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Australia : Western Australia

64.2 km (39.9 miles) ENE of Lake Wells, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 458 m (1502 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 27°N 55°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: View west from the confluence #3: View north from the confluence #4: View east from the confluence #5: GPS displaying those zeroes #6: Stuart standing at the confluence, from top of sand dune #7: Babool Rockholes #8: Old Hunt Oil Road

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  27°S 125°E  

#1: View south from the confluence

(visited by Andrew Gregory and Stuart Gregory)

27-Apr-2003 -- While my previous confluence 25°S 125°E was quite remote and hard to get to, this confluence is just a short way off the Great Central Road (the new name for the Warburton Road). It should be doable with just a regular car.

When we left the previous confluence near the Gary Highway, we rejoined the Gunbarrel Highway and travelled west to Geraldton Bore, so named because the Geraldton Historic Society installed a water bore at the site.

From there we drove south down the Old Hunt Oil Road. This used to be a very good road, two graders wide. A couple of years ago someone drove the length of it in about six hours. It's now a truely horrible track. It took us two days. In places you can't even see the track anymore! Luckily, we only had one staked tyre.

The Old Hunt Oil Road rejoins the Great Central Road. We turned west and stopped near Babool Rockholes, 3km from the confluence.

This part of the country has lots of sand dunes, with grass and spinifex dotted all over the ground. A few low-lying parts have quite dense groups of trees.

There are no tracks to the confluence, so again we walked. As we got within 200m of the confluence, I thought we might luck out and have the confluence on top of a sand dune. Of course, as I got closer it became obvious the confluence would be on the side of the dune near the bottom. After the photo shoot at the confluence I walked to the top of the dune, less than 50m away, for some more photos.

After the confluence we walked to the Babool Rockholes. These are well worth the visit. They are located at 27.02055°S 125.0069°E. When we were there, dozens of finches and at least one budgie were flying in to grab quick drinks.

The sixth and final confluence for this trip is next, at 28°S 123°E.


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#1: View south from the confluence
#2: View west from the confluence
#3: View north from the confluence
#4: View east from the confluence
#5: GPS displaying those zeroes
#6: Stuart standing at the confluence, from top of sand dune
#7: Babool Rockholes
#8: Old Hunt Oil Road
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