27-Dec-2002 -- My previous confluence attempt at 22°N 114°E was a mere 27.9 kilometres from home. This one was a little further afield, 7,970 kilometres away! It was, however, only 29.1 kilometres from my father's home in Hobart, where I was staying over Christmas and New Year.
On a clear sunny Tasmanian summer morning, my father Nod, his wife Jennifer, my sister Sasha and I headed southwest down the A6 freeway from Hobart, then west along highway C619, through the small town of Ranelagh, until we reached Browns Road, 1.35 kilometres south of the confluence. We turned right up Browns Road, and soon left the apple orchards behind us. Browns Road is a gravel road, and as we made our way towards the confluence, we passed several derelict cars by the roadside, no doubt stolen and then abandoned there by joy riders.
With Nod at the wheel and Sasha navigating, we drove past the confluence, which was just off the road to our left, and continued on a short distance until we came to the parking spot described by the previous visitors, Scott and Rowan Anderson. Just as they did, we parked the car, walked back down the road, then scrambled down the slope to the spot itself. We took photos in all directions: north, south, east and west, then set the camera on a large tree stump and used the self-timer for a group shot.
After completing this confluence visit, we continued on to our ultimate destination, a confluence of another sort a further 25 kilometres WSW. This is the point where the Picton River flows into the Huon River. The famous Tahune forest AirWalk, a cantilever walkway just visible in the top left of the photo, affords a spectacular view.
The next day we would tackle a "virgin" confluence at 43°S 148°E.