01-Dec-2000 -- In the mining town of Blackwater with some spare time,
I decided that an attempt to find 24S 149E would be a perfect excuse to visit
Blackdown Tableland National Park. The high sandstone cliffs of Blackdown
Tableland rise 600 metres above the surrounding hot, dry plains of central
Queensland and are a prominent landmark. I’d been meaning to go
there for years.
There was one slight hitch. I had no map except for what was in the
GPS3 and that showed nothing near the confluence point which is located
somewhere in the large wilderness area of the National Park. There are few
vehicle tracks and I'd have to be lucky to get close enough to walk in the
rugged country. The sealed road ran out before it became a narrow winding
track climbing upwards through forest and sandstone boulders. Reaching the
top it was pleasing to note that the one road was heading in the right
direction -- maybe I’d be lucky.
Cliff edge lookouts, cool creeks, waterfalls, rock formations and tall forests
are interesting distractions along the way. I continued generally in the direction
of my destination until my progress was obstructed by a locked gate still 19
kilometres short of the confluence point. I’m not sure if the track would have
delivered me within easy walking distance. Flying home over the area I could
see that the point is located near the western edge of the park and no trails
were obvious in the vicinity. Still the scenery more than makes up for the
failure to reach the point.