November 17th, 2021
Conveniently close to the big smoke, Stockton Lake is the perfect getaway for any adventure seekers. The turquoise manmade lake is a favourite for camping and boating enthusiasts – plus you can bring your dog along for the fun!
What is it?
Now an artificial lake, Stockton Lake was originally a coal mine. Underground mining began in 1927, with the large pit created in 1943 for open cut mining. Mining operations ended in 1960, and shortly after the pit was filled – turning it into a recreational lake. It’s now a popular spot for camping and water sports – including swimming, boating and waterskiing. There’s plenty to explore nearby as well, with vast mountain bike and hiking trails in the surrounding areas.
Where is it?
Just 8kms east of Collie, Stockton Lake is about 2.5 hours’ drive from Perth and is on Gnaala Karla Boodja.
What to do?
The lake is a popular destination for fun in the water, particularly swimming, boating and waterskiing. Like the nearby Black Diamond Lake, the former mine’s water is a bright turquoise that practically glows during summer! The lake is pet friendly, so your pooch can get in on the fun, too – but just make sure they stay securely on their lead.
The region is also jam-packed with endless mountain biking trails – Collie is one of Australia’s premier mountain biking destinations and you can read our article about the trails HERE. Designed by Common Ground, the latest stage of epic trails was completed in October 2021, with more to come.
As well as biking, you can explore the area on foot on some of those gorgeous trails, with an abundance of wildflowers each spring to add to the lush scenery.
With so much to do, you can also make a whole weekend of it and camp at the
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