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Wellington Dam Road bridge is closed to both vehicles and pedestrians.

Walkers seeking to complete the Wiilman Bilya loop trail can access the walking bridge over the dam wall between the hours of 9am and 5pm daily (including weekends, public holidays and school holidays).

All vehicles can still access the main parking areas at the mural and kiosk via Wellington Dam Road. Light vehicles can also continue to access these areas via River Road. There is no change to access any downstream attractions within the Wellington National Park, including Honeymoon Pool.

Visitors can still enjoy an excellent view of the Wellington Dam mural from the elevated viewing platform near the parking area.

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Wiilman Bilya Trail, Wellington NP Wiilman Bilya Trail, Wellington NP

  • Multiple day
  • 87 km
    • Bush Walk Class 4

      Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.

Welcome to the Wiilman Bilya, a dedicated Class 4, multiple day walking trail that takes you through magnificent yarri (blackbutt), marri and jarrah forest and around Wellington Reservoir.

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Along the trail

The Wiilman Bilya is a dedicated walking trail, stretching 87 kilometres in a loop that starts and finishes in the town of Collie. It combines sealed dual-use paths with a mix of dedicated single-track forest trails and minor vehicle tracks. To the south of Wellington Dam the trail uses part of the Bibbulmun Wellington Spur Trail.

The Wiilman Bilya trail will take you from Collie through Westralia Conservation Park and Wellington National Park to Wellington Dam, providing sweeping views of the Collie River valley and wide expanses of water. Imposing granite outcrops and the scents and sounds of the magnificent yarri (blackbutt), marri and jarrah forest along with wildlife encounters offer an unforgettable experience. 

The Wiilman Bilya is a Class 4 walking trail with some steep gradients and unstable or slippery surfaces. A good level of fitness is recommended. The complete trail is a 5-day, 4-night walk. You can also break it up into shorter sections and do a day walk or an overnighter. 

The trail is marked by a footprint motif on grey posts. 

Make sure to purchase the detailed 'Walk the Wiilman Bilya Trail' map from the Collie Visitor Centre before commencing your journey. 

The Wiilman people are known and acknowledged as the traditional owners of the land and waters through which the Wiilman Bilya trail passes. 

Overnight Stops

There are four purpose-built campsites along the trail. Each features a large, roofed shelter (as shown in the image above) with weather-side walls, a water tank and a sealed vault drop toilet situated away from the shelter. Tank water is not guaranteed and must be treated before use. Use tank water sparingly and keep an emergency supply of drinking water as backup. Tank water should be treated by boiling, mechanical filtration, or chemical treatment. 

Camping at Potters Gorge Campground requires a prior online booking (fees apply). Go to parkstay.dbca.wa.gov.au

If staying overnight at the Bibbulmun Track Arcadia Campsite in a group of 8 or more people, a Group Notification Form must be completed. See the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website for more information.

Parking is available at both ends of the trail and contact the Collie Visitor Centre to organise track transfers.

How to get onto the trail

The Wiilman Bilya Trail can be walked in either direction from Soldiers Park or the Collie Visitor Centre. 

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Forest Explorers - Wildflower, Mural, Heritage Taphouse Tours & Trail Transfers

Small group tours & transfers embracing connections with Wildflowers, Murals, Heritage trails.

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Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast

The Ultimate Getaway - Tranquil Whispering Pines is situated amongst natural bushland at the edge of the forest on the banks of the Collie River.

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Red Tail Retreat

Red Tail Retreat has everything you will need for a relaxing stay after exploring the Collie River Valley and surrounds.

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Black Diamond Lodge

Collie’s funkiest affordable accommodation

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Mandia B&B

Mandia is a quiet rural property that has a range of beautiful rooms available three kms north of Collie. The Tuscan inspired BBQ area is a perfect outdoor setting amongst the garden.

