30-Jun-2001 -- This confluence is very close to the town of Maffra in Gippsland. The actual confluence is just west of the Sale-Maffra Road. I was returning home after a period of study leave in Canberra. Only a small diversion of route was required to get to the confluence.
Approach was from the Princes Highway just south of Stratford. After travelling to Maffra, take a left turn (south east) towards Sale. I travelled the couple of kilometres until the GPS clocked over at 38.000S.
After a U-turn, I parked on the road side, then walked the approx. 200m to the confluence.
The site is in a paddock of a dairy farm in the Macalister Irrigation District. I simply climbed over the fence and walked across to the confluence. There are several shallow irrigation channels in the paddock. The site is close to the western edge of the paddock, about 200m from the road. Using the GPSII, accuracy is +/-15m, so the indicated site should be close.
The first photo shows the GPS display with some minor reflections - all the data is visible. The coax leads to a home-brew antenna - I had misplaced the original. The next photo shows the GPS in the grass at the confluence, with a view roughly west. Photo 3 is view back towards the Maffra-Sale Road - roughly east. The next shot is towards Maffra, roughly north. In the view to the south, you can see one of the larger irrigation channels near the fence line. The final view is another look to the west, this time from the edge of the road looking back to the confluence.
I really must think about buying a digital camera - it took a lot longer than I anticipated to use the rest of the roll of slides. As a result, I have only just had them processed and scanned, hence the delay of nearly 3 months between the site visit and posting the images!