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Australia : New South Wales

3.1 km (1.9 miles) ENE of Coombell, NSW, Australia
Approx. altitude: 58 m (190 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 29°N 27°W

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#2: Standing on the spot #3: GPS #4: Tea tree plantation nearby

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  29°S 153°E (visit #1)  

#1: Spotted gum forest, confluence is centre foreground

(visited by Owen Foley)

03-Dec-2000 -- This confluence point is situated 15 kilometres south of the town of Casino in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales. Most of the district is good agricultural and grazing land. The point is only 700 metres west of the Summerland Way. I pulled up at a farming property close to the site to ask permission to cross their land. Entering the house yard, I got the feeling that no one was home. No one except a large and convincing rottweiler guard dog which was soon joined by an equally persuasive great dane.

Plan B involved going up the road to the next house and trying there. I considered the chickens and geese a significant improvement on the guard dogs but had to explain why a dubious city guy wanted to go for a walk in the bush behind the house. The story about the GPS and lines of latitude and longitude seemed a bit far-fetched and there were suggestions that I might be better to try the neighbours. Producing the GPS and demonstrating helped to break the impasse. My suggestion that someone might like to accompany me was rejected on account of the number of snakes.

I was happy to walk alone, snakes seldom live up to the tales told about them. The walk was easy through a grassy open forest of spotted gum trees with attractive smooth grey trunks. The late afternoon birdsong was beautiful and I saw a few kangaroos which moved off before I could photograph them.

The land south of the town near the confluence point is low-lying and sandy and has remained uncleared as it is not generally suitable for agriculture. Some of the nearby lands have been cleared in recent years for an interesting new crop. This is an Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia which is grown to produce medicinal tea tree oil.


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#1: Spotted gum forest, confluence is centre foreground
#2: Standing on the spot
#3: GPS
#4: Tea tree plantation nearby
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