13-Aug-2000 -- Both Victoria's and my own first confluence, 144E, 38S is
located about 35km West of Geelong on the west shore of
Port Phillip bay, and 116km from Melbourne as the GPS
trip meter records (see pic).
I made my spur of the moment decision to try for this
confluence at about 2pm on a slow Saturday afternoon, and
being winter, I nearly didn't get there before dusk as you
After consulting my maps, I drove 75km down the second most
boring freeway in Victoria to Geelong. (The most boring,
the freeway to Sydney, is only worse because it is 300km to
the border and 880km to Sydney.)
From Geelong, it's west towards Shelford, then right towards
Barnganie about 5km out of Teesdale, about 35km from Geelong
and then another 3 or so km. According to my maps the
confluence would be about 100m off the road to the right.
In practice it was 100m off to the left.
On the other hand, if I set my GPS datum to the local datum,
AGD66, it moved back over to the right where the maps said
it should be...
It's located in a pretty typical Victorian paddock, very dry
even in late winter due to severe, though localised drought
conditions around Geelong for the last couple of years. The
two pictures of the car at the side of the road give a
better impression of the surrounding country.
For my next confluence I intend to go to 145E 38S which is
much closer to home, just 1.6km out into Port Phillip Bay.