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Australia : New South Wales

4.3 km (2.7 miles) SW of Murrumbateman, NSW, Australia
Approx. altitude: 594 m (1948 ft)
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Antipode: 35°N 31°W

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#2: The dam, looking northeast #3: GPS

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  35°S 149°E (visit #2)  

#1: Looking at the confluence from the north. The pack is on the confluence.

(visited by Greg Sullivan)

11-Feb-2001 -- The Richter's directions were impeccable. All I had to do was to make one slight alteration - decide that it *was* appropriate to walk the 650m to the actual confluence! :)

The fences are all electric, it seems, and I received two jolts which, while not terrible, weren't exactly pleasant. It's easier to just walk further to the big gates and climb over the gates. (some of the gates were open, though) Having said this, though, I didn't find a gate for the very first fence - the fence that runs parallel to Scrubby Lane. This fence is barbed, and it was quite tricky to negotiate. I really wished I either had a partner, or a step ladder. There must be an easier way over this fence - I probably should have looked for longer.

There is a dam very close to the confluence. (about 20m to the east of the confluence - see photo 2)

While I was wandering around looking for gates etc, I saw a 4WD vehicle a couple of hundred metres to the south, zig zagging towards me. I wondered whether it might be an angry farmer (I hadn't gotten permission), but whoever it was disappeared after a while. Looks like I got away with it.

The southern side of Scrubby Lane (the side of the confluence) is mostly just fields of wheat. On the northern side there is a row of houses, widely spaced. In photo 2, Scrubby Lane is right where the treeline is, 650m away, to the north.

When I returned to my car at the end of the dirt road portion of Scrubby Lane (i.e, at the scrubby/not-scrubby transition point), I saw some teenage guys out the front of their house just across the road, so I went over and attempted to a) explain what I was doing, and b) ascertain whether in fact the property belonged to their family. I failed dismally at doing either of these - they said that "anyone can go down there", and didn't seem to care when I told them I had gone over the fence into the fields. They also didn't seem the slightest bit interested in the confluence web site. :)

Greg.


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#1: Looking at the confluence from the north. The pack is on the confluence.
#2: The dam, looking northeast
#3: GPS
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