Trails Golden Pipeline Trail


The Golden Pipeline


Linking Perth and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.  This 650 kilometre drive is an Australian story of Gold, water and the development of a remote and harsh, but beautiful land.

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 crops.

Opened in 1903, the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme criticised as 'a scheme of madness' is now an internationally acclaimed engineering feat.  Designer CY O'Connor believed that water could be pumped so far and lifted so high through a steel pipeline that it would reach the inhospitable goldfields almost 600km from the storage reservoir.

The Golden Pipeline was built at the dawn of the 20th Century.  It is the longest freshwater pipeline in the world.  This Trail is supported with interpretations and the Heritage Trail Guide which is available from Visitor Centres along the route and the National Trust of Australia (WA).

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  • The Golden Pipeline
  • The Golden Pipeline
  • The Golden Pipeline