10-Mar-2001 -- This confluence lies 30 km west of Millmerran on the SW edge of the Darling Downs. While the Downs is a very fertile agricultural area this area isn’t. It is quite dry and has stony or sandy soils. I was prepared to walk 2.7 km south of the Gore Highway to locate the confluence but drove further along the highway just in case there was a handy track. I was very pleased to find Road 116 turned off the highway heading back in the right direction. (Whoever named the roads in that shire has a great imagination.) Road 116 was built for a dubious rural subdivision scheme run by an unscrupulous land sales company that sold worthless land to hopeful people, usually from big cities far away.
I was especially pleased to find the road because I could identify the plant that made up a lot of the scrubby bush. As a botanist I know it as Acacia triptera. The locals call it Hookbush. It grows in impenetrable thickets with cruelly sharp leaves that respect neither bushies nor botanists. It would have been impossible to walk from the highway.
The most exciting thing about the confluence was that it was between patches of Hookbush and it wasn’t hard to walk the 200 metres from the road through Cypress pine and Bulloak with the the pleasant sounds of the squeaky toy calls of Grey-crowned babblers. A small termite nest just a few metres from the point made a good seat to rest on before leaving to try for another point.