17-Sep-2006 -- It was a beautiful, sunny, spring day when my father Nod, my wife Ah Feng, and I decided to do a spot of fishing at the Snowy Range Trout Fishery west of Hobart. Our journey would take us through the Huon Valley, close to this confluence, so we decided to visit it en route.
With Nod driving, we set off down the freeway towards Kingston, and then turned right towards the Huon Valley. Ah Feng, who was on her first trip to Australia, sat in the front to get the full view. We stopped for petrol in Huonville, with the confluence five kilometres NW. From Huonville, we travelled through Ranelagh, and proceeded towards the confluence on road C619, the road to Judbury.
Browns Road, the dirt road that leads to the confluence, is now also the road to the Huon Bush Retreats, and a prominent sign alerted us that we were getting close. The confluence is 1.35 kilometres straight-line distance north of the turnoff; 1.8 kilometres on the odometer.
We turned right into Browns Road, and followed it until we reached the confluence visitors' parking bay, 75 metres east of the confluence. We then walked back down the road a few dozen metres before descending into the bush to the confluence below.
Ah Feng used the GPS to navigate us to the exact spot, from where we took the customary north-south-east-west photos. I also took a photo of Nod and Ah Feng standing on the point.
The area was much dryer than the last time my father and I had been here in late 2002, and it was now quite easy to see that the confluence lay on what must have once been an old cart track. This track is visible on the right of the photo looking south from the confluence.
On the way back to the main road, we stopped to photograph an old bus in which someone is living, parked a short distance off the road, 250 metres south of the confluence.
A photogenic male robin redbreast (official name: scarlet robin, Petroica multicolor) was perched in a tree in the apple orchard near the main road. Had we come two weeks later, the apple orchard would have been in full blossom.
A few kilometres further along the main road, an echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) on the side of the road caught our eye.
We rounded out the day with a successful catch consisting of two decent trout: one golden and one brown.