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Australia : Western Australia

67.5 km (41.9 miles) SE of Meekatharra, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 541 m (1774 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 27°N 61°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: View north from confluence #3: View east from confluence #4: View south from confluence #5: GPS with the zeroes #6: X marks the spot #7: Breakaway formation near the confluence

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  27°S 119°E  

#1: View west from confluence

(visited by Andrew Gregory and Stuart Gregory)

18-Apr-2003 -- After leaving 27°S 118°E, we travelled in an easterly direction, ending up at the abandoned Reedy Mine for lunch. There are two huge open pits with mullock heaps (discarded dug up earth). There's also the abandoned power station, complete with four diesel engines, alternators, control room panels, electronics, and transformers. It's amazing what equipment is just left to rust out here! Somebody had cut out and taken some of the good heavy-duty (three quarter inch) copper cabling, though.

North of the mine is Pollel Lake. After all the dust and dirt we'd driven through, a huge fresh water lake with ducks, black swans, and other birds was an amazing sight. We camped the night not far from this lake.

The next day (day six of our trip), we joined the Meekatharra-Sandstone road for a bit, then turned off that near Yagahong (a distinctive hill) and drove east for 50km, past Hill View homestead.

At Bundle Well (windmill and water tank on the north side of the road) a fenceline runs north-east to south-west. Amazingly, for such a remote area, it's an electric fence! However, it didn't appear to be turned on judging by all the animal tracks crossing the fence. I wasn't brave enough to actually touch it.

Following the fence south-west for about 3.2km brought us to within 1.8km of the confluence. We stopped where the track became quite poor as the fence detoured around some breakaway (cliff) country.

The country we walked across was mostly flat, with sparse shrubs scattered about. The confluence was in the middle of a dry waterway. Not big enough for a creek, it seems to be a place water drains through when it rains. I made an 'X marks the spot' from some quartz rocks lying about.

The trip continues ... at 25°S 125°E.


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#1: View west from confluence
#2: View north from confluence
#3: View east from confluence
#4: View south from confluence
#5: GPS with the zeroes
#6: X marks the spot
#7: Breakaway formation near the confluence
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