01-Jan-2008 -- Despite being both easily accessible and the closest confluence to Australia's largest city Sydney, this point had been visited only twice before. And in both cases, the visit reports do not strictly meet the photo requirements of the project. So with this in mind, we decided to visit this confluence for a third time.
It required only a slight deviation from our route as we started out on our trip from Sydney to Adelaide. We turned off the M5 South Western Motorway and headed southeast down Heathcote Road.
When we crossed Deadmans Creek, we knew we were getting close, based on the previous visitor's report and the reading on our GPS. We parked the car on the side of the road, right by a 100 kph sign, which was the closest the road came to the confluence, about 400 metres off to our left.
The walk in to the confluence was relatively easy, as there were many meandering tracks, although none seemed to connect to the main road. The area was being used as an illegal dumping ground, mainly for old tyres, although there were other piles of garbage, including old appliances, car parts, and even a boat. All this despite the presence of signs strictly forbidding the practice.
We soon rued the fact we'd left our hats in the car--the sun was quite hot even though it was still early in the day. Zeroing in with the GPS was a simple matter, with four-metre accuracy. We took the north-south-east-west shots, and then used the self-timer for one of ourselves on the spot.
The confluence was surrounded by native vegetation and numerous large anthills. There were some interesting tracks evident in the bark of the trees, although we don't know what made them.