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Your Whitsundays Experience Starts Here...

Your Whitsundays experience starts here...

Drive Itinerary – COLLINSVILLE

“The town you always return to”

Get off the beaten track and explore a true Australian outback town where farming, mining, and cattle-grazing sustain the economy and life-giving river systems and unspoiled bush sooth the soul.

How to get there

About 5km north of Bowen on the Bruce Highway, turn onto Peter Delamothe Rd/Bowen Developmental Road at Delta.

On Your Way

The journey to Collinsville via Peter Delamothe Road takes you through the ‘salad bowl’ of Australia.

Whilst heading towards Mount Aberdeen and the Great Dividing Range, you will see working farms growing a range of crops including:

  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Pumpkin & other vine crops
  • Mangos
  • Strawberries – follow the signs from Mt Dangar Road for strawberry picking in season!

Further along you will note the change from cropping country to grazing cattle stations.

You’re there!

About 80km along Peter Delamothe Road, you will arrive at the small town of Collinsville, on Garrick Street.

Stop at the Collinsville Information Centre on the way in, located inside the community HUB, and chat to the friendly volunteer staff for the latest information and tips (opening hours vary).

Pit Pony Experience

Continue along Garrick Street onto Sonoma Street and stop at the park to take in the Pit Pony Experience. Centred around a life-size bronze sculpture, the project celebrates the lives of Australia’s last working mine pit ponies.

While in town, look for the various ‘selfie walls’ where you can photograph yourself alongside the much-loved pit ponies.

From Sonoma Street, explore Stanley Street and Scottville Road for shopping, places to eat and local pubs and clubs.

Need lunch or a snack?

Make sure you stop for a break and try one of the local cafés, restaurants or takeaways. Why not try the Pit Pony Tavern on Stanley Street with its large Pit Pony photo collection, or what about a hot pie at Collinsville Bakehouse in the Collinsville Plaza, also on Stanley Street. Or you can head to the Worker’s Club below the ‘Coalface Experience’.

Collinsville Coalface Experience

From Stanley Street, continue towards Scottville then left onto Railway Road.  Keep an eye out for the Miners Statue.

The ‘Coalface Experience’ Museum is dedicated to Collinsville’s, and indeed Australia’s, coal mining heritage. Discover the history, present and future of Queensland’s coal mining industry with interactive displays, historical records, audio-visual exhibits and theatrettes.

Allow 1-2 hours for this fascinating tour.

Overnight accommodation

Time to go home or stay the night? Collinsville has a free 72-hour rest area (for self-contained travellers only) and a range of hotel and motel accommodation.

Other accommodation in the area includes:

Bowen River Hotel

4km along Peter Delamothe Road, travelling from Collinsville to Bowen, turn onto Strathmore Road and continue 33km to the Bowen River Hotel. NOTE: Gravel road – drive according to conditions.

Originally built as a homestead in 1862, this historic building is a trip down memory lane. An ideal day-trip with cold drinks and lunch served daily, or you can camp overnight.

The Bowen River Rodeo & Campdraft is held in the hotel’s surrounds every year in June, drawing crowds from all over the region.

Bogie River Bush House

33km along Peter Delamothe Road, travelling from Collinsville to Bowen, turn onto Normanby Road and continue 3km to the Bogie River Bush House NOTE: Bookings are essential – please phone ahead.

Bogie River Bush House offers a truly unique Australian experience, with a pool and bunk houses in natural surroundings of unspoiled bush – visit for the day or stay overnight.

We hope you enjoy your Collinsville outback adventure!

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