10-Jun-2001 -- Three Confluences in one day - well that was my aim for May 13. It ended up as two new confluences and one distant attempt. As the song goes - "two out of three ain't bad". The first visit before lunch involved a two and a half hour drive from home to S33 E150, but the road we headed down ran out a few kilometres distant from the Confluence. The second visit after lunch to S33 E148 was successful, thanks to an unmapped road easement that led to within 70 metres. The last visit to S33 E149 ended up after sunset and maybe just as well, the road was 400 metres from the Confluence.
On June 10th we decided that we needed an excuse to go bushwalking, so we headed off on attempt #2 on S33 E150. It was just as well that we had allocated all day for this confluence because we didn’t get home until 11 hours later. This time we were better prepared with 1:25,000 maps which showed the local roads - however, all had gates marked on them. Not that this always indicates private property because rural roads sometimes go through farms and they gate off the road to stop cattle wandering.
The first gate we came to was firmly locked so we decided to take an unmapped dirt track which initially headed in the right direction but then ended up at another locked gate. So we had to double-back to the road and we tried another track which had an unlocked gate on a mapped track that eventually led to within 700 metres of the Confluence. The track seemed driveable beyond this point except for a few fallen trees, but we decided that 1400 meters of walking would be good exercise.
It started out as very open and level bush, making walking easy, but then it gradually turned to denser spikey scrub as we headed downhill. Fortunately within 100 metres of the Confluence the scrub disappeared so it was possible to take reasonable photos. The Confluenec turned out to be almost at the bottom of the ridge where two creekbeds converged - a Confluence at a confluence !