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Australia : Western Australia

31.3 km (19.4 miles) ESE of Leinster, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 480 m (1574 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 28°N 59°W

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North #3: Looking East #4: General area of Confluence #5: Looking West #6: The Evidence #7: Self Portrait #8: The end of the Track #9: General direction of Confluence from 1km #10: The Darlot Rd in general vicinity of confluence ( 20km)

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  28°S 121°E  

#1: Looking South

(visited by Des Vlietstra)

15-Jan-2004 -- Travelling from Leinster to Kalgoorlie I made a small detour to visit this confluence. According to my 1:250 000 map there should have been a track off the Goldfields highway. After a lot of searching and a number of dead ends I decided to proceed 20km further south and turned down Darlot Rd and eventually found the Weebo Rd. (a lot has changed since the map was printed). When I got close I found an unmapped, windy track that ran in the general direction, there was evidence of exploration drilling in a number of places and thus the reason for the track.

I finally could proceed no further by vehicle and had to walk the last km. The terrain was easy to negotiate but being just after midday with temperatures in excess of 40°C I sometimes questioned my sanity, but laden with water, a good hat, well worn boots, compass, GPS and of course back up batteries, I set off.

The terrain is featureless dense bush with no grass - just deep red sun baked sand that sucks up the heat and throws it back at you. 1 litre of water later and I had found the Confluence and was relieved to note that there was no marker there, (especially since my first confluence visit had been to 30°S 122°E and I had been exited as I neared the point only to discover Steve Leipold et al had beaten me to it by 7 days).

With the actual confluence (according to my GPS) being what looked like a snake hole, although it might have been a rabbit warren but heat brings out great immagination, I quickly took my required photos and retreated back to my air conditioned vehicle.


 All pictures
#1: Looking South
#2: Looking North
#3: Looking East
#4: General area of Confluence
#5: Looking West
#6: The Evidence
#7: Self Portrait
#8: The end of the Track
#9: General direction of Confluence from 1km
#10: The Darlot Rd in general vicinity of confluence ( 20km)
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