the Degree Confluence Project

Australia : New South Wales

1.0 km (0.6 miles) SE of Homestead, NSW, Australia
Approx. altitude: 844 m (2768 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 29°N 28°W

Accuracy: 7 m (22 ft)
Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The view east from the confluence #3: The view south from the confluence #4: The view west from the confluence #5: The GPS #6: The ground at the confluence point

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  29°S 152°E (visit #3)  

#1: The view north from the confluence

(visited by Chris Gray and Robert King)

05-Oct-2003 -- My mate Rob and I decided that we'd make good of the long weekend and try to hit three confluences (in a row) in three days.

On the second day we packed the tent up at Tenterfield amid pouring rain, hoping that the weather wouldn't stay around after we were on our way to the confluence.

We both knew we weren't that far from the confluence, but still weren't totally agreeing on the best way to go - I thought following the stream would be the best bet, whereas Rob was looking for some tree cover to walk through.

After driving back and forth past 29ºS trying to spot ways to go further, we settled on asking the residents of a farmhouse, Rabbit Flats, for some directions/help.

Waiting at the gate, we were greeted by the farm owner, flanked by five bulldogs. He spent about five minutes pointing and waving into nearly every direction, and after showing him a map he gave us the name of the guy who owned the land the confluence was on.

We drove back south toward Tenterfield, not completely sure of the directions we had received. We saw a road heading in the general direction (Geyers Road) and turned into that. After driving along that for about 15 minutes (and two more stops at houses) we were really close to the confluence (we guessed about 50 metres) while still in the car! We looked ahead and spotted the nearest house.

The owner, Stephen Willoughby (sp?) was friendly enough, and after explaining what we wanted he said to just go open the gate and go in. We asked if he wanted to join, but "he had some weeding to do", so we went back ourselves.

Opening the gate we drove in and found a spot to park not far from the road. We walked over a slight hill over some moss-covered rocks, and found ourselves in a large clearing. With all the zeros lined up I started taking the photos only to find we weren't alone in the paddock. A large black stallion was staring us down from a distance to the south (visible in the photo). He got a bit closer, complained, then walked off.

We had a bit of a look around, then headed back to the car quite happy to have had such an easy (and quick) time getting to our second confluence. We set off for Texas where we'd camp the night, before attempting our third confluence, 29ºS 151ºE.

More pictures (from all three days) are available at my photo site, under the 4th, 5th, and 6th of October 2003.

 All pictures
#1: The view north from the confluence
#2: The view east from the confluence
#3: The view south from the confluence
#4: The view west from the confluence
#5: The GPS
#6: The ground at the confluence point
ALL: All pictures on one page