27-Oct-2001 -- Tchum Lake South, Victoria
Coming from 35ºS 143ºE, we were concerned that we may be destined to take some more happy-snaps in a wheat field. To our delight, we found ourselves at lovely water-hole called Tchum Lake South, with lots of bird life including swans, ducks and various native water birds.
Driving east along the road from Birchip to Wycheproof, there is an unmarked dirt road at 35º59.62’S 143º00.00’E that runs around the western shore of the lake. There are picnic tables lining the shore and we parked next to one of those to see if we could get the money-shot of the GPS.
As I walked closer and closer to the water, all of a sudden the ground collapsed and I found myself knee-deep in mud. Slowly I made my way closer to the water, but it was impossible to get all zeros without getting seriously wet or trapped in the mud. At one point I had 35º00.00’S 142º59.99’E and the GPS showing 0.03 km to go (30 metres) but by the time I got the camera out, my horizontal position deteriorated to 142º59.98’E.
Anyway, I was certainly within 100 metres so I’ll claim it as a success, but I might return late in summer when the lake dries out a bit and walk to the actual spot.
This would be a very interesting confluence to see in different seasons and with different water levels.