07-Apr-2000 -- Australia's remote and very sparsely
populated Northern Territory has only a few roads, spread far apart.
Because of this, most of its degree confluences will be difficult to
reach without off-road vehicles. Fortunately, however, [-23,134] - the
confluence immediately to the northeast of Alice Springs - is an easy
hike from a paved road (the "Plenty Highway"). To reach this
confluence, I took the Stuart Highway north from Alice Springs, crossed
the Tropic of Capricorn (latitude -23.442028; see photo 6), then later
turned right (eastwards) onto the Plenty Highway. At its closest point,
this highway passes just 2.6 km north of the confluence. At this point I
parked and started hiking south to the confluence.
The area here is open range land within a large cattle station. The 2.6
km hike began through thinly spaced bush, then crossed a flat flood
plain, then entered another region of thinly spaced bush. (At this point
I startled a large goanna, which unfortunately ran away before I could
photograph it.) 400 metres from the confluence, I crossed the (dry)
Edwards Creek (see photo 5). After crossing the creek, I passed through
an undulating rocky area, with the confluence just beyond.
Much of the Northern Territory is very flat, but - as you can see from
the photos - this particular confluence has some interesting looking
hills nearby (e.g., photo 1).