the Degree Confluence Project

Australia : New South Wales

2.2 km (1.4 miles) SE of Kremnos, NSW, Australia
Approx. altitude: 125 m (410 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 30°N 27°W

Accuracy: 2.5 km (1.5 mi)
Quality: good

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#2: GPS reading at turn-around #3: A 'warm' welcome #4: Location of the gate

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  30°S 153°E (visit #3) (incomplete) 

#1: The gate that stopped me

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

22-Nov-2012 -- The story starts at 43°S 147°E and continues from 31°S 153°E.

The point had been visited once in 2001 where the visitors reported a 3.2 km hike (2.5 hours) to the confluence point and a 1.5 hour return. A glimpse on Google Earth revealed that there is a track within 200 m to the confluence. Moreover, the previous report mentioned that "It took us 1 1/2 hours to walk out again, the time difference reflecting walking down hill instead of up!". But the altitude of the confluence is approximately 125 m and the lowest point in the valley is 85 m above sea-level. So the height difference between the start of a hike and the confluence could not be more than 40 m.

However, I wanted to do a quicker approach by taking the track up to a distance of 200 m instead of hiking through the Sherwood Nature Reserve. It was 12:40 PM when I reached the village of Glenreagh with a distance of 6.5 km from the confluence. I took the Sherwood Creek Road along the eastern side of Orara River. The first two kilometers were on asphalt, another 2 km on a dirt track until I reached this Gate at a distance of 2.46 km. A sign made it very clear that visitors without permission are not welcome.

Right at the gate, I had a flat tire and had to patch it. After the repair, I wasn't in the mood to investigate further, because I had an invitation for staying overnight in Grafton. In order to reach Grafton before nightfall I abandoned this confluence hunt.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 1.7 km (Oara Way, probably not a good starting point)
  • Distance to a track: 200 m (seen by Google Earth)
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 2.5 km (the gate)
  • Time at turn around: 4:00 PM (I spend time with lunch, cruising around and fixing the bike)
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 2460 m
  • Topography: hilly
  • Weather: sunny, 32° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Keep Out Confluence

More pictures of the trip can found at mautz.net.

The story continues at confluence 29°S 153°E.

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#1: The gate that stopped me
#2: GPS reading at turn-around
#3: A 'warm' welcome
#4: Location of the gate
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In the Sherwood Nature Reserve.