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”
This section of the Heritage Trail offers plenty to see, from rock water catchments to pipeline pump stations, from a goldmine to the rabbit proof fence. You could easily spend half a day at Merredin Peak on the walk trail around the rock and military hospital drive trail, but the town of Merredin itself has plenty to do and see so as well to stay at least one night.
The school has closed and the hotel is now a private home, but Burracoppin was once a busy railhead where prospectors alighted from the train to walk, cycle or take the horse-drawn coach to the Goldfields. You can visit the reason for its importance as a stopping place – Burracoppin railway dam on the west of the town, north of Great Eastern Highway. Here you will see the ruins of something rather unique.
But this small settlement that mushroomed during the gold rush days has another claim to fame. Just outside of Burracoppin Great Eastern Highway passes the No 1 Rabbit Proof Fence which stretches from the south coast to the north west coast of Western Australia and there is a sign commemorating it.
At Carrabin with its tall silos is an information bay that will give you an insight into agriculture in the area.
At several designated sites along the Golden Pipeline Trail you will find National Trust walks.
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The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail includes a number of fascinating museums along its length which will give travellers an insight into Wheatbelt and Goldfields communities.
Granite outcrops rise above the horizon in the Wheatbelt and Goldfields adding interest and diversity to the landscape for the traveller.
View Life Giving Rocks
Prospectors rushing to the goldfields in the 1890s relied on wells built in the 1860s by convict working parties under the supervision of Charles Hunt.
View Hunt's Well
The Rabbit Proof Fence, the State Vermin Fence, the Emu Fence and now the State Barrier Fence – under its many names, the fence has been ...
Great Eastern Highway nowadays serves the purpose of helping you appreciate how the railway line once ran through the townsite of Burracoppin. As ...
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