09-Mar-2002 -- Tychum Lake South, VIC.
I first visited this confluence back in October 2001 when the lake was partially filled with water, so I could only get within about 30 metres of the confluence without getting seriously wet or bogged in the mud.
At the time I speculated that a bit later in summer it might be possible to walk right out the confluence, if the lake dries out enough.
It was the labour day long-weekend in Victoria from 9 March 2002 to 11 March 2002 so we decided to do another trip up to outback NSW, aiming for six previously unvisited confluences plus another attempt at 34°S 144°E
where I had an unsuccessful attempt a few weeks ago.
This confluence is more-or-less directly on the way to our first planned “new” confluence near Mildura, so we drove up to the nearby town of Birchip on Friday night after work.
I had the alarm clock set for 6:30 a.m. in advance of an expected sunrise of 7:20 a.m. With Ada and the kids sound asleep in bed, I headed out to Tychum Lake South (about seven kilometres from Birchip) shortly before dawn on Saturday morning.
Sure enough, the lake was almost completely devoid of water and I was able to get right out to the spot and then sit and wait for the sunrise.
Birchip's major tourist attraction is a statue of a large red mallee bull in the main street.
Continued at 34°S 142°E