The 8 BEST Swimming Holes in Collie

stockton lake entry

There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summers day and embrace the natural beauty of Collie than plunging into one of Collie’s many incredible swimming holes. From small tranquil pools surrounded by lush forest to huge lakes with vibrant blue water, Collie boasts an array of picturesque swimming holes perfect for a fun day of swimming.

In this post we’ll list the 8 best swimming holes in Collie so you can enjoy the most breathtaking and refreshing swimming holes this picturesque town has to offer.

1. Black Diamond Lake

One of the most well known swimming holes in Collie, Black Diamond Lake is famous for its vibrant blue water. Less than a 10 minute drive from the town centre of Collie and just 2 hours south east of Perth, Black Diamond lake is super easy to get to. Perfect for locals who want a quick dip or day trippers who are looking for a fun day out.

Originally a mine site until operations stopped in the 1950s, the lake is now a recreational swimming hole. Not huge in size (but big enough to not feel crowded) the site is popular for swimming, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.

black diamond lake
Image taken from the Collie River Valley website.

2. Honeymoon Pool

Honeymoon Pool is another popular, must-visit swimming hole in Collie, just 30 minutes away from the town centre and 2 hours south east of Perth. An enchantingly beautiful spot, the wide natural pool is surrounded by lush green peppermint and yarri trees. Here you can swim, kayak or stand up paddle board.

Featuring a campsite suitable for tents and swags, extend your day trip into a full weekend (or cheeky midweek) getaway. The campsite is surrounded by trees and gets you front row seats to the swimming hole. The Honeymoon Pool campground does need to be booked in advance and has a fee. At the time of writing this (April 2024) the fee is $20 per adult per night and $5 per child per night.

honeymoon pools

3. Stockton Lake

Next on the list is Stockton Lake. Similar to Black Diamond Lake, Stockton Lake is also an open cut mine turned recreational lake. Featuring the same vibrant blue waters and surrounded by trees, this swimming hole is another fantastic spot to cool off and spend the day. This spot is located less than 10 minutes from the Collie town centre and 2 hours south east of Perth.

The huge size of Stockton Lake and available boat ramp makes it a popular spot for boating and water skiing. Despite these making it less popular for swimming than the previous swimming holes mentioned, Stockton Lake is still a great spot to swim. The water does get very deep however so make sure to be careful and don’t swim too far away from the shore.

Camping is also available at Stockton Lake if you’re keen on spending the night. At the time of writing this (April 2024) the nightly fee is $15 per adult and $5 per child.

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4. Glen Mervyn Dam

Just 15 minutes outside of Collie and 2 and a half hours outside of Perth is another fantastic swimming hole, Glen Mervyn Dam. Captivating visitors with its breathtaking beauty and tranquil atmosphere, the dam features deep blue water, framed by towering trees that create a sense of seclusion and serenity. The picturesque setting is perfect for swimming, boating, watersports, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and fishing.

Free camping is available on the western side of the dam. However the road into the camping area is an unsealed corrugated track, making it best suited for 4WDS that are not towing.

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5. Minningup Pool

Close to town where the Collie River widens is another spectacular swimming hole, Minningup Pool. Minningup Pool is only 5 minutes from the town centre and 2 hours from Perth. Particularly popular with kayakers who can kayak for several kilometres either direction of Minningup Pool, the tranquil waters also make it the perfect location to swim or stand up paddle board.

The swimming hole features multiple picnic tables with shelters, toilets and a grassed area so you can easily spend the day here. Pack a picnic and spend the day lounging on the grassy banks or take a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the pool.

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Image taken from the Collie River Valley website.

6. Lake Kepwari

A new addition to the seemingly-endless list of fantastic swimming holes in Collie, Lake Kepwari is another must-visit when visiting Collie. Once a coal mine, in late 2020 the area was transformed into a water lovers paradise. With designated swimming, boating and skiing areas, there’s something for everyone.

Featuring toilets, barbecues, sheltered areas, a boat ramp and campsites, you can spend as long as you’d like here, from a day trip to a full weekend. This spot is 15 minutes out of Collie and 2 and a half hours from Perth. If you’re planning on staying the night you will need to book a campsite in advance, at the time of writing this (April 2024) a night costs $15 per adult and $5 per child.

lake kepwari wide shot

7. Potters Gorge

Tucked away in the heart of the Wellington National Park is Potters Gorge, a fantastic swimming spot on the shores of Wellington Dam. Surrounded by jarrah forest and close to the largest dam mural in the world, it’s the perfect spot to be for the ultimate day out. The beach access with shallow water on entry makes it a popular spot for those with young children. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, swimming, bushwalking, mountain biking and more at this beautiful spot.

With a designated picnic area, barbecues, toilets and a boat launching area, this is another swimming hole where you can easily spend the day. If you’re keen on spending the night (or a few nights) here Potters Gorge has a huge campground with 60 sites. Bookings need to be made in advance and camping fees apply, at the time of writing this (April 2024) fees are $20 per adult and $5 per child per night.

potters gorge collie
Image taken from the Explore Parks WA website.

8. Collie Mineworkers Memorial Pool

Technically not a swimming hole but still a fantastic spot to swim if the water quality in Collie isn’t suitable at the time of your visit (more information on this below). The Collie Mineworkers Memorial Pool has been a go to for Collie locals since it was built in 1964. Located right in the heart of the town, it’s super easy to get to if you’re in the area and just 2 hours from Perth.

The outdoor heated pool is typically open from October to May and entry fees are pretty low, at only $6 for a single general admission. The Collie Mineworkers Memorial Pool also has a kids water play area and BBQ facilities.

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An Important Note

While these iconic Collie swimming holes are safe to swim in majority of the time, from November to May it’s important to check the water quality prior to jumping in due to the possible presence of Naegleria Fowleri (a horrible brain eating amoeba). The swimming holes in Collie are regularly tested, you can check the water testing results on the Collie government website, here.

If ever Naegleria Fowleri is detected in the water make sure you don’t get in. If you are visiting while Naegleria Fowleri is present don’t let it ruin your trip, you can still go and seeing the beauty of the swimming holes listed before getting your swimming fix at the Collie Mineworkers Memorial Pool.

Enjoy Your Time in Collie!

That’s it! Pack your swimsuit, gather your friends or family and embark on a fun day out at Collie’s best swimming holes. We hope you have an amazing time in Collie and enjoy swimming the day away.

Looking for more information on what to do during your time in Collie? Check out our blog post on the top 20 things to do in Collie.

Lydia
Lydia

Hey! I’m Lydia and I have been travelling full time with Wehan since 2022. Alongside documenting our travels on YouTube, we put together comprehensive travel guides on the locations we visit here on our website. We also put together guides on other aspects of our travels, such as detailed information on the gear we use, specifics on our van build and tips for van life. Our goal with this website and the guides we write is to help others travel.

At the moment we are currently doing the big lap of Australia in our self converted Sprinter van. Our goal is to continue to push ourselves outside our comfort zone; seeking new adventures, learning about new cultures and seeing as much of the world as possible.

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