Wellington Dam in Collie
Wellington Dam is situated within the 17000 hectare Wellington National Park at the coordinates of
Wellington Dam – Hydro Power Station
The Wellington Dam feeds a water turbine to generate up to 2 megawatts of hydroelectric power. The dam was initially constructed in 1933 and then enlarged in 1956. To harness some of the most productive water catchment areas in the South West a Hydro Electric Power Station was built in 1950’s. This is one of two Hydro Electric Power Stations situated in Western Australia. Wellington Dam being the second largest in Western Australia. Further more it is this dam that provides vital water for irrigation and domestic use.
Wellington Dam – View
On occasions the dam does overflow, but all to rare these days. When it does, one of the best viewing points is the platform provided by the Water Corporation. The platform juts out of the cliff face providing you with splendid views of the entire dam wall and the constant flow from the water turbine into the Collie George. The platform lies just a leisurely stroll from the Kiosk.
Wellington Dam – What to do
With plenty of picnic areas and swimming holes alongside scenic bush walking trails. As a result there is always something to keep you occupied. The walking tracks throughout the area can be enjoyed by the experienced to the more casual walker. Most noteworthy is the very famous Bibbulmum track that crosses through the park. With the actual track starting in Kalumunda and finishing some 1000km away in Albany.
If you are into biking or in particular mountain bikes, then the Munda Bidi Trail is for you. This is a world class bike trail even thou it is more geared towards the serious mountain biker. The 1000km Munda Bidi Trail has taken more than 10 years to construct with its final completion in 2013.
Take a look at the video of Red Tail Trail near Collie.