Golden Pipeline

National Trust of WA

Explore The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail

A self-guided drive trail between the Perth Hills and Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields. Go with the Flow. Follow the water to discover more about the audacious goldfields water supply scheme and Engineer CY O’Connor.

Discover The people and the Scheme

“Future generations, I am quite certain will think of us and bless us for our far seeing patriotism, and it will be said of us, as Isaiah said of old, ‘They made a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” – Sir John Forrest

About the project

The National Trust of Western Australia and Western Australia’s Water Corporation agreed that heritage aspects of the former Goldfields Water Supply Scheme would be managed by the National Trust.

The Corporation’s pledge of $1.3 million in funding enabled the National Trust to begin work on the Golden Pipeline Project with the aim of ensuring the outstanding engineering feat designed and overseen by CY O’Connor is recognised for its impact on the community of Western Australia.

Subsequent grants from the Australian and Western Australian Governments, as well as many others, allowed the development of the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail (GPHT), a self-drive trail that follows water from Mundaring Weir to the goldfields.

This GPHT website has been funded by the Federal Government as part of its commitment to conserve and interpret sites of national heritage significance.

Other elements of the Golden Pipeline Project include:

  • conservation works at the pump stations
  • the redevelopment of No 1 Pump Station
  • a series of walking trails in the vicinity of Mundaring Weir
  • a multi-use trail between Mundaring Weir and Northam.

The Golden Pipeline Heritage Drive Trail is managed in conjunction with the local government authorities it passes through and on behalf of the community and the Government of Western Australia.

The Golden Pipeline Heritage Website was proudly designed and developed by Humaan.

The Trust acknowledges its properties are situated on Aboriginal land across the State. The Trust recognises Aboriginal people remain the cultural and spiritual custodians on their land and continue to practice their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

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