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”
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 Mundaring Weir.
Construction of a spurline, from where the town of Mundaring is now to the site of the storage reservoir for the goldfields water supply, was the ‘first order of business’ in building the scheme and commenced in early 1898.
At the time there was no town at the junction of the spurline and the Eastern Railway. The settlement of Sawyers Valley was originally chosen as the junction point but an easier route to the reservoir site was found and subsequently used.
Start at the Old Station Master’s House and follow the old railway reserve track which largely parallels Mundaring Weir Rd. There were several stops along the spurline as shown in these sketches made by Year 4 students at Mundaring Primary School for a 1988 publication Down Memory Line.Back to See & Do
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