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”
Merredin, a substantial country town with plenty to do and see, makes an ideal place to stay a night or two being about halfway between Perth and Kalgoorlie.
Further east is Burracoppin – the name was once on every prospector’s lips because they knew it as the railhead for the not yet completed train line to the goldfields. Here they alighted and walked, biked or caught the coach the rest of the way.
Merredin became an important stopping place because of water – a dam built at the base of a granite outcrop north of Great Eastern Highway captured runoff. The story of the water supply scheme has two intersecting themes. And, if you detour off Great Eastern Highway, you can visit Westonia, established not for water but for the other – gold.
Click on any map section or place below to discover The Golden Pipeline.