New attractions boost Collie’s status as tourism destination

25 January 2023

A new campground and picnic area has officially opened at Collie's Lake Kepwari, completing a $5.8 million transformation to lure tourists to the South-West town.

The David Ugle Campground consists of 32 campsites at the northern edge of the lake, bringing the total number of campsites at Lake Kepwari to 53.


The campground on the eastern side has been renamed Mick Murray Campground to acknowledge the former Local Member's contribution to the development and his commitment to the Collie community.   


A new picnic area has also been unveiled along with improved pathway access, barbeque shelters and toilet facilities. The makeover completes a 2017 McGowan Government election commitment.


The former open cut coal mine site has been transformed into a water-based recreation hub for boating, swimming, water-skiing and camping. Construction first began in December 2019 with the opening of the boat ramp area following a year later.


The new facilities are part of the McGowan Government's $24.5 million infrastructure investment program into parks and forests in the Collie region. This includes a mega mural at Wellington Dam as well as mountain bike, walk and drive trails through the Collie River Valley and Ferguson Valley.


Lake Kepwari recorded more than 51,000 visitors last year, with the new campgrounds opening to the public tomorrow. For more information, visit


Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:


"It's exciting to see that the transformation at Lake Kepwari is now complete. These new and improved facilities will be a major drawcard for both locals and tourists.


"It's great to be able to recognise David Ugle and Mick Murray on their tireless work for the Collie community and Lake Kepwari's development. 


"We're continue to invest to ensure Collie has a bright future by delivering new attractions and experiences to the region."


Comments attributed to Member for Collie-Preston Jodie Hanns MLA:

"I'm so proud to see Lake Kepwari transform into a popular water-based recreational hub. These new attractions will lure more visitors to the area, boosting our local economy.


"It's an honour to deliver another election commitment for the Collie community. What a great time to explore all the region has to offer."


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