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
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.