Grey's Spring


Shire of Northampton

Place Number



Walker St Kalbarri

Location Details

Kalbarri Lions Pk off Walker St

Other Name(s)

Grey's Well

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1848

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 19 Apr 1996 Category 4A

Statement of Significance

The site has historic significance for its associations as a watering place, originally serving aboriginals before European settlement and later with exploration and settlement of the area.

Physical Description

Early well associated with the explorer Lt. Grey. The top section of the well is stone lined and it has a protective grid/mesh cover over it. A commemorative plaque has been installed and the well is now incorporated into a park setting.


This spring could have been a water supply for the local Aboriginal people. After being shipwrecked at Gantheaume Bay, explorer Lieutenant George Grey and his party are believed to have found water here to replenish their supplies before embarking on the long overland journey to the Swan River Settlement. This spring was a source of water for the first residents of Kalbarri in the late 1940s. A commemorative plaque was placed near the spring in 1979. Chronology Entries 1839 Lt. George Grey was shipwrecked near the mouth of the Murchison River whilst on an exploration expedition, resulting in a 645km walk to the Swan River Settlement. He reported favourably on the mining and pastoral potential of the area he named the Victoria District.


Integrity: Intact/disturbed Modifications: Commemorative plaque Orig'l Fabric: Intact - disturbed




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Feilman & Associates, "A Survey of Places of Historic and Landscape Significance in Northampton, Dongara, Geraldton, WA", Feilman & Associates, 1977
Photograph; "- unveiling of monument ". 1979.

Place Type

Historic site


Epoch General Specific
Original Use Transport\Communications Water: Other
Present Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Local Stone

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Early settlers
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES Water, power, major t'port routes
PEOPLE Aboriginal people

Creation Date

11 Jul 1997

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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