14-Apr-2001 -- 3 weeks ago we heard about the confluence project. As we are currently on a business trip in Western Australia, we will spend some time for visiting one or a few more of the confluences.
And that is the first one: 20S120E, on the one hand just 350m away from the Great Northern Highway, on the other hand in the middle of nowhere, 160 km from Port Hedland and 440 km from Broome.
Goldsworthy, which is shown in some maps more closer, doesn't exist anymore. Twelve years ago it was a temporary mining town with about 2000 people, now the natural landscape is completely rebuilt, just a railway trail and a service road remind of that. Nearby spots, which are mentionable, are the wonderful Cape Keraudren sandy beach, the Pardoo Roadhouse for hungry mates and some very interesting and authentical aboriginal engravings. (Pic 5).
We are situated in Port Hedland and we used the Easter Weekend 2001 for a short trip to Broome, a holiday resort about 600km north-east.
We started early in the morning and after the first 150km we had breakfast at Pardoo Roadhouse, the first of 2 Roadhouses in middle of Great Sandy Desert.
Just a further 10 km trip brought us very close (about 350m) to the confluence point. We parked the car beside the street at the gravel, improved our outback outfit with Australian safety boots, a genuine Kangaroo hat, protective sun glasses and used a sun protection with factor 30 as well a an insect repellent.
Just after a few metres of walk we recognized how piercing the meagre dry grass (Spinifex) can be and only 100m off the highway everything looked completly similar in all directions, the ideal area to get lost! During our walk to the most wanted point we saw a variety of wildlife, for instance a Pilbara Ningaui (ed. a tiny marsupial mouse, about the size of a matchbox) and a Spinifex Hopping-mouse and amazing flora like the Desert Parakeelya.
We took our shots at the confluence 20S120E where the sun tried to dry us out merciless and therefore we returned as quick as possible to the air conditioned car.
We are targeting further confluences in the neighborhood.... more to come.