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Australia : South Australia

6.0 km (3.7 miles) NE of Markaranka, SA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 50 m (164 ft)
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Antipode: 34°N 40°W

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

#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: A hub cap from a Holden car, laying very close to the point #8: Life near a Degree Confluence Point: An insect drags away the dead body of another insect #9: The cable ferry across the Murray River at Waikere, south of the point

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  34°S 140°E (visit #4)  

#1: The confluence point lies next to this tree, within a nature reserve

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

15-Jan-2018 -- I was especially interested in visiting this Degree Confluence Point, as it lies within a nature reserve. (Most of the Australian Degree Confluence Points that I’ve visited so far have been in farm land.) Also, its last visit was almost 11 years ago - by the Langmans and Midwinters. With very hot weather (over 40 degrees C) forecast for the Adelaide area later in the week, I made sure that this interior point was one of the first that I visited.

After almost 11 years, there had been several changes since the Langman/Midwinters’ visit. First, it is no longer necessary to collect a key from the Waikere information centre to enter the Gluepot Reserve. Now, you can just drive there directly. Second, there are now only three gates - not four - that you need to pass through. Because of this, the Langman/Midwinters’ instructions are now a bit misleading. I have updated the instructions below. Finally, the Langman/Midwinters visited the point soon after a major fire had ravaged the area. I’m pleased to report that now - almost 11 years later - the evidence of the fire has been completely erased; there is now is no sign of a fire having been in this area. It’s clear that fire is a natural part of the environment here.

For future visitors, here are updated instructions for reaching the point, after you drive northwards along the dirt road towards the Gluepot Reserve:

  1. Just past the 3rd gate, at [-34.01907,139.96448], 3.91km (‘as the crow flies’) from the point, make a sharp right turn.
  2. At [-34.01089,139.98941], 1.56km from the point, turn left.
  3. At [-34.00773,139.99300], 1.08km from the point, turn right.
This final dirt road takes you almost to the point. (In my case, the road was starting to get a bit sketchy for my 2WD rental car, so I parked about 300m away (next to a corral), and hiked the rest of the way.)

I was surprised to find a hub cap - from a Holden (an Australian car; a subsidiary of General Motors) - very close to the point. This is almost certainly not a coincidence - but I was surprised that none of the previous visitors mentioned it.

Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.


 All pictures
#1: The confluence point lies next to this tree, within a nature reserve
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: A hub cap from a Holden car, laying very close to the point
#8: Life near a Degree Confluence Point: An insect drags away the dead body of another insect
#9: The cable ferry across the Murray River at Waikere, south of the point
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