Anyone been to the centre(s) of Oz ?

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 14:46
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Apparently there are 5 possible centres of Australia, anyone visited them all ? Sounds like a good holiday adventure. Also we have here the centres of all states and territories (but that will be a much longer holiday)

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Reply By: Candace S. - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 14:56

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 14:56
That's an interesting site, thanks for the link!

Looks like I drove right by the Median Point, but otherwise I haven't visited any of these. I agree, visiting the five points would make a good itinerary, possibly as part of longer travels around the centre.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 15:01

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 15:01
Just noticed this: "In Western Australia, what could be called the centre is found in the Gascoyne Region, south-east of the Carnegie Homestead (on the Gunbarrel Highway)." Is there a sign or monument for this?
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 15:57

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 15:57
Don't know about a sign, but it wouldn't be south-east of Carnegie. that position is north-west.

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Reply By: Bazooka - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 16:05

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 16:05
Pity about the datum and I would question the use of a Simple Conic projection when a true shape or equal area projection would appear to be more valid.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 23:39

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 23:39
Hi

My understanding is that they have just chosen the datum and projection of provided coords to be "compatible with most paper maps currently in use". It is not necessarily the same criteria use for doing their initial calculations of "centres" (and in fact I dont think the projection is relevant if they are just providing coords.)

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:37

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:37
Yes Greg they may have used unprojected data in ArcInfo to do the calcs. I hope so but it wouldn't be the first time such a simple error was made. The accuracy of that particular centre also depends on the source of the "50,000 points of the digitised coastline". Without details of their source and processes I'd put my money on the Lambert Gravitational centre being more correct at this point.
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 20:14

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 20:14
Gday Wicket
I made a point of going to Lamberts Geodedic Centre on a trip to the centre in 2001.

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 08:15

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 08:15
Check out this link Centroid 14 a post on the supposedly most distant point from the capital cities. If you search for 'Centroid' there are a couple of other posts.

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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 09:18

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 09:18
That'll have to go on the list !
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Follow Up By: Travelinglew - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 17:42

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 17:42
Beat me to it. The original post is one that I put up some time ago. Have seen one or two posts in various web sites since then of people who have been to it. Would be great to get this added to the site

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 18:04

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 18:04
Unfortunately I never did get to go there.
I think there were some photos in one of the original posts but because they are archive the photos don't show. It would be good if the original poster sees this thread and could re post the photos.
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Follow Up By: Travelinglew - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 07:00

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 07:00
Gday Rod,

Will have a look through my photos and see if I can find them and post them again. May have troubles though as I am not a member of this site at the moment and I don't believe that I will be able to post them.

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 12:13

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 12:13
Gday Travelinglew
Send your pictures to muzbry@yahoo.com.au and i'll put them in this site for you

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Reply By: ExplorerGaz - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 17:41

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 17:41
We did the Lambert Centre on the trip from Finke to Mt Dare Station as part of a west to east Simpson Desert crossing. It was not far in off the main track & you couldn't miss the elaborate structure with the Aussie flag flying. It looked as though some campers stopped in there in some shady spots but we only called through on a brief stop.
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