In need of road trip inspiration from Perth for spring and summer?
Make Collie your next road trip destination for a cool down this spring/summer in Perth with these 4 Collie swimming holes.
Forget the crowds and the chaos of Perth beaches when the weather hits 30+, instead, pack up the car, grab your floats, pack a lunch, line up your favourite tunes and head south to Collie.
Collie located only 2 hours south of Perth and a slight turn east from Bunbury is a hidden gem within WA and we have 4 reasons why you need to ‘Collie and Chill’ and none of them are the well-known Black Diamond Lake.
Cool off with four Collie Swimming Holes
You will instantly and of course ‘Insta’ fall in love with Honeymoon Pool – a swimming hole paradise located on the banks of the Collie River.
Going to the beach was so 2017 – surrounded by bushland as it reaches right up to the edge to meet the water, Honeymoon Pool provides a truly unique swimming hole experience.
Steps at the `day use` area provide access to the river for campers and other visitors to launch canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
For more adventure, there are also a variety of walk and cycle trails in the Wellington National Park.
Given you will be head over heels for Honeymoon Pool there is also a small campsite of 20 individual sites for tents and small campervans.
Facilities at the campsite are limited which adds to the charm with wood and gas barbecues available for guests, along with picnic tables to enjoy your tucker.
Camping costs are $15 for adults, $9 for concession cardholders and $3 for children between 5 and 16. Booking is essential at this popular camping destination
Long Pool is so secret that it’s still not even recognised on Google Maps – now that’s something worth discovering.
Not to be confused with the above Honeymoon Pool, which has happened more than a couple times with Instagram location tags, Long Pool is the last of four magnificent swimming and picnic spots along Lennard Drive in the Wellington National Park near Collie. So if you are looking for a spot away from the crowds, this could be your ticket.
You will be taken away with the beautiful bushland surroundings of Long Pool with weeping peppermint trees as they grace the banks and the waters shimmering blue and green, reflecting the sky and surrounding bush – very Instaworthy.
Long Pool itself is also plenty big enough for swimming and even kayaking as there are easy access steps directly down into the cool waters.
Read more: Long Pool: Collie’s Best Kept Secret
Looking for a new camping spot that ticks the boxes:
- Not too far from home
- Easy access
- Right on the water
Well, Stockton Lake ticks all the boxes and more as you can set up camp metres from the crystal blue water’s edge.
Situated just 10km east of Collie you will find this camping paradise that is perfect for a quick weekend getaway with your partner, mates, family or even just for some special time with your best mate (Stockton Lake is dog-friendly.)
During the peak (warmer months) you will expect to see boats zipping around the lake with water skiing/tubing allowed, however for those far less adventurous the waters are perfect and calm for kayaking, supping, swimming or to simply float on your unicorn float.
There are no reservations/bookings for Stockton Lake – first come first serve.
Though the campground is huge sprawling around the edges of the lake. There’s plenty of room for motorhomes/caravans and with no set bays, it’s ideal for those who are traveling with friends and want to set up together.
For the amenities, there are two blocks of toilets on the southern and eastern sides of the lake, but no showers or power. Generators are allowed; if you must.
As for the costs $11 for adults, $7 for concession cardholders and $3 for children between 5 and 16 with the ranger visiting each day to collect the camping money.
Read more: Waterside Camping at Stockton Lake
A favourite Collie swimming hole to cool off on hot days for generations, Minninup Pool is located on a bend on the Collie River, just out of town.
Minninup Pool is fairly deep making it perfect for swimming and kayaking with the ability to kayak on calm water for several kilometres in either direction on certain days.
The calm conditions also make the pool perfect for a relaxing and peaceful float while you let the world pass you by.
Once you have cooled down in the water there are numerous shaded picnic tables along the grassy bank where you can enjoy a bite and take in the scenery.
Chances are that you will have to pack your meal in advance as unfortunately there are no BBQs provided and fires are not allowed.
If you are camper savvy though, you are permitted to bring your own gas BBQ or portable gas stove and cook up a feast.
Minninup Pool is a day-use only area but there are several great options for camping nearby if you want to extend your stay. Go to visitcollie.com.au.
To make sure you don’t get lost finding this gem turn onto Mungalup Rd, opposite the Caltex fuel station, and look out for the Minninup Pool sign on your left, just over 2 km down the road.
Follow the winding sealed road for a few hundred metres and the river will open up into a wide pool in front of you – what a view!
Watch: Minninup Pool
Feature image: Stockton Lake (Source: @paulpressney)
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