26-Jan-2001 -- S30E115 was the first confluence of five to be attempted over
the Australia Day weekend. After waking my thirteen year old daughter
at 8am from her summer holiday sleeping habits we packed camping gear
and were on the road by 9:30am.
Maps supplied by Donna Weston indicated this confluence was
approximately 2000m from the nearest main road. After several false
starts, an access road adjacent to power lines looked promising. It
appeared to be aligned on 115° longitude, which I hoped would take us
right to the confluence. However the road forked at a change in
direction of the power lines and became impassable for 2 wheel drive
Mini and I took off on foot crossing an expansive salt flat prior to
entering some low scrub country. When it became thicker, Mini decided
to let me go ahead and wait for my return. I pushed on for a further
500m before the scrub became too thick to make good time.
With 1km to the confluence plus the return trip, I decided not to
leave Mini by herself any longer and accepted that this was an
"attempted" visit only.
I would recommend jeans and long sleeves for others approaching this