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Australia : Queensland

1.5 km (0.9 miles) SSE of Beaudesert, QLD, Australia
Approx. altitude: 59 m (193 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 28°N 27°W

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#2: Dan Klein, intrepid explorer (me), as photographed from the fate. #3: Lorette and the nice old lady, from the confluence. The Beaudesert golf course is way off across that field. #4: A slough to the east of the confluence, with mountains in the background. #5: This is the requisite GPS shot. Missed it by "that much":-)

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  28°S 153°E (visit #2)  

#1: A view from the confluence, looking Northwest, across the bush to the mountains…

(visited by Daniel Klein and Lorette Cheswick)

06-Jul-2000 -- The day Lorette and I drove to 28S 153E (and also 28S 152E) was in between times that I had to teach a class and deliver a lecture at the SAGE-AU conference at Bond University. Lorette had rented a car, and since her husband Bill and daughter Kestrel were far more interested in attempting to destroy their vestibular-ocular systems on roller coasters, we dropped them at the Dreamworld amusement park and set off for the hills.

Literally. Armed with a large scale map of Queensland and a really bad set of downloaded maps in the Garmin, we drove over hill and dale, passing very long dead volcanic cones, lots of eucalypts and evergreens, until we reached the town of Beaudesert.

Finding the confluence was easy -- and so was getting to it -- all it takes is some imagination. We rang the doorbell of a very nice old lady, and asked her if we might walk across her yard and take a couple of pictures. When she inquired why we wanted to do that, we asked, "Well, have you ever seen a GPS?" "Oh, yes," she replied. "Well, there's this bunch of crazy yanks who go to degree confluences, taking pictures... " and she was sold!

Initially, she just pointed across the field, but then she walked with us to the gate, which we couldn't get open. So I jumped over the fence, and walked the additional 75 yards to the confluence. When we left, she even gave us some fresh macadamia nuts -- we cracked them right there, yummy!


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#1: A view from the confluence, looking Northwest, across the bush to the mountains…
#2: Dan Klein, intrepid explorer (me), as photographed from the fate.
#3: Lorette and the nice old lady, from the confluence. The Beaudesert golf course is way off across that field.
#4: A slough to the east of the confluence, with mountains in the background.
#5: This is the requisite GPS shot. Missed it by "that much":-)
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