10-Mar-2001 -- Sometimes fortune smiles on you. The weather was much better than the forecast and I managed two confluences in a day and both with easy access. This one was 1.9 km south of the Warrego Highway 30 km west of Dalby on the western edge of the Darling Downs. Much of the country around is used for growing grain and cotton. I found a conveniently located track between fields of cotton and sorghum, that lead me to within 250 metres of the point. It was an easy walk through grassy woodland to the confluence. It is only 50 metres away from the bank of the Condamine River which is a major tributary of the Murray-Darling river system, Australia’s largest. The water here would travel more than 2000 km before it would reach the sea on the southern side of the continent. That is, if it wasn’t caught up in the massive irrigation systems further downstream. Australia’s biggest river system is severely degraded because so much water is removed from it.
The afternoon of my visit the air was full of the raucous screeching of thousands of Sulphur-crested cockatoos disturbed by the rumbling of an approaching thunderstorm. They love the nearby field of sorghum but I’m not sure that the farmer feels too kindly toward them.