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

The Scheme


The pipes used in the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme were an innovative Australian design and, more than 100 years after the pipeline was completed, a myth about wooden pipes persists.

A Melbourne engineer was inspired to make the locking bar pipes when he opened his desk drawer. But how to join these revolutionary pipes and make them watertight? That’s where the somewhat infamous caulking machine that led to accusations of corruption and incompetence had a part to play.

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