The townsite of Collie is located 202 kilometres south southeast of Perth and about 50 kilometres east of Bunbury. It is situated on the Collie River after which it is named. The river, which rises in the Darling Range and flows into Leschenault Estuary near Bunbury, is named after Dr Alexander Collie who was a Royal Navy surgeon that discovered the river in 1829.
Collie is a coal mining town with the coalfields developed in the late 1890s, and land set aside for a townsite. The name Collie was generally used from the beginning, and when lots were surveyed and the townsite gazetted in December 1897, it was named Collie.
Life in Collie
Surrounded by forests, rivers and lakes, Collie is a modern thriving community with country charm and hospitality. Collie offers shopping facilities, with two supermarkets, gift shops and a range of specialty stores. There are two medical practices and dental surgeries, and allied health services including physiotherapist, chiropractors, podiatrist and Silver Chain which all support the Collie District Hospital.
There is a range of sporting clubs and associations based in Collie, which has become a mountain biking hub in recent years. Collie has five primary schools including Allanson Primary School, Fairview Primary School, Amaroo Primary School, Saint Brigid's Catholic College and Wilson Park Primary School, and one high school - Collie Senior High School.