08-Sep-2001 -- This confluence point about 25 km northwest of the sugar growing city of Mackay is easily reached. It is a pleasant drive through some attractive scenery with sugar fields growing close to the sea. There is a good dirt road to within 400 metres and an easy walk across an area of long grass brings you to a saltmarsh on the edge of a large and rather dense patch of mangroves. With the sugar harvest in full swing, I had to wait for a cane train to go past to get to the confluence which is just on the landward edge which makes it a lot easier to get to than if it was just a little way in.
This region has a very high tidal range (about 18 feet) and it was a very wet wet season when the confluence was first attempted. This probably accounts for the assessment that a boat might be required but when I visited it was an easy walk with no need to get my boots wet at all. I was lucky enough to get a good view of a few bustards as I walked through the long grass. These large birds are now uncommon in much of their former range but still fairly common in central Queensland.