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Australia : Queensland

8.5 km (5.3 miles) WSW of Googa Creek, QLD, Australia
Approx. altitude: 574 m (1883 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 27°N 28°W

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#2: Lissa opens a gate on the powerline track #3: Rainforest on the rocky slope east of the point

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  27°S 152°E (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Almost there -- Kate, Lissa and Owen 270 metres from our target

(visited by Owen Foley)

10-Dec-2000 -- Detailed mapping showed we could get within a kilometre of the confluence point on the Cooyar - Blackbutt Road so it shouldn’t be too hard to find it, or so we thought. From the closest point on the road the country appeared rough with a lot of scrubby vegetation so we looked for alternative approaches. A lot of the country in the vicinity has been cleared in the past and abandoned to be taken over with a thick regrowth of lantana (a scrambling, invading weed from South America).

A bit of searching found three places we could get to that were only 500 metres from our target. We chose to make our assault from a high voltage powerline access track east of the point as this appeared to have the least lantana to traverse. It was a hot and sweaty day and after making slow progress through a scratchy mess of lantana 2-3 metres deep, we reached the base of a steep rocky slope. The rain forest that covered the hillside provided a shade canopy that excluded the grouth of lantana so we appreciated it doubly. Climbing to the top we found that the other side of the ridge had been cleared long ago and our further progress blocked by a dense thicket of lantana with 270 metres to go. So near yet so far. This time it was thicker than before and without machetes and a day or so to spare, was impenetrable.

For anyone thinking of conquering this confluence point, I’d still recommend approaching from the powerline easement. I rechecked the other two alternatives and they seemed even worse. I’d also recommend doing it in cool weather and taking a compass because you can’t move quickly enough in lantana to get a good direction indication with the GPS alone.


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#1: Almost there -- Kate, Lissa and Owen 270 metres from our target
#2: Lissa opens a gate on the powerline track
#3: Rainforest on the rocky slope east of the point
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