Centroid 14 - We made it!

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 at 18:21
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WOOHOOO! We made it!

Some months ago I contacted member Lewis Kelly, on this forum, regarding an earlier post he had written about a place named Centroid 14. This spot is reputedly the most remote spot in Australia as it is as far as one can get away from any capital city. In fact, it is exactly 1441.78 km from Darwin, Adelaide and Perth.

Since we were doing the Canning, followed by the Gunbarrel, it would take us within 36 km of this location, so we made it a part of our itinerary to go find it.

Well, a group of 6 people (in 4 cars) successfully located Centroid 14 at 5.00 pm on Saturday 20 September. There is a marker post at the location, put there by the original surveyor and Lewis in 2006, which is still upright and in excellent condition. We actually found faint wheel tracks leaving the Giles - Mulga Park road and drove through bonnet high Spinifex grass for some 7 km in order to get there. We only lost the track a couple of times for its entire length, but we were able to follow our GPS to the location. We have now placed a star picket where the track off the main road begins, to make it easier for anyone else attempting to locate C14.

It was a real highlight of our trip - very exciting when you think of how few had been here before us. I know Lewis is keen for others to follow. If you're anywhere in the area around Giles weather station, it's a great way to spend a couple of hours. Contact Lewis for all the details and coordinates and if you are successful in locating C14, you can even get a certificate sent out to you - what more could you want?





Thanks for a great opportunity Lewis, it really was fun and I recommend it to all others if you get the chance.

Regards
Gerry
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 at 18:49

Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 at 18:49
There is nothing like a bit of adventure. Good on you.

Frankly I had never heard of it and having been in that area before before I am not likely to go there...but one never knows..lol



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Reply By: Member - Lewis K (QLD) - Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 at 19:10

Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 at 19:10
Gerry,

One look at the photo and man the memories it brings back. Great to see that you made it to the site. The little shrub in the photo has grown a touch in the last couple of years but other than that nothing looks to have changed. I am surprised to see that the post is still upright as I would have expected camels to have pushed it over by now.

Once I have the details of the people who made it with you I will organise for the membership certificates of the Centroid 14 Club to be sent out . Members 5 to 10 of a very exclusive club.

I am not surprised Willem has not heard of the location as it was first located in 1983 by one of my friends from WA and only named and marked in 2006 when we went back to the site and put in the post etc.

Thanks for taking the time to mark the turn off with the star picket. I do hope that others who are in the area take the time to drop in a take a look. Just a little added touch to that outback trip.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 07:05

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 07:05
G'day Gerry,
Can you post the co-ordinates for the turn off, if you have them.
Rod
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Follow Up By: GerryP - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 11:20

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 11:20
Hi Rod,
I would be happy to, but I would suggest you drop member Lewis Kelly a line as he can supply you with all the details and coordinates needed to get there. He will also organise certificates for you once you have been there.

I know Lewis and his mate Allen are keen to get this spot recognised and to encourage others to visit.

You will need permits from DIA WA - good luck explaining where you want to go... in the end I got a verbal "that should be OK I guess - if you have any hassles, tell them to ring me."

Cheers
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 16:12

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 16:12
Got the co-ords for the Centroid 14 from Lewis' previous post. Just wondered if you had co-ord for the turn off where you put the star picket.
Rod
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Follow Up By: GerryP - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 19:53

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 19:53
No worries Rod, it's at Lat 25 15 14 Lon 128 33 21 and there is a star picket with a bit of blue material on it at the turnoff. Just be aware that these cooordinates are in AGD 84 datum and not WGS.

Cheers
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Saturday, Sep 27, 2008 at 05:23

Saturday, Sep 27, 2008 at 05:23
Thanks Gerry
Rod
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 08:40

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 08:40
Now that is interesting for sure!!!
Well done.

More details such as asked above would be good, maybe David and Michelle would like to add it to the places system on here??

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Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 10:07
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 19:37

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 19:37
Cheers Jim :-)
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Reply By: pippy62 - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 11:44

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 11:44
Well guys, we have been wondering how you've been getting on..you all look well..... but what have you done with your illustrious leader and Pu Blisher?...Peter and I have been following the itinery Stuart emailed...see you at either Sandalwood or Nov meeting.
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Follow Up By: GerryP - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 19:48

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 19:48
Hi guys,

No, they decided to stay back at camp, as did the Young ones - was getting late in the afternoon and quite warm. I reckon 7 km through bonnet high spinifex and cross-country might have put them off also.

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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY (VIC)(MURRAY) - Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 12:40

Friday, Sep 26, 2008 at 12:40
Gday
What a great place for the 2010 national gathering. No complaints about being to far.
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