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Farming Heritage Trail - Trail Description



Farming Heritage Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: 59km east of Perth on boundary of metro area
Start/end: Wooloroo to Northam
Status: Open
Length open: 18km
Surface: Compacted earth
Terrain: Flat and undulating
Public transport: Train, Coach
Contact Region: Western Australia
On the Farming Heritage Trail
On the Farming Heritage Trail
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for horse riding



The Farming Heritage Trail runs through open agricultural scenery as it traces the route of the Eastern Railway opened in 1885 and closed in 1966.


  • This trail is an extension of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail from Midland. The famous Goldfields Water Pipeline parallels some of the trail.
  • The "Golden Pipeline" is the longest fresh water pipeline in the world running 560 km from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie. Built between 1898 and 1903, it is still in use. The pipeline was designed by CY O'Connor, the Government Engineer-in-Chief. Sadly O'Connor took his own life only a few weeks before the pipeline started operation.

Background Information

It traces part of the route of the Eastern Railway opened in 1885 and closed in 1966.


The trail is managed by the Shire of Northam. Please report defects on the trail to Shire of Northam

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