13-Oct-2005 -- [This trip was a rather quickly planned expedition, initially with seven unvisited confluence points as targets over a period of nine days. The party consisted of my wife Sandra and myself, and my brother John in a second vehicle. Mostly, the exercise was an excuse to see a bit more of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, and to get away from some unseasonably cold weather in Perth.]
After our unsuccessful attempt at 23°S 118°E, we returned back to the main road and drove south to Paraburdoo. We refuelled there and continued west turning off north on to the Mount Stuart - Red Hill road. I had previously contacted Digby at Red Hill station and he had indicated that the country was fairly open and we should be able to drive in close to the confluence. We called in at the station for a brief chat, then continued out west to a track heading south west towards Queen's Table - a large flat-topped hill immediately north of the confluence point. I unhitched the van near a well at the end of the track, and we then drove a further 2.5km over spinifex covered rocky ground to within about 200m of the confluence. Queens Table was quite spectacular, towering over the confluence.
After the usual photos, we returned to the well, hooked up the van, and continued out to the North West Coastal Highway before heading north to Fortescue River for the overnight stop. Our score was a slightly improved four out of six of our seven planned confluence visits for this trip.