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Australia : South Australia

17.0 km (10.6 miles) ESE of Karcultaby, SA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 81 m (265 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 33°N 45°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: Scattered small trees. #3: The white soil areas are salt. #4: More of the same...

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  33°S 135°E (visit #1)  

#1: Looking south west, a small cairn is just behind the central tree.

(visited by Frank Warner)

03-Aug-2001 -- On my way to the "Border Run", a motorcycle meeting, I picked off some of the easiest confluence points using my ex-police BMW motorcycle model K11LT. This was the 25th time this annual event has occurred, so black tie was called for. A brief trip report is at this site.

I am using a Garmin Etrex Venture, having recently obtained it for more challenging navigation in Australia. On a recent trip the use of a GPS aided some friends in finding their way, along with good maps of course. This was its first use on my motorcycle and I am very happy with it. While I do have to stop to use it I would have to stop to use the map anyway. I am not confident with using a GPS on the move unless you are just on a main highway without traffic. In this case I think a large-scale map is just as good, and that is what I normal use for tar road trips.

The confluence of 33S and 135E is just north of a tar road from Port Kenny to Pygery (near Wudinna) on the edge of a salt lake. Most people not familiar with Australia look at a map and see all these lakes, but most of these lakes are dry salt lakes that have water on very rare occasions thus Australia is a very dry place. There is a dirt track heading off the tar road at this point but it does not get you to the actual confluence. It is in the middle of some low scrub, making an uninteresting photo but it is typical of the native vegetation in the area. There is a cairn constructed by someone within 2 metres of my measured confluence point, well within the accuracy of the measurement. The stick that stood in the cairn has been knocked over.

The actual confluence point is very close to a tree, so I took the photos about 2 metres from the confluence point.


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#1: Looking south west, a small cairn is just behind the central tree.
#2: Scattered small trees.
#3: The white soil areas are salt.
#4: More of the same...
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