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.
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.
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.