04-Oct-2003 -- My mate Rob and I decided that we'd make good of the long weekend and try to hit three confluences (in a row) in three days.
We set off south for Casino and got there in shorter time than we expected, so we decided to drive through and continue south as the confluence point seemed about 15km from there according to the map we had.
We drove until we hit 29ºS. Stopping the car, we spotted a house to the west, and figuring that they'd own the land behind the house we decided to go ask them for permission to cross.
There were plenty of animals, but no people home. There was a track that ran past their house west, so we drove on that but it soon hit a fenceline. The map said there was a road to the south so we drove out back to the highway and headed south.
We turned into Coombell Road and figured it would be a safer option. We slowed the car to a stop as we hit 153ºE - we had lost a bit of ground travelling south but were happy enough to leave the car and proceed north on foot.
A causeway from a large dry creek crossed the road and headed north, which we thought was a good option. Heading down into there and past a floating fence (to keep cattle in no doubt) the creek soon veered west, so we climbed out of it and proceeded north through light bushland, all the time carefully keeping out of eye distance from the fence and crop to the east.
It started to rain, and Rob had forgotten to get his raincoat so as he trekked back to the car I had a bit of a look around and found an odd tree that I took a picture of. He was back in about twenty minutes and we were heading north again.
We arrived at the confluence after walking for just over one hour and forty five minutes. We continued walking around on the spot to line up the zeros on the GPS, had a breather and a good look around. A fair few trees are marked in the area (for logging or other purpose I'm unsure) so the next time this confluence is visited it might look a bit different! The area where the confluence is itself is a clearing, which I thought odd at the time as there were no other clearings on the way to it at all.
It started to rain so we donned our raincoats and made our way back to the car - more directly this time according to the GPS. I was a bit hesitant until we started seeing some familiar stuff (a bunch of fallen tree trunks forming a X between other trees was one).
The straighter (faster) way back to the car put three barbed-wire fences between us, and with nobody to ask in sight we just climbed over them.
Before I knew it we'd hit the creek again, and a minute (and one floating fence) later we were back at the car. I'd noticed a train track on the map so we continued along the road in the car.
We got to the train tracks just as a train went rolling into the distance, too quick to get a good photo. There were plenty of things to take photos of though; mainly the long abandoned train station, which would have been quite large in the day but is now just a twisted tin shell. Even the old station master's house still stands.
It was around lunchtime, so we travelled back to Casino to get some lunch, then made our way west to Tenterfield where we would camp the night before hitting our next confluence, 29ºS 152ºE.
More pictures (from all three days) are available at my photo site, under the 4th, 5th, and 6th of October 2003.