29-Jun-2005 -- This confluence was visited as part of a one month trek to Northern Australia by our group of seven friends travelling in three Toyota four wheel drives. The trip commenced on the Gold Coast in South East Queensland and finished in Sydney. It coincided with the dry season when temperatures in the far north are lower and there is little, if any, rain. In the wet season (November to March) much of this area, including the confluence, are inaccessible by ground transport.
The confluence point is situated close to the Arnhem Central Road, a 715 kilometer long dirt road from the Stuart highway to the township of Nhulunbuy on the far north east corner of the Arnhem Land Peninsula. Most visitors to Nhulunbuy avoid the long, hard drive and travel to the town by sea or air. Arnhem land itself is an area of great cultural significance to the Australian Aboriginal people and a visit to this area is a privilege not enjoyed by the vast majority of Australians living in the costal cities to the south east of the country.
The confluence lay in an area of open woodland with large clumps of spiky spinifex grass. It was near the turn off to the Aboriginal communities of Nganyala and Ramingining to the north near the coast of Arafura Sea. The GPS units directed us to a point on the road only 110 meters from the confluence, and the walk in was over level, but spiky, ground. It was necessary to keep a lookout for wild buffalo (we saw quite a few in the area) and snakes.
The photos posted here show the area of the confluence and the readout obtained on one of the two GPS units we carried to the site. I have also included a photo of our group.