20-May-2007 -- This is one confluence that we have wanted to log since learning of the Degree Confluence Project, as it is less than 70 Kilometres from where we live in Clare, South Australia, but were waiting for the right time to give a different photo perspective. On previous visits to the Yorke Peninsula, it has been during the warmer summer months and as this planned visit was in late autumn, or as some other countries in the world call it, fall, the photos that we have taken would show this land prior to seeding.
It does not matter from which direction that you come from; you must approach the farming property of Yarrabee Park from Koch’s Road to where the confluence is located. This 700 acre mixed farming property is owned by Daryl and Lynice Abbott who purchased the property in 1972. The area where the confluence lies has been cultivated and will be planted with wheat very shortly. Daryl did not have any concerns about us entering his property to log this second visit to his property. As with all farming land in Australia, permission must be obtained prior to entering private land.
Using one of Daryl’s private internal all season tracks on his farm, we were able to drive to within 770 metres of the confluence. We started to follow a fence line towards the confluence, but the GPS pointed away from the firm ground of the fence line and out into the freshly cultivated soil that slowed our progress. Our 400 metre trek soon slowed as the usual confluence dance took place, and then the usual photo shots were taken. Rather than retrace our steps back through the cultivated field, we headed for the firmer ground of the fence line. In hind sight, it would have been quicker to follow the fence line for 670 metre and then 100 to the confluence.
Another successful confluence under our belts, in was off to Moonta to enjoy the activities of the Bi Annual Cornish Festival. A special thanks to Daryl for allowing us to log this visit and for showing interest in the Degree Confluence Project