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Road trip explore Collinsville in a weekend – an outback historical adventure

Situated at the foothills of the Clarke Range, the historic mining town of Collinsville is about a 45-minute drive inland from Bowen through fields of colourful fruit and vegetables and cattle stations. It is a small outback town that makes up for its size with its huge country welcome!

Here’s our Top 8 Things to Do:

  • Drop into the Collinsville Information Centre at the RV-friendly showgrounds and chat to the friendly staff for the latest information and tips. There is room to leave your caravan here while you explore the town.
  • Whether you’re hankering for a hot pie or a hearty big breakfast, Collinsville has an array of breakfast options on offer.
  • Stop at the park on Sonoma Street 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.
  • Head to the Coalface Experience, on Railway Road, a celebration of the town’s mining history and a fascinating look at life underground for the many miners who worked there. With interactive displays, historical records, audiovisual exhibits and theatrettes, allow 1–2 hours.
  • While in town, look for the various ‘selfie walls’ where you can photograph yourself alongside paintings of the muchloved pit ponies.
  • Explore Stanley Street and Scottville Road for shopping and places to eat.
  • Before leaving Collinsville, take the Mt Coolon Road heading out of town and check out the scale of the coal mines beside the road before arriving at the Bowen River – once you cross the river you can turn to the left and follow a dirt road 10kms to the Bowen River Weir – great for fishing!
  • After seeing the Bowen River, head back through Collinsville and turn left onto Strathmore Road. Thirty minutes along this unsealed road is the historic Bowen River Hotel. Originally built as a homestead in 1862, the hotel is steeped in history and has a couple of spooky stories to tell.

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