The Explorers' Wells and Tracks Project

The Explorers’ Wells and Tracks’ Project aims to restore and protect as many as possible of the wells and tracks built by our early explorers, concentrating on those of C.C. Hunt.

The precursor to the Explorers’ Wells and Tracks’ Project was the establishment of the York to Goldfields Heritage Trail in 1988, driven by Merredin farmer Kevin Cahill, and Kim Epton. Details of this trail are in the 1988 publication Heritage Trails in Western Australia by Avril S. O’Brien.

In 1991 the Water Authority of Western Australia published The Wells of Explorer Charles Hunt: An assessment of their condition and historical significance as a groundwater resource.

In December 1995 Kim Epton, Ian Elliot, Neil Jeanes and Tony Overstone made a tour of many of Hunt’s Wells and Camps, photographing the wells and noting their condition. In 1996 Hesperian Press published C.C. Hunt’s Koolyanobbing Expedition by Kim Epton.

This website first appeared around 2014.

Wells around Karalee (Koorarawalyee, Caroling, Morlining and others) are in good condition.

Stuart Kostera has established a large database of wells from information he has gathered during his many years of bush travel.







Hunt's Well at Boodallin Soak

Boodallin Soak February 2015. Photo by Graham Howe.