14-Jul-2007 -- After three enjoyable days exploring the Gawler Ranges and slowly making our way further west, we were now in the area of our next and fourth confluence visit for our West Coast Trip.
While nearing the Confluence area, we happened to pass a section of the Dog or Dingo Fence. The Dog Fence is the longest continuous fence in the world, over 5400 kilometres long, two and a half times longer than the Great Wall of China, it starts on the far west coast of South Australia and winds its way through 3 Australian States, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Commencing in the late 1880’s and completed in the 1940’s, the Dog fence separates the Pastoral Sheep zone to the South and the Pastoral Cattle zone to the North. The effectiveness of the fence was shown in 1989 when sections of the South Australian Dog Fence were washed down and around 20,000 sheep were lost to dingos.
Following a good wide dirt road, the GPS showed that we were nearly at the Confluence, when there was a fence across the road. This did not bother us, as we turned our vehicles around and set off on foot for the 50 metres to reach the confluence. Again, it was an easy confluence to reach and after the required photo shots taken, it was time to head further west on our trip and record yet another confluence visit.