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Australia : Queensland

3.9 km (2.4 miles) E of Khosh Bulduk, QLD, Australia
Approx. altitude: 266 m (872 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 23°N 32°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: At the Farm #10: The Bike Shop with Interesting Opening Hours

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  23°S 148°E (visit #4)  

#1: The Confluence from 25 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

05-Dec-2012 -- The story starts at 43°S 147°E and continues from 26°S 153°E.

For one week, I hadn't visited any confluence points due to a couple reasons. Firstly, I left the coast and went inland, where the road-network is less dense. Secondly, the temperature rose over 40° C every day. While biking was still OK, walking in the outback at such a heat was dangerous. Thirdly, I had a tick and got borreliosis which knocked me down for a while.

On confluence day, I had first to wait for the bike shop in Emerald to open. Then I rode to the little town of Capella (10 km from CP). Even though it was extremely hot, I spontaneously decided to visit this confluence point and hit the road again at 1:30 PM. My approach to the confluence was from the south-east, where I reached a farm house with a beeline distance of 1.8 km. This is surely not the quickest approach, i.e. from the west one can get within 800 m on a track.

At the farmhouse, the friendly owners provided me with water and let me do the hike to the confluence, also they were a little worried that I might dehydrate. I reached the confluence after walking through bush and farmland for 30 minutes.

The confluence itself was on an already harvested sorghum field. It is on a huge agricultural open space, where some mountains can be seen at the horizon.

After my return to the farm one hour later, I was supplied with drinks again. Then I hurried to reach Clermont before the supermarkets would close.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 4500 m
  • Distance to a track: 800 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 1800 m
  • Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 30 minutes
  • Time at CP: 2:45 AM
  • Measured height: 272 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: flat
  • Vegetation: sorghum
  • Weather: sunny, 41° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Hot Sorghum Confluence

More pictures of the trip can found at mautz.net.

The story continues at confluence 22°S 147°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 25 m distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: At the Farm
#10: The Bike Shop with Interesting Opening Hours
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)