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Australia : Queensland

10.9 km (6.8 miles) ENE of Mapoon, QLD, Australia
Approx. altitude: 7 m (22 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 12°N 38°W

Accuracy: 1.2 km (1306 yd)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking NE from creek bank, some 1500 m from confluence #3: Typical mudflats at low tide #4: Proximity from river bank #5: Proximity from creek #6: Final transport mode

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  12°S 142°E (incomplete) 

#1: Looking NE from river bank towards confluence, some 900 m away

(visited by Gregor Carr, Troy Park, Jenna Carr and Karen Carr)

19-Mar-2017 --

Our daughter teaches at Mapoon community, situated on the traditional lands of the Tjungundji people. When planning a visit to see here, I noticed that the 12°S 142°E confluence had not been visited.

Our planned visit required flying from Brisbane to Weipa via Cairns, driving from Weipa to Mapoon, crossing the Wenlock/Ducie rivers estuary in a tinnie (aluminium dinghy), then hiking about a kilometre inland.

All looked possible from a Google Earth reconnaissance, however the ground conditions were not favourable. Our closest approach was some 900 m perpendicular from the river bank (1,195 m documented), but the bank was dense mangroves, with a healthy crocodile population.

We tried following a creek for some 300 m, hoping to get past the mangroves, but with no luck.

A new bauxite mine is planned for the area, and exploration tracks can be seen in Google Earth, some 3 km north of the confluence – that may provide an easier approach.


 All pictures
#1: Looking NE from river bank towards confluence, some 900 m away
#2: Looking NE from creek bank, some 1500 m from confluence
#3: Typical mudflats at low tide
#4: Proximity from river bank
#5: Proximity from creek
#6: Final transport mode
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