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

Mundaring to Cunderdin

See & Do

With much to see and do, plan to get no further than No 3 at Cunderdin in one day. Start at Mundaring Weir to follow a drop of water from source to destination. At the dam’s base, No 1 Pump Station houses photographs that illustrate the goldfields’ desperate need for water.

Cross the dam wall if the gates are open; visit the award-winning display in No 1 if you are there during opening hours; take a signposted walk to the site of No 2 Pump Station where only the receiving tank remains; enjoy refreshments at the historic hotel built to slake the thirst of the dam construction workers.

Northam has a magnificent old railway station worth the drive to the West End of the town and the power of nature is graphically illustrated in Meckering’s Earthquake Centre.


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.

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Walks, Parks, National Reserves

At several designated sites along the Golden Pipeline Trail you will find National Trust walks.

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Spurline, WA 6074

If you have time to spend in the area you can walk or cycle along sections of the formation for the spurline between the town of Mundaring and ...

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Mundaring Weir

Mundaring Weir, WA 6073

Mundaring Weir was constructed to dam the Helena River and provide the water for the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. Today it remains the ...

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1968 Meckering Earthquake Site

Meckering Earthquake Site, Meckering WA 6405

On a farm 12 km south of the town sign posted from Quellington Road, a 1 km stretch of the original fault line of the 1968 earthquake has been ...

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Hot Air Ballooning

Northam Visitor Centre, Northam WA 6401

In 2002 Northam was the launch site of the first solo circumnavigation of the world in a hot air balloon by Steve Fossett. Depending on the ...

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Morby Cottage

Morby Cottage, Northam WA 6401

Just north of the town on Cemetery Road is Morby Cottage, built by the district’s first settler John Morrell in 1836 from mud brick and hessian ...

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The Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge, Northam WA 6401

Spanning the Avon River in the centre of town, the Suspension Bridge, built in 1975, is the longest bridge of its kind in Australia. Next to the ...

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Northam Visitor Centre

Northam Visitor Centre, Northam WA 6401

This award-winning complex, located on the banks of the Avon River, incorporates the Tourist Information Bureau, as well as café, toilets, ...

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Cunderdin Hill Lookout

Cunderdin Hill Lookout, Cunderdin WA 6407

A panoramic view of the district, overlooking the town, the golf course and the water supply reservoir, is obtained from the top of Cunderdin ...

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