While travelling to Northam I noticed kilometres of concrete pipeline following alongside me as I drove. I have read many articles about heritage trails but what I wanted to know was: "what was this pipeline and why was it there?"
The Golden Pipeline was created more than 100 years ago and is the longest fresh water pipeline in the world. Starting from the Mundaring Weir, the golden pipeline stretches over landscape all the way to Kalgoorlie.
Taken Just Outside of Clackline (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The pipeline itself was opened in 1903 and during that time was considered a scheme of madness. Today Conner is seen as an engineering genius as the Golden Pipeline supplies much need water to many towns in desert-like terrain.
A view of the Rest Stop (Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird)
It has a number of pump stations which help pump water through the pipes all the way to Kalgoorlie. According to the National Trust, there are over 25 stops which allow one to appreciate the wonders of engineers of the past. One of these stops is in the town of Clackline, just 1 hour north east of Perth.
Up Close & Personal Experience with The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail in Clackline (photo compliments of SocialHummingBird)
The Clackline Rest Stop not only offers you an 'up close and personal' opportunity but also has picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and trails to stretch little legs. It is also a water filling station for trucks that may need to supply life-giving water to areas that are further from the Golden Pipeline Trail.
Little trails to stretch cramped legs (Photo Compliments of SocialHummingBird)
Western Australia has a number of World Class Features. The Golden Pipeline is just one of these. Considering the magnitude and science behind the build, I am surprised it has not made the 7 Wonders of the World. However, it is well worth the adventure and could make a very interesting educational trip for the family.