08-Jun-2004 -- A few days before our visit to the 33°S 139°E confluence near Peterborough in South Australia, we had successfully completed our first ever confluence visit, at 31°S 135°E. Buoyed by this success, we looked on our maps for other confluences near to were we were travelling at the time.
This particular confluence was roughly 15km ESE of where we were staying for a night at Peterborough and looked like it was within 400m of an easy track. We thought it would make a good start to our day to visit this confluence point, not knowing whether or not the confluence had been previously visited.
The morning of 8 June 2004 was bright and sunny and we left Peterborough just before 9am and by 9:15am we had reached the track that would take us to our target.
The track looked like a well maintained sheep station track with a closed, but unlocked, gate at the entrance. There was nothing on the gate to suggest that the track was not public access so we proceeded through it - respecting the Australian tradition of leaving all gates the way we found them.
Approximately 5km along this track we reached the line of the 33S parallel. At this point we abandoned our 4WD and took to foot. Our target was about 400m inside a flat grazing paddock to our east.
On this sunny morning the paddock was empty. But there was certainly plenty of signs of recent activity here, with a lot of sheep droppings in evidence.
We quickly found the confluence point and took the requisite photos. As anticipated, the confluence was an easy target...which probably explains why it had been visited before (as we found out when we returned home to start wrtiting up these notes!!).
The first visit here was in the summer heat of January 2001. Our visit adds a winter perspective to this confluence point.
Simon & Rod Chapple