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Australia : Western Australia

109.7 km (68.1 miles) WNW of Plumridge Lakes, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 300 m (984 ft)
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Antipode: 29°N 55°W

Accuracy: 1 m (3 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking east #3: looking south #4: Looking west #5: GPS screen #6: The gang #7: Dune photo #8: Camels #9: Dingo #10: Kangaroo

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  29°S 125°E (visit #1)  

#1: Confluence point looking north

(visited by Steve Leipold, James Leipold, Jake Fitzsimons, Thomas Fitzsimons, Greg Burke, Jarryd Burke, Ron Henderson and Carl Redmond)

07-Jun-2004 -- After visiting 30°S 125°E our party of 3 vehicles travelled north from Plumridge Lakes Nature Reserve to Lake Rason. Along the way we spotted numerous Red and Grey Kangaroos, Camels, Dingos, Eagles and even a Thorny Devil Lizard which the kids particularly liked. The country out here is quite spectacular for its sheer vastness and remote beauty. I would thorougly recommend a overnight camp at Bartlett Bluff 29 04 54°S 124 34 51°E and Crew Cave Hill 28 45 31°S 123 46 28°E, but unfortunately because of our time constraints we could not spend much time checking out these spots. At a latter date we might return and spend a weekend at Crew Cave Hill and attempt CP 29°S 124°E which is relatively close by.

Upon reaching Lake Rason we turned east and followed a track that led us down to McKays Creek. At 7.00pm and some 20kms from our CP destination we set up camp for the night.

The next morning we dismantled camp again and all piled into one vehicle and set off towards our target. We left the track some 15km from the CP and started to make our way through the scrub directly towards it. About 10km away from the point the scrub started to become quite thick as it usually always does. We stopped the vehicle, jumped out and started to walk the final distance. After walking only 300 or so metres we stopped again and had a group vote if we should walk or risk the drive. Needless to say the group vote was to drive the final leg, so we all piled back into the vehicle and cautiously negotiated our way through tyre staking scrub. Finally we crossed over one large sand dune and came to foot of a second where we parked the vehicle and made the final 350 metres on foot to the other and our CP. Pity it wasn't on top of the dune as it would have made for some good photos.

We took our necessary pics and made our way back to the vehicle, eventually we made it back to camp about 1.00pm in the afternoon with no flat tyres. In fact “Dunlop” the god of tyres must have been watching over me, as unbelievably I did not sustain one puncture for the entire trip which is a first.

We then travelled west back along Lake Rason Road and made it into Laverton at around 7.00pm, it was then on to Leonora for some dinner at the roadhouse and then finally we made it back to Kalgoorlie at around 10:30pm.

GPS : Trimble Pathfinder DGPS (precision 1 metre)
. 2 x Garmin 12XL
Map Name : Australia’s Great Desert Tracks (SW Sheet) 1: 1250000


 All pictures
#1: Confluence point looking north
#2: Looking east
#3: looking south
#4: Looking west
#5: GPS screen
#6: The gang
#7: Dune photo
#8: Camels
#9: Dingo
#10: Kangaroo
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