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”
No 6, on the outskirts of Southern Cross, was last in line of the pumping stations to be regarded as being anywhere near ‘civilization’, meaning near a town with facilities such as shops and medical facilities.
Generally men started their working lives at the more remote pump stations and worked their way down closer to the source of water. You may get a sense of this increasing isolation as you drive between No 6 and No 7, known as ‘Siberia’ yet reading the information panels at both will give you an idea of the strength of the communities that grew up at the stations.
A walk around another evocative site on the Heritage Trail, Karalee, will give you a glimpse at the rush for gold that precipitated the building of the water supply scheme and the lengths to which people went to obtain it prior to that.
Click on any map section or place below to discover The Golden Pipeline.