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Australia : Queensland

24.4 km (15.2 miles) SSE of Carnarvon Park, QLD, Australia
Approx. altitude: 610 m (2001 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 25°N 33°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: GPS location #7: The supposed track, according to Google Maps #8: The vastness of the unsealed road. Shown as a track of Google Maps

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#1: View of the general area

(visited by Patrick Mischler)

10-Sep-2011 -- Having been stationed in Chinchilla for work, I decided to take advantage of the fact that I was now closer to the Outback than usual and would not have to drive a huge way into the middle of nowhere to knock off a confluence point or two.

I picked the closest un-visited point and did a bit of research on Google maps. It quickly became apparent that this was not going to be an easy one. It is 80km off the highway, more than 20km from what could be assumed to be a semi-decent road and near what looked like an un-driveable forest track. I selected what appeared to be the closest vehicle access route and programmed it into my GPS.

The day before my planned visit I prepared by purchasing a shovel, a pair of pliers, enough food for 3+ days and 20 litres of water. I set off from Chinchilla at around 06:15 heading West along the Warrego highway travelling for around 500km. Turning down Khyber Road I was pleasantly surprised to find what I thought was going to be a "semi-decent" road was in fact sealed for the first 10km, and the remaining 70km section was unsealed but graded and in pristine condition and at a width that would have easily accommodated 4 lanes. But this is where the pleasantries quickly faded.

Turning down the Google map selected path I soon realised this was no more than a farmers trail for checking his fencing. Not wanting to give up after having travelled close to 600km and being within 15km of the point I followed the farmers fencing, passing through gates where it would lead me closer to the point (responsibly closing them behind me if they were closed) and finally reaching forest with no possible way of getting a vehicle through.

Being within 6km of the point I packed water and a bit of food and trekked through the forest and waist high grass for 2 km until finally reaching an area recently cleared of shrubbery. The point was then a further 4km into the area inconveniently located in a ditch obstructed by felled pine trees. Taking the required photos I hiked back to the car, back-tracked through the farmers paddocks and finally driving back to Chinchilla making this a 1200km, 18 hour single day trip.


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#1: View of the general area
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS location
#7: The supposed track, according to Google Maps
#8: The vastness of the unsealed road. Shown as a track of Google Maps
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