Sydney Margaret Range - NT

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DEG: -21.29224 129.01942
DMS: 21º 17' 32.06" S 129º 01' 9.93" E
UTM: 52 K 7645509mN 502014mE
Altitude: 372.52m


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Population - Place Name


996.71kms South of Darwin

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Lake Mackay NT
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Sidney Margaret Range Royal Geographical Journal, 1910 - p.694.Shown on 'Sketch Map of a route into the interior of North West Australia from a prismatic compass traverse by Sidney Weston, 1908-09'.

Explorer Michael Terry recorded this feature during his 1933 expedition. He also mentions that Weston named the "Sydney Margaret Range" after his (Weston's) daughter. Certainly many features to the west around the Murraba Range bear names of Terry's 1933 party (eg Nicker Creek after Ben Nicker).

The range straddles the WA-NT border.

The Sydney and Margaret Range is a place of hidden secrets. From the outset, it appears to be a simple range of low rocky hills but once you penetrate into the heart of the range, you are surprised by just what lies within. From our high vantage point within the range in our 2014 expedition, we found we were looking across a broad valley, the northern face of which was a series of sheer stone cliffs 12 metres high. The floor of the valley ran flatly right up to the cliffs that reared vertically. We ran all the way along the base of this wall to the end of the valley where the sand dunes encroached forming an impenetrable turpentine thicket. Here a point on the map was marked as Lucky Pool. Again nothing was found. (Mick O - June 2014)
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Closest Weather Station

Rabbit Flat at 17/12:00pm CST
Distance from Sydney Margaret Range 160.96km NE
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Closest Climatic Station

Rabbit Flat
Distance from Sydney Margaret Range 160.96km NE
Mean Max. °C38.837.335.833.928.225.426.029.434.337.038.738.5
Mean Min. °C24.123.521.616.711.
Mean Rain mm105.098.179.322.415.

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