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Collie is an unusually attractive coal-mining town with well laid out streets, substantial public buildings and parks set in the jarrah timber country of the Darling Range, 57 kilometres east of Bunbury. Approximately 3.25 million tonnes of coal are produced annually from open-cut mines in the area. Other important industries are farming, saw milling and bauxite refining.
In the main street the excellent Coalfields Museum displays pioneering and mining memorabilia and, for contrast, also boasts a large doll collection. Next to the visitor centre, Collie Tourist Coal Mine is a replica underground mine displaying mining implements and showing a video history of mining in the area.