasionally when the region receives sufficient rainfall and is a spectacular sight.
From the dam wall take the scenic Lennard Drive which is a 5km one way road through the river valley. The pleasant drive takes you through overhanging Peppermint, Jarrah, Redgum and Eucalyptus trees. There are several beautiful spots to pull in along the way.
is a lovely spot for a picnic or just to relax and listen to the rushing water making its way from the dam wall down to the Collie River.
Big Rock is a large swimming pool with plenty of flat rock surrounding it and many wildflowers.
Little Rock is further from the flowing rapids and the waters are much calmer. There are a couple of pools perfect for swimming in and fishing from the many rocks.
Long Pool is the last point of interest along Lennard Drive and is another fabulous swimming pool.
is located on River Road and is undoubtedly the most popular attraction in the park.
The beautiful swimming area is shaded by overhanging Peppermint trees and is home to many friendly ducks which tend to follow you very closely in hope of being fed. A fabulous barbeque and picnic area is located close to the pool and there are many designated camp sites and toilet facilities. This camp ground is very popular during the warmer months, school and public holidays so get there early to secure a camp site during these periods.
Further along River Road is Stones Brook which is a more secluded camping area set amongst forest. Take a short walk and explore the Gelcoat Rapids nearby. A bush camp kitchen and toilets are located at the camp ground.
In the southern section of the park is the enormous King Jarrah Tree, the tallest in the park. Estimated to be between 300 and 500 years old, the tree stands approximately 36 metres tall and has survived bush fires, storms, lightning and insect attack. The tree can be seen from the viewing platform just 45m from the car park.
Camping fees apply at all camp grounds in Wellington National Park and are collected daily by the ranger. The park can be exited from many points towards the southern end, allowing you to continue exploring surrounding areas such as Ferguson Valley with its famous Gnomesville and the city of Bunbury.
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