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Wellington Dam, Collie


A two-hour drive from Perth, Collie is almost 60 kilometers inland from the port city of Bunbury and surrounded by dense jarrah forest. The town is known for its pristine swimming holes, mountain bike trails, motorsports, arts and crafts, plus a rich industrial history of mining and power generation.

RCSWA welcomed Collie as its newest site in January 2023. The Steere Street office has a large tutorial room, clinical specialist rooms and student study spaces. Students have 24/7 access to the office, internet, printer and biscuit supply!

  • Accommodation

    Students reside in a five-bedroom, two-bathroom fully-furnished house with a double garage. The house is very spacious with a fantastic outdoor entertainment area and pool. It is a 15-minute walk to the centre of town, GP practices and the hospital. 

  • Transport

    Getting around town by bicycle is very popular. Collie does not have public transport so students are advised to bring their own vehicles, especially as some placements are in neighbouring towns.  

  • Health Services

    Collie's medical services support around 10,000 people living within the town and greater region. There are two general practices – a solo doctor clinic at the Collie Medical Group and a group practice of Collie River Valley Medical Centre employing eight full time GPs (who also staff the Collie District Hospital).

    Collie Hospital features a seven-bed emergency department including two resuscitation bays, a 20-bed general ward, a five-bed maternity ward with two labour suites, a palliative care room, and a newly renovated operating theatre. The hospital also has an onsite Pathwest laboratory, radiology that provides x-rays, a visiting ultrasound service, and a strong allied health department for hospital patients and outpatients. This department includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, a dietician, podiatrist, continence nurse, school health nurse, plus a geriatrician and community mental health specialist for outpatients.

    Collie's community health services include two dental practices, and private counselling, physiotherapy, podiatry and chiropractic at the Collie Family Centre. 

  • Extra Activities

    Collie is home to a world record-breaking 8,000 square metre mural on the Wellington Dam. The mural entitled ‘Reflections’ is one of 38 striking murals positioned throughout the region. The town has an exceptional regional art gallery featuring permanent and touring exhibitions, and its coveted Collie Art Prize of $50,000 is regional Australia’s richest individual art prize, attracting national and international artists.

    Collie is also a mountain-biking mecca and entry point for the Munda Biddi trail and Bibbulmun Track. From September to November, wildflowers are abundant along these trails. In summer, locals and tourists flock to nearby swimming spots including Honeymoon Pool, Long Pool, Minninup Pool, and Lake Kepwari. The azure waters of Black Diamond Lake, Stockton Lake and Glen Mervyn Dam are also popular for boaties and water skiers.

    Find out more about Collie, the surrounding region and all that it has to offer by visiting the following links:

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