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Australia : South Australia

2.6 km (1.6 miles) W of Stun'sail Boom, Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 44 m (144 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 36°N 43°W

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#2: A view of the thick bush at the confluence point #3: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point #4: A large spider seen while walking back from the confluence #5: A sign marking the area infected by the phytophthora fungus

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#1: Looking upwards from the confluence point

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

02-Apr-2000 -- Kangaroo Island, a large and scenic island southeast of Adelaide, is blessed with a spectacular coastline and several beautiful national parks - and a degree confluence near its southern coast. The confluence is located roughly halfway between Seal Bay and Remarkable Rocks. To reach the confluence, I drove westward along South Coast Road, and parked beside it, just after it crosses the Stun'sail Boom River (yes, that's really its name!). This point is 2 km due north of the confluence.

Avoiding the area that's closed off due to the presence of phytophthora fungus (see photo 5), I bit the bullet and hiked the remaining 2 km through the bush. The bush is thick in many places; in other places it has a network of kangaroo tracks that ease the way. (During the hike to/from the confluence, I saw a couple of kangaroos in the bush, but they disappeared before I could photograph them.) Eventually I reached the confluence, which - unfortunately - is rather boring. At this point, as you can see from the photograph, there's nothing but small gum (eucalyptus) trees all around. For the price of a 4 km slog through the bush, I was hoping for something a bit better - oh well...


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#1: Looking upwards from the confluence point
#2: A view of the thick bush at the confluence point
#3: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point
#4: A large spider seen while walking back from the confluence
#5: A sign marking the area infected by the phytophthora fungus
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