16-Feb-2012 -- This is the second out of six confluences that I visited during a short trip to Australia. The story begins at 33°S 151°E.
Subsequent to a meeting in Sydney, I rushed off at 5 PM from central Sydney to visit this confluence. The afternoon rush-hour traffic can delay travel unpredictably and at one point I already thought that I would not make it to the confluence during daylight hours. But once I got onto the country road called Heathercote, getting to the point was quick and straightforward. I parked at a security-bay at a distance of 850 m and walked across an area with several tracks that are used for cross-country motor biking. The area is also used to dump used tires.
There is mixed vegetation at the confluence and one can see that the forest has been burnt recently. This confluence is one of the few points in Australia which lie within vicinity of housing and infrastructure.
I continued the trip for about 100 km further west and stayed the night in the Blue Mountains National Park near Katoomba.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 300 m
- Distance to a road: 300 m
- Distance to a track: 40 m
- Distance of parking: 830 m
- Distance to houses: 650 m
- Time starting the hike: 6:50 PM
- Time at the CP: 7:00 PM
- Measured height: 75 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 6 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: Eucalyptus forest, mixed with various undergrowth
- Weather: sunny, 25° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: In New South Wales, about 40 km south-west of Sydney. In a suburban area.
- Given Name: The Tire Dumping Confluence
Story continues at 34°S 150°E.