09-Jul-2001 -- Having visited 38S 144E and 38S 143E, I figured I'd make it a hat-trick
and fit 37S 143E into the same afternoon.
Drive from Stawell east along the road to Avoca. This is part of
the Goldfields Tourist Route. After 20kms or so the road eventually
crosses a bridge and you come to a war memorial at Joel Joel.
Immediately afterwards turn left into Glenoma Rd. This unsealed
road takes you to within 450m of the confluence. 2kms along the
road, another road from the right meets this road, just north of
37S. The confluence is on your left through two fences, just before
the small hill you can see.
As I was leaving the paddock and about to photograph the signpost
at the corner I met the landowner of a neighbouring property. He
was well aware he lived on the 37th Parallel, but wasn't aware that
143E came down and intersected it on his neighbour's property.
This is in an area of Victoria where gold fever hit strongly last
century (thus the Tourist Route mentioned above). Scattered across
the paddock (amongst the sheep and rabbit droppings) were small
quartz rocks - definitely gold country.
As well as the sheep in the paddock, there was lots of birdlife
around. As I returned to my car it was almost dusk. An egret
watched me from a dam in an adjoining paddock, flocks of lorikeets
flew around (one missing me by centimetres), and a swan flew
overhead. Several kilometres away as I drove back to Stawell I
had to brake suddenly for some Grey Kangaroos which decided to
cross the road in front of me.