Wellington Dam (Collie), Western Australia

Located in Collie, Wellington Dam is a beautiful dam to visit. The dam is the largest dam in the South West and is the second largest in the state. With an area for boating its great for water skiing or just relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

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Things to do

1. Go Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity in Wellington Dam. Trout, Perch and Marron can all be found in the dam itself and Preston River which flows off from the dam. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors so why not grab a rod and spend your arvo relaxing on the river banks. Or if you’re feeling lucky you can always rig up a bushman’s pole and try for some marron (Ensure its in season).

Video by Down South Water Rats

2. take the boat out on the dam

Wellington Dam is a fantastic location for boaties. With the size of the dam combined with its protected waters this makes it a prime choice for water skiers in the area or anyone looking for a nice day out on the water.

Boat going across Wellington dam to Snake Island
Boating in Wellington Dam

One tip though, watch out for fallen trees if you plan to explore some of the shallow areas of the dam or go to land on some of the banks as these can cause some efty prop damage!

Close up of tree stump under water at potters gorge dam

3. go Jet Skiing

Jetskis are prohibited unless they are being used whilst water skiing. However, this must be in the water ski area that is designated skiing. Refer to the below map for more information.

Water ski area and rules at Wellington Dam and Potters Gorge
Map of water skiing area on Wellington Dam

Where can I launch my boat or Jetski at Wellington Dam?

To launch your boat in Wellington Dam, there is a boat ramp located at Potters Gorge campground.

launching at the boat ramp at Potters Gorge
Wellington Dam boat ramp during winter
Launching two boats at Wellington Dam
Wellington Dam boat ramp during summer

4. Go Kayaking across the dam

Wellington Dam is a perfect location to take the kayak or SUP out. In the summer paddle over to the other side of the dam to watch the sunset – you won’t be disappointed!

5. Check out the Wellington Dam Wall Mural

Take a look at the Wellington Dam wall mural! One of the newest attractions at the dam is the 8,000-square-metre mural which is thought to be one of the largest in the world. The mural is apart of a collection of murals painted across the town of Collie.

6. Have lunch at the Kiosk

There is a great little cafe called Kiosk on the Dam. Apart from being a cafe the kiosk also handles enquiries for camping at Potters Gorge. Located just near the dam, this is the perfect spot for having morning tea, lunch or even a refreshing alcoholic beverage.

7. Check out the Quarry

The quarry just below the Kiosk as a perfect spot for relaxing for a bit of having a BBQ with your friends and family.

Day visitors

For day visitors the dam has a nice picnic area with sheltered barbecues, decent tables and toliets. There is also access to a lookout where you can capture stunning photos of the dam’s mural or the landscape and waterways of the dam itself.

Camping at the Dam

If you’re keen to stay for a few days in the Wellington Dam area check out the campground at Potters Gorge.

Location Map

Wellington dam is 161km from Perth which will be about a 1.5-2 hrs drive depending on the traffic.

Frequently asked Questions

1. Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately as the dam is within a national park dogs are not permitted.

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