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Australia : Western Australia

6.9 km (4.3 miles) SSE of Leeman, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 4 m (13 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 30°N 65°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View West #3: View North #4: View East #5: The confluence point lies in a small clearing in the brush #6: All zeros! #7: Some curious wild goats, seen about 2 km from the confluence point

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  30°S 115°E (visit #3)  

#1: View South

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

04-Dec-2014 -- I had been looking forward to visiting this confluence point, because it involved some hiking, but - unlike so many WA confluence points - wasn't just in a farm field. I knew - from satellite imagery - that I should start from the dirt road that heads east - from the Indian Ocean Road - at 29.97599°S 114.97767°E. When I got to this road, I could tell that at least parts of it were likely to be too sandy for my 2WD rental car, so I parked at the start and began hiking. Fortunately, it was a mild day, with temperatures in the low 20s °C - and also exceptionally windy, which I enjoyed, because it kept the flies away!

Whenever I hike to remote confluence points in exotic locations like this, I often bring along a telephoto lens for my DSLR camera, in hope of seeing some interesting wildlife en route. While hiking along the road, I heard and saw - down a side path - three interesting locals. These were not native Australian animals, but rather wild goats. I got close enough to take a photo of the goats, before they ran off. Because the side path - headed south-west from the main dirt road - was in the general direction of the confluence point, I headed down it, and continued as it crossed a small dry lake (littered with broken beer bottles from partiers). This turned out to be a mistake, because although the side path was headed in the direction of the confluence point, when I got to the end of the dry lake, I was still 1.3 km from the point, with nothing but often-thick brush in-between.

Nonetheless, I ploughed through the brush. It was hard work, but I eventually got to the confluence point, which was in a small clearing in the brush (making it easy to get 'all zeros').

On my return, I did not want to retrace the 1.3 km slog through dense brush, so instead I continued eastward, towards the larger dry lake bed that I knew lay just to the east. Sure enough, after less than 300 m of bushwhacking, I reached the dry lake bed, and turned left (i.e., northwards), following the shoreline. I eventually reached power lines, and followed the sandy path underneath back to my starting point. My total hike was 9 km.

So, a tip for future visitors: Stay on the path that's under the power lines, and follow it all the way, until you get to the dry lake bed that's just past 115 degrees East. Then hike southward down the edge of the lake bed, until you get to the 30 degrees South line of latitude. At this point, you'll be about 300 m east of the confluence point, with the minimal amount of bushwhacking required to reach the point.


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#1: View South
#2: View West
#3: View North
#4: View East
#5: The confluence point lies in a small clearing in the brush
#6: All zeros!
#7: Some curious wild goats, seen about 2 km from the confluence point
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