24-Nov-2002 -- We had made a quick attempt on this confluence last weekend. We came quite close but it was getting late and it had been raining so we decided that we we really didn't feel like crawling around in the mud at twilight. This weekend the weather was fine and we were going past again on our way the the Sunshine Coast so we had another crack at it.
We took the Bruce Highway about 50km north from Brisbane and then turned east on the Beerburum-Donnybrook road. A few hundred metres from the highway we turned onto a gravel service road which went south for a couple of kilometres past a quarry, across Elimbah Creek and joined up with a network of forestry tracks. Last week, when it had been wet, there were some difficult, muddy patches but now that the tracks were dry, they were easily suitable for our distinctly non-four-wheel-drive car. We followed the GPS to a spot about 100m north of the confluence. This is the part where you have to get out of the air-conditioned car and go thrashing around the scrub.
The area of the confluence, like much of this district, is covered by plantations of pine trees in neat rows. Between the pines is a thick undergrowth containing an unfortunate amount of lantana which made the final 100m walk a little less pleasant and prevented us from finding the magic all-zero confluence point. We settled for 14m from target.
We followed our tracks back out of the plantations. On a slight rise a few hundred metres from the confluence there were some picturesque views of a range of ancient volcanic plugs known as the Glasshouse Mountains.
The little seaside village of Donnybrook is the nearest town to the confluence. On the weekend at least, it seemed to be populated entirely by recreational fishermen who go there to take their small boats out onto the calm waters of Pumicestone Passage. After the confluence visit, we drove a few kilometres over the unpaved Beerburum-Donnybrook road to stop there for a celebratory ice-cream before continuing on to the Sunshine Coast.