After activating the Darke Peak summit, I drove around the corner to the Darke Range Conservation Park, and activated the park as part of the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.
The Darke Peak summit is located within the Darke Range, but not within the Darke Range Conservation Park. The mountain range, summit, town, and Conservation Park take their name from the exploirer John Charles Darke, who was injured in a spear attack by Aborigines in the vicinity of the summit on the 24th October, 1844. He died the next day and was buried at the foot of the large peak.
The Conservation Park is contained within the central section of the Darke Range, a few kms from the town of Darke Peak. The hotel here is well worth popping in and having a feed or a beer.
I set up for about half an hour and worked 8 stations in VK2, VK3, & VK5, on 40m SSB.
The following stations were worked:- Peter VK2NEO; David VK5KC; Roy VK5NRG; Matt VK3FORD/m; Andrew VK3FABE; John VK5BJE; Ted VK5KBM; and Bill VK5MBD.