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Australia : Queensland

4.0 km (2.5 miles) SE of Mount Jukes, QLD, Australia
Approx. altitude: 5 m (16 ft)
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Antipode: 21°N 31°W

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

#2: Mangroves up close. #3: GPS. #4: Bustards. #5: Cane train with sugar cane for the mill. #6: Sugar fields and coastal scenery, confluence is in the distance on the right.

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  21°S 149°E (visit #2)  

#1: Mangroves at the confluence.

(visited by Owen Foley)

08-Sep-2001 -- This confluence point about 25 km northwest of the sugar growing city of Mackay is easily reached. It is a pleasant drive through some attractive scenery with sugar fields growing close to the sea. There is a good dirt road to within 400 metres and an easy walk across an area of long grass brings you to a saltmarsh on the edge of a large and rather dense patch of mangroves. With the sugar harvest in full swing, I had to wait for a cane train to go past to get to the confluence which is just on the landward edge which makes it a lot easier to get to than if it was just a little way in.

This region has a very high tidal range (about 18 feet) and it was a very wet wet season when the confluence was first attempted. This probably accounts for the assessment that a boat might be required but when I visited it was an easy walk with no need to get my boots wet at all. I was lucky enough to get a good view of a few bustards as I walked through the long grass. These large birds are now uncommon in much of their former range but still fairly common in central Queensland.


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#1: Mangroves at the confluence.
#2: Mangroves up close.
#3: GPS.
#4: Bustards.
#5: Cane train with sugar cane for the mill.
#6: Sugar fields and coastal scenery, confluence is in the distance on the right.
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