08-Mar-2018 -- I had previously visited this point just over 8 years ago, in February 2010. Finding myself in the Sydney area once again, I decided to revisit it, to get a drone’s eye view of the point.
Unfortunately the point - and surrounding area - looks just the same as it did 8 years ago. The area has been widely used for dumping of tires, cars, paint cans, and other equipment. Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, so it’s sad that the one Degree Confluence Point that lies within greater Sydney should be so ugly.
The rusting metal post that I noticed at the point 8 years ago is still there - but has corroded even more. In a few years it may disappear completely. This would please me, because the vegetation within a very short distance of the point is actually quite pretty. It’s just the surrounding area that’s such a dump - literally.
After my visit, I drove to the southeastern corner of Botany Bay (about 20
km east of the Degree Confluence Point) where - almost 248 years ago, in April 1770 - Captain James Cook landed, becoming the first European to visit the eastern coast of the Australian continent. In his log, Cook noted his landing place as being "Latitude 34° South, Longitude 208° 37’ West”. Today, it's unusual to describe longitudes greater than 180 degrees. "208° 37’ West” would now be written as "151° 23’ East”. The actual longitude of Cook’s landing point is about "151° 19’ East”; however for navigators in the 18th Century, longitude was difficult to measure precisely.
Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.