06-Oct-2004 -- We had tried to visit the confluence immediately south of this one the day before, but recent rain and being unable to contact the property owner meant that we only got to within 4km, basically as close as the main road is to the point. The risk of getting bogged while driving around without tracks was too great. That and none of the fences seemed to go the right way.
After a night in White Cliffs and a very interesting drive around the "underground town" we headed north for the next stop on our short sojourn around NW NSW, Reola Station and the Big Shed, well worth a visit. On the way we were to pass within 12km of this confluence so decided to have a go at it.
We turned off the main White Cliffs - Tibooburra Rd and headed west for about 10km then turned north to follow a station track in the general direction of the confluence. About 200m later we came across a fence. With no gate in sight we parked the car and decided to walk. I guessed it would take us about 20 to 30 minutes each way plus the time for photos and celebrations when we got there. When we climbed out of the air conditioned car and into the 30°C+ heat I wondered at the wisdom of a 4km walk. Still, we had plenty of water with us.
We slid through the fence and started north. Following the "go to" route on the GPS we soon came to another fence and then a creek, with just, muddy sand in the bottom. We came to a third fence about 300m from the confluence and by this time we were all feeling the heat. Watching the GPS closely as I walked I soon started circling a small bush and realised that we were there. It was 1330hrs on the 6th October 2004 and we were first to visit this point. Our first confluence under our own steam. We did visit one in October last year with Stephen Jeffers and his family. That's what got us started. Thanks Stephen.
We really were hot by this stage. I asked Rachel to get her digital camera out and start taking photos. I did manage to get all zeros on the GPS but lost them as I moved it around trying to get rid of the glare on the screen. We took about three photos of the GPS none of which is really clear, a bit disappointing, then we took the north, south, east and west views, one of the general area and the pose shot of the family standing at 30°S 143°E.
We then set off for the car and that nice cool air conditioning. We had a couple of rest stops in what scant shade we could find. We finally made it back to the car at 1400hrs. We had done the complete walk, photos and all, in less than 1 hour. However, it had still made us late and it was time to head for Tibooburra, a cool motel and a good nights sleep.