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Australia : Western Australia

1.0 km (0.6 miles) SSE of Gnarabup, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 31 m (101 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 34°N 65°W

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Allen from the Water Corporation - yeah, he does look kinda puzzled :*) #3: The view seawards from the Marmaduke Point carpark #4: Sand dunes... #5: Towards the plant, from the carpark

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  34°S 115°E (visit #1)  

#1: The Gnarabup Wastewater treatment plant

(visited by Donna Weston)

23-Nov-2000 -- This confluence is in the scrub-covered sand dunes south of Prevelly at the mouth of the Margaret River on Western Australia's southwest coast. This section of coastline covers some of WA's most famous surfing beaches (take a look at http://www.margaret-river-online.com.au/cape/beaches.html if you're intending to surf there!).

I first parked at the Marmaduke Point lookout, got out of the car, and was right on 34S - a lovely set of zeros - but about 300 metres too far west. Pictures #3-5 are taken from this carpark.

The GPS was indicating that the confluence was in the direction of a high pole showing above the dunes, so I set off for it cross-country. A tip for anyone walking up and down these sand dunes - keep at least one eye on where you're going. I ended up tearing my jeans, tripping and falling flat on my face into the sand!

Climbing to the top of the last dune, I was looking down on some kind of installation right beside a road (aarrrgghhH!!!!!!) - the pole was the lighting tower. As there was no way I could climb through the scrub from this direction, I made my way back to the car and drove around to the fenced in area, which turned out to be the Gnarabup Wastewater Treatment Plant (pic #1).

The treatment plant has been the centre of local controversy (I found out later!), so it's no wonder that Allen-from-the-Water-Corp stopped to see what on earth I was doing with a camera wandering around the fenceline. Once I explained, he was more than happy to pose with the GPS (pic #6) but advised me against going further into the scrub opposite the plant to get that double line of zeros - they've had a lot of dugites this season! As I'm not a snake-fan and have no suicidal tendencies, I settled for being within the official 100 metres. The GPS had indicated twice that I had reached the waypoint, but I had been holding out for the zeros.

34S 115E is 50 metres off the road to the lookout/carpark above Grunters, and opposite the treatment plant.


 All pictures
#1: The Gnarabup Wastewater treatment plant
#2: Allen from the Water Corporation - yeah, he does look kinda puzzled :*)
#3: The view seawards from the Marmaduke Point carpark
#4: Sand dunes...
#5: Towards the plant, from the carpark
#6: The GPS shot - kindly held by Allen!
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
29-Nov-14  29-Nov-14  Ross Finlayson  yes  pending