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Australia : South Australia

57.8 km (35.9 miles) ESE of Nepabunna, SA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 26 m (85 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 31°N 40°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View of the Dam #3: Picture of the GPS at the point #4: Getting to the Confluence Point #5: Back south across the dam as seen from the roof rack of the LandCruiser Troopie #6: Off to the Lake Frome islands #7: Picture of me standing at the Confluence Point with the dam in the left background

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  31°S 140°E  

#1: General shot of the area

(visited by Tadhg O'Loingsigh and David Dunkerley)

30-Sep-2006 -- We visited this point as part of a research trip in the Lake Eyre Basin. We were accessing most of the large dry lakes to collect surface samples from them as they are sources of dust storms in Australia. After collecting samples from lakes Torrens, Eyre, Harry and Blanche, we headed south along the western side of Lake Frome and called in to Frome Downs Station. As we have a long standing work relationship with the owners, we asked for and were granted permission to access the eastern shores of the lake. It is worth noting that permission from the owners for access onto Frome Downs land is very hard to come by unless you are a very well equipped and experienced research body. Even that may not be enough. Tourists should definitely not consider the eastern side of the lake (Frome Downs) as an access point to the lake.

In the following narrative, the coordinates referring to features on the ground were drawn from Google Earth. They are inputed as degrees so that you can copy and paste them into the Google Earth search bar and find them yourself.

Our purpose for gaining access this area was to collect surface samples from Lake Millyera (SE of Lake Frome at -31.034594, 139.985001) and one of the islands on Lake Frome itself (island -30.840855, 139.907488). After sampling Lake Millyera, we followed the one track that would lead us to the eastern shoreline of Lake Frome closest to the island we wanted to get to. This track skirts Lake Millyera along its eastern shoreline and goes over a low dam wall (-31.012735, 140.006595). The confluence point is about 1.5 km further along the track after the dam and and about 30 m to the left of the track. We were using a Garmin eTrex Legend GPS in clear conditions and no obstacles so we had an accuracy of 4 meters. The second photo is the defining picture from a 'proof of visit' point of view (where I am seen holding the GPS) as you can see the dam behind me.


 All pictures
#1: General shot of the area
#2: View of the Dam
#3: Picture of the GPS at the point
#4: Getting to the Confluence Point
#5: Back south across the dam as seen from the roof rack of the LandCruiser Troopie
#6: Off to the Lake Frome islands
#7: Picture of me standing at the Confluence Point with the dam in the left background
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)