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Australia : Northern Territory

30.7 km (19.1 miles) SW of Pigeon Hole, NT, Australia
Approx. altitude: 178 m (583 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 17°N 49°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the East #4: View to the West #5: GPS #6: View from the air #7: The local art gallery nearby #8: the intrepid pilot #9: The ballast (fuel substitute)

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  17°S 131°E  

#1: View to the North

(visited by Angus Rolle and Mark Rolle)

02-Jan-2008 -- Having read many reports of arduous trials to reach remote confluence points (and done a few in Egypt myself), we decided to do it the easy way and visit by helicopter.

We left the Helimuster base on Victoria River Downs Station where Mark works as a pilot and flew south for 25 minutes, stopping at a remote site where we had spotted aboriginal cave paintings from the helicopter. Dodging several storms (it is the wet season) we came to a hover over the confluence point and landed. The pilot could only get to within one 1000th of a degree but not perfectly on (gps drift it was alleged)...so we had to take one pace from the helicopter due east to arrive at 17S 131E.

After a few minutes at the site, we flew back for a couple of cold beers at the station. What a way to travel! Amazing scenery and extremely fast access to the otherwise inaccessable.


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#1: View to the North
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the West
#5: GPS
#6: View from the air
#7: The local art gallery nearby
#8: the intrepid pilot
#9: The ballast (fuel substitute)
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