26-Jan-2001 -- This was the second confluence visit on the 2001 Australia
Day weekend with my daughter Mini.
The drive from our "attempted" s30e115
confluence was uneventful with a north easterly drive to waypoints
entered into the GPS at the Coolimba Eneabba Road turn off from Coast
Road, Eneabba, Three Springs and Morawa. We headed north to Evaside
Crossing north of Morawa on the Mullewa Wubin Road and crossed the
railway line. From there the confluence was about 40m east of the
Muthingootha Road as indicated on the map. This was too easy compared
with s30e115! A short stroll into the paddock, a few photos then
returning to the car for a cup of billy tea before heading towards
This country is part of the Western Australian "wheat belt" although
some of the land looked too rocky and harsh to till.
The shadows were growing longer due to our relatively late start
(9:30am) and Mini and I knew that we would not reach s28e116.
After leaving s29e116 we headed along the Mullewa Wubin Road and
turned off onto the Tardun Pindar Road which was gravel. This
substantially shortened the trip to Pindar as we cut off one side of the
triangle to Mullewa, one of the main towns in the region (population
2000). Pindar consisted of wheat silos, a rail siding and a number of
support buildings. Tried to ring my wife Jane from a phone box to let
her know of our whereabouts however it was out of order. Mobile phones
certainly did not work out here either!
We decided to push on to Tallering Station as my map indicated
accommodation and it was only 12km from Pindar. Kangaroos and rabbits
had started to show themselves on the roads at about 5:00pm and I didn't
want to be travelling at dusk when most accidents with our local fauna
occur. My sedan was not fitted with a 'roo-bar and hitting kangaroos,
which have a habit of hopping directly into headlights, may result in
enough damage to make the car undrivable.
Tallering looked deserted except for the obligatory sheep dogs and
four wheel drives. The property owners were having a drink outside
after a hot day (+40°C) when we pulled up. The owner indicated that the
station was not set up for station stays at this time of the year
however agreed that we could camp the night. The night sky was
fantastic, crystal clear and a new moon that was only three days old,
setting at about 8:00pm. We watched the International Space Station
cruise across the sky just before 9:00pm and saw a few shooting stars
before turning in about 10:00pm.
The following day we headed for s28e116.