Duration: 3 to 5 days
Distance: One way to Kalgoorlie 650km
Road Conditions: Sealed road with short stretches of maintained unsealed road.
Accommodation: Bed and breakfast, campsites, motels and caravan parks
Hit the road to adventure as you follow the route of a really impressive engineering feat, C.Y O’Connor’s pipeline to Kalgoorlie, constructed over 100 years ago. Pass the old pump stations, one with machinery, one a museum and others beautiful stabilised ruins.
Take a trip from the Perth Hills (Mundaring) through Wheatbelt towns of Meckering, Cunderdin, Tammin, Kellerberrin, Doodlakine, Merredin, Westonia and Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. Experience a journey through a fascinating time capsule of natural and cultural heritage.
The Golden Pipeline was built at the dawn of the 20th Century. It was the most ambitious water supply scheme ever built – bigger than anything the Romans did. It is still the longest freshwater pipeline in the world – and it is still working!
Before engineer CY O’Connor created this scheme, water was scarce. Men died of thirst. Others died as typhoid raged through the towns and camps of the goldfields.
You can take as long as seven days or as short as two to travel The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. Three or four days will give you a good feel for the country and its heritage.
The No1 Pump Station at Mundaring Weir is a good place to start, or the Trail works just well starting at the Mt Charlotte reservoir in Kalgoorlie. The Trail is well signposted so you won’t get lost, even though it takes you off the ‘beaten track’ on many occasions and is suitable for driving in a conventional family car.
There are 26 special interest sites with interpretation signs along the way. Together they tell the story of the land, the people and the Pipeline.