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Australia : Western Australia

5.6 km (3.5 miles) SE of Bow Bridge, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 19 m (62 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 35°N 63°W

Accuracy: 772 m (844 yd)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: My GPS receiver, at this closest point #3: My GPS receiver, at this closest point #4: My 2nd attempt: This is where (the north fork of) Kent River meets Irwin Inlet (about 1.3 km from the confluence point)

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  35°S 117°E (visit #4) (incomplete) 

#1: As close as I got: 772 m from the confluence point. (Kent River is about 100 m away.)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

30-Nov-2014 -- This confluence point looked intriguing, but I knew that visiting it was going to be non-trivial. Donna Weston et al had managed to visit the point (on their second attempt) by approaching from the North - by hiring a dinghy to cross the Kent River.

After studying satellite imagery, I wanted to try a different approach: From the spit east of Peaceful Bay - where Irwin Inlet empties into the Southern Ocean - I wanted to try wading across the mouth of the inlet, and then hike the remaining 4+ km (each way), to reach the confluence point from the South-west. However, when I got to the town of Peaceful Bay (what a delightful name!), I discovered that I could reach the spit only by hiking about 3 km (each way) along the beach from the town. (I saw that some vehicles were being driven along the beach, but that was clearly off-limits to my 2WD rental car.) So I realized that I didn't have enough time left in the day to attempt what would be at least a 15 km round-trip hike in total. And I wasn't even sure whether or not I'd be able to wade across the mouth of the inlet.

Onto plan B: An attempt from the North (as Donna Weston had done). I drove south down George Ebbett Road as far as my rental car could take me. This left me about 2 km north of the point. I then continued hiking south along the road. I found that I could get no closer than 772 m (including GPS error) from the point, until encountering thick brush. At this point, I was probably about 100 m from the Kent River.

I then backtracked - to 34,98488°S 117.00085°E - where a trail branches south-westward off George Ebbett Road. I took this trail to its end, on the shore of Irwin Inlet. I was then able to hike a little farther south - to 34.98874°S 116.99441°E - to the point where the Kent River meets Irwin Inlet. This was about 1.3 km from the confluence point. I tried wading across this, but realized that although it was fairly shallow, it wasn't quite shallow enough. To cross here, I'd need to carry my gear (camera, GPS, etc.) in a bag over my head. (I later learned, by reviewing satellite imagery, that this is just the north of two outlets of Kent River into Irwin inlet. I would still need to cross the second outlet - which is likely deeper than the first.) So I gave up, and counted this as an 'incomplete' visit.


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#1: As close as I got: 772 m from the confluence point. (Kent River is about 100 m away.)
#2: My GPS receiver, at this closest point
#3: My GPS receiver, at this closest point
#4: My 2nd attempt: This is where (the north fork of) Kent River meets Irwin Inlet (about 1.3 km from the confluence point)
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