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Australia : Western Australia

51.8 km (32.2 miles) NE of Derby, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 19 m (62 ft)
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Antipode: 17°N 56°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: E #3: S #4: W #5: Bullseye! 17S 124E #6: Boab tree #7: Croc country

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  17°S 124°E  

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(visited by Jeremy Marshall)

18-Sep-2011 -- The journey was only possible in a 4WD owing to the soft sands we traversed and occasional creek that typifies the unsealed and occasionally treacherous tracks which snake off the Gibb River Road.

After travelling some distance along tracks which appeared to be only rarely used (we didn't see a single person or vehicle in the 45 km or so we travelled after crossing north of the May river on the way to the site), we were forced to travel along a fence line before parking up by a windmill with a feeding trough for some cows as close as approximately 3.4 km from the degree of confluence.

We then proceeded by foot to the degree of confluence through mostly sparse trees but some areas of denser vegetation that slowed the pace slightly. All up, it took 47 mins to hike the 3.4 kilometres to the site (one way).

En route we crossed a shallow creek which we inspected very carefully for signs of Salt Water Crocodiles (taking every precaution) which there were none, and then walked through slight scrub passing the occasional Boab tree to the site. On the way back we saw some large unidentifiable grey birds that stood almost waist height. The birds took off before we could get close, unfortunately, we also saw the odd Kangaroo.

What an amazing adventure immersing yourself in untainted wilderness! Can't wait to do the next one!


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#2: E
#3: S
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#5: Bullseye! 17S 124E
#6: Boab tree
#7: Croc country
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