25-Nov-2014 -- This is the first time that I’ve ever visited a Degree Confluence Point shortly after sunrise. In fact, it’s rare that I’m ever awake for a sunrise. In this case, however, visiting very early in the day seemed like a good idea, because I wanted to visit this point - on a golf course - before players started arriving. Fortunately, this time I found it very easy to wake up early, because the previous evening I’d flown into Perth from the Australian east coast - so my body clock was still 3 hours ahead.
I first tried driving southwards down adjacent highway 4, to check whether there was any way to pull off on the side of that highway - at around 32 degrees south - and park there. However, it became clear that there was no way for me to do this legally, so instead I tried ‘Plan B’: an approach from the North. I turned onto Hale Road and then Morrison Road, and parked there. At 31.99538°S 115.99832°E a sandy path headed off to the West; then, at 31.99645°S 115.99718°E it dog-legged to the South, heading along the western edge of the golf course. The path was extremely sandy - like walking on a beach; so much so that I had to take off my shoes and walk in bare feet.
After I reached 32 degrees south, I hiked eastwards across scrub - then across a low fence - onto the golf course. The confluence point lies on one of the fairways, just west of a small pond (water hazard). While I was at the point, the grounds keeper came by on a mower, so I explained to him what I was up to, and asked him if it was OK for me to take some photos. I'm not sure he understood the significance of this fairway, but he let me continue nonetheless. After taking my photos, I backtracked to return to my rental car.