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Australia : Western Australia

137.5 km (85.4 miles) NNW of Gibson Desert South, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 407 m (1335 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 24°N 54°W

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#2: View to East #3: View to South #4: View to West #5: GPS reading at Confluence #6: The vehicle parked about 70 metres from the confluence

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#1: View to North

(visited by Alan G. McCall)

16-Jun-2007 -- I had planned to visit this confluence for almost a year as part of a larger Outback Trip.

There was a feature nearby to the confluence I had wished to have a look at, and as the confluence was nearby I decided to visit it.

This area is extremely isolated and there is no access by track to the area. I travelled overland by means of a Toyota Ute. The Gary Highway (which is nothing more than a dirt track) is more than 70 kilometres to the west.

Alone, I travelled through the bush from Patience Oil Well, passing some unnamed breakways to the west before arriving at the confluence shortly after. As the photographs show, the confluence area is your standard Australian Western Desert scene. Much Spinifex and hardy shrubbery.

I stayed at the confluence for no more than 10 minutes before heading to Nipper Pinnacle, about 10 kilometres away. The pinnacle was my primary reason for being in the area. Marked on the maps in the 1950's by aerial photographs but never visited provoked the explorer in myself to go and have a look. It certainly looked rarely visited when I got there. After further exploration of the area I headed due west to cut the Gary Highway before continuing my adventures elsewhere.

People attempting similar confluence visits in the desert should review the relevant risks invloved in desert travelling.


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#1: View to North
#2: View to East
#3: View to South
#4: View to West
#5: GPS reading at Confluence
#6: The vehicle parked about 70 metres from the confluence
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