Drop into the Collinsville Visitor 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.
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!
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, audio visual 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 much-loved pit ponies.
Explore Stanley Street and Scottville Road for shopping and places to eat.
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.