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Australia : New South Wales

2.1 km (1.3 miles) NNW of Menai, NSW, Australia
Approx. altitude: 81 m (265 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 34°N 29°W

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View West #3: View North #4: View East #5: The confluence point lies in a patch of scrub, marked (apparently) by a rusting metal post. #6: All GPS zeros! #7: The worst of the widespread dumping near the point: A large pile of tires #8: Discarded paint cans - just 30 m from the point #9: This sign - posted nearby - has had apparently no effect #10: A rare piece of beauty near the point #11: This plaque at Captain Cook’s landing site (20 km away) notes the latitude and longitude

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  34°S 151°E (visit #11)  

#1: View South

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

08-Mar-2018 -- I had previously visited this point just over 8 years ago, in February 2010. Finding myself in the Sydney area once again, I decided to revisit it, to get a drone’s eye view of the point.

Unfortunately the point - and surrounding area - looks just the same as it did 8 years ago. The area has been widely used for dumping of tires, cars, paint cans, and other equipment. Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, so it’s sad that the one Degree Confluence Point that lies within greater Sydney should be so ugly.

The rusting metal post that I noticed at the point 8 years ago is still there - but has corroded even more. In a few years it may disappear completely. This would please me, because the vegetation within a very short distance of the point is actually quite pretty. It’s just the surrounding area that’s such a dump - literally.

After my visit, I drove to the southeastern corner of Botany Bay (about 20 km east of the Degree Confluence Point) where - almost 248 years ago, in April 1770 - Captain James Cook landed, becoming the first European to visit the eastern coast of the Australian continent. In his log, Cook noted his landing place as being "Latitude 34° South, Longitude 208° 37’ West”. Today, it's unusual to describe longitudes greater than 180 degrees. "208° 37’ West” would now be written as "151° 23’ East”. The actual longitude of Cook’s landing point is about "151° 19’ East”; however for navigators in the 18th Century, longitude was difficult to measure precisely.

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


 All pictures
#1: View South
#2: View West
#3: View North
#4: View East
#5: The confluence point lies in a patch of scrub, marked (apparently) by a rusting metal post.
#6: All GPS zeros!
#7: The worst of the widespread dumping near the point: A large pile of tires
#8: Discarded paint cans - just 30 m from the point
#9: This sign - posted nearby - has had apparently no effect
#10: A rare piece of beauty near the point
#11: This plaque at Captain Cook’s landing site (20 km away) notes the latitude and longitude
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)