A project from the National Trust of WA
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.
“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”
Before the water supply scheme’s construction, settlements on the road to the ‘fields were determined by the availability of water.
One such spot was Bullabulling with a tavern and dam. In 1895 a prospector diarised passing a train of 45 camels on the road to Bullabulling of 45 camels with a baby one at the tail end resembling an emu with 4 legs. Today you might pass a road train.
Gold is where you find it and in the Eastern Goldfields it wasn’t found in well-watered areas. Both Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie-Boulder are built on gold. Impressive stone buildings, and a main street wide enough in which to turn a camel train, indicate Coolgardie is no ordinary country town, but one with quite a tale to tell. And Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia’s largest outback city, is a lively modern city of some 30,000 people who live surrounded by magnificent buildings and a modified landscape, which reflect the wealth of a century ago.
Click on any map section or place below to discover The Golden Pipeline.