the Degree Confluence Project

Australia : Western Australia

57.4 km (35.6 miles) SW of Laverton, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 428 m (1404 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 29°N 58°W

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#2: Looking east #3: Looking west #4: Looking south #5: The confluence #6: Self portrait #7: Proof

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#1: Looking north

(visited by Des Vlietstra)

13-Feb-2004 -- According to my 1:250000 map this confluence would require a 4 km hike through bush. I originally planned to visit it on Monday 9 Feb but with a sweltering temperature of 52°C which is not conducive to bushwalking, I decided to postpone the visit to Friday the 13th. The day started off with a continuation of the previous evening's rain which certainly helped cool this part of the world down, but also turned the unsealed roads into mud. Being fortunate enough to have a 4 wheel drive and a little bit of time the mud was not an issue. I did a 60km detour while driving between Laverton and Leonora and managed a succesful visit.

I was suprised to find a reasonable but rather muddy unmapped track running off the main unsealed road in the general direction of the confluence and thus was able to drive to within 400 metres of the point. The countryside consists of normally dry hard packed stoney red earth and dusty bush with an abundance of flies, and is otherwise flat and featureless, Without a compass or GPS you can get lost easily in this type of bushland so it is important to make a note of your veichle's position regardless of how close you park it to the confluence.

After a short walk I found the spot took my photos, had a brief look around and with the clouds looking menacing I put my camera away and started back to my 4x4 only to almost walk into a gorgeous Big Red Kangaroo who was resting under a tree. Unfortunately, by the time I had retrieved my camera from my backpack all that was left was a little dust as he disappeared, hopping off into the distance. It was an easy confluence point to find and a perfect day, overcast and cooler than the heat wave we have been experiencing. The only drawback is the time I will have to spend geting my now very muddy vehicle back to its own colour. Despite it being Friday the 13th nothing untold occurred; it certainly pays not to be superstitious.

 All pictures
#1: Looking north
#2: Looking east
#3: Looking west
#4: Looking south
#5: The confluence
#6: Self portrait
#7: Proof
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