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Kiosk at The Dam

A Licensed Cafe in the Centre of the Wellington National Park. Local produce, wines & craft Beer & Cider Mountain Bike Hire & Glamping also available.

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Collie River Valley Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre can provide extensive information on the region with maps, brochures, and a photographic display. We also have videos on local history, mining and power generation.

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Collie River Valley Tourist Park

Be welcomed by our friendly staff when staying in Collie with your tent, caravan or in one of our cabins. The rivers, murals, walks and mountain bike trails are waiting.

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Be trail ready for Wiilman Bilya Trail, Wellington NP

Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

5 to 6 days

Length

87km loop

What To Pack

Group B - Hiking & Long Distance Trails (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Soldiers Park Trailhead

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Trail End

Collie Visitor Centre

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Bush Walk

Class 4

Difficult trail with rough surface that may have very steep hills or extensive rock hopping. Directional signage may be limited. Bushwalking experience, navigation and emergency first aid skills, and good fitness required.

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Safety

Walkers need to plan ahead and consider food, drinking water and equipment requirements. Supplies can be purchased in Collie. 

In an emergency call 000 if there is phone reception. Do not rely on your mobile phone in the event of getting lost or injured, as coverage is unreliable on the trail. 

Before you go, download the free Emergency+ app to call for emergency assistance if every required. If there is no mobile phone coverage you WILL NOT be able to call 000 but the app will provide you with GPS location details. 

Consider carrying a personal locator beacon (PLB) or other emergency communication.

Facilities

Tank water is not guaranteed and must be treated before use. Use tank water sparingly and keep an emergency supply of drinking water as backup. Tank water should be treated by boiling, mechanical filtration or chemical treatment. 

Bookings are essential for Potters Gorge Campground (fees apply).

If staying overnight at the Bibbulmun Track Arcadia Campsite in a group of 8 or more people, a Group Notification Form must be completed. See the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website for more information.

Meals and drinks can be purchased at the Kiosk at Wellington Dam, however opening times vary. Check Kiosk opening hours here before commencing your journey. 

  • Camping
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Water Access Points
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Kiosk
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • View Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

March to November

Fees

No National Park fees. Camping may fees apply.

Trail Access

2WD. Approximately a 2 hour drive (200km) from Perth to Collie. The trail can be started from the Collie Visitor Centre on Coalfields Road or the Soldiers Park Trailhead on the corner of Johnston and Lefroy Street.

Prohibited Items

No pets. No bicycles. No campfires at Wiilman Bilya campsites due to bushfire risk and damage caused by firewood gathering. 

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3 trail goers have rated Wiilman Bilya Trail, Wellington NP as 3.67 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Suzanne Occhipinti

Reviewed 22 Jun 2022, 7:37am

Great trail. Potters to about 8km in is great but from there it becomes very overgrown for at least 5km. That bit is not fun!. The last 3km or so to the camp is gorgeous. The hikers camp is fabulous, clean and in a stunning location.
Fayley Arthur

Reviewed 3 Mar 2021, 7:00pm

Due to a heavy handed burn 2 years ago on this tourism attraction, the jarrah forest understory is just overgrown soap bush. The trail is wildly overgrown and unmaintained with bushes overgrowing the track and many small trees fallen over the track.

Two km south of the campsite the jarrah forest finally returns to the natural healthy understory that it's supposed to have with moss and ferns and a multitude of plant varieties.

The campsite also seemed unmaintained with the beautiful campsites slowly returning to the forest, the toilets without toilet paper, and a small shrub growing in one of the shelter footings.

The burning of this resource was a sad waste of taxpayer money.
Kim Fawcett

Reviewed 11 May 2019, 7:56pm

Absolutely love this trail. One killer hill about 7 km from Potters Gorge, but the rest was quite manageable. A lot of the time you are walking with the bush on one side and views over the dam on the other. I was particularly impressed with the huge grass trees up the Potters Gorge end. The overnight campsite is in a very pleasant location over looking the dam