Follow life-giving water from picturesque Mundaring Weir in the forested Perth Hills, through the open spaces of WA's wheatbelt to Mount Charlotte Reservoir overlooking Kalgoorlie- Boulder, the city built on gold.
The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail is currently undergoing a signage upgrade over the month of August. Please be aware that during this time some directional signage may be temporarily or permanently removed and navigating to sites may require the assistance of the trail map. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused as the National Trust endeavours to improve the overall visitor experience along the trail.
Please Note: Pump stations No 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 at Merredin, Yerbillon, Ghooli, Gilgai & Dedari are temporarily closed for remediation works by Water Corporation.
Opened in January 1903, the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme criticised as ‘a scheme of madness’ is now an internationally acclaimed engineering feat. Designer CY O’Connor believed water could be pumped so far and lifted so high through a steel pipeline that it would reach the inhospitable goldfields almost 600 km from the storage reservoir.
Visit the sites of the former steam driven pump stations; some you can walk around following signed trails. The 25 stops also include other sites significant to the story of water in our state, including magnificent railway dams built to catch runoff from granite outcrops.