My first park activation for Saturday 28th December, 2013, was Waitpinga Conservation Park, which is about 40 km west of Victor Harbor, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and about 113 km south of Adelaide.
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Marija and I had another early start from Victor Harbor and headed out west along Range Road, through the beautiful dairying district of Parawa. There are sensational views out to both the north and the south from Range Road. Out to the north are the rolling hills and valleys of the Fleurieu and out to the south is the Southern Ocean. We then turned left onto Tunkalilla Road and headed towards the coast and Tunkalilla Beach, before turning left onto Illawong Road. We reached a point on Illawong Road, where we just could not go any further in Marija’s Mitsubishi Lancer. The road was quite steep and was severely washed away in significant places. It just wasn’t worth risking getting stuck.
The Waitpinga Conservation Park is only a small park, which is about 3 hectares in size and is dedicated to the conservation of the rare Coral Fern. The park consists of low open forest of stringy bark and Pink Gum, over an under storey of bracken, tea-tree, sedges and grasses.
The vegetation within the park is very thick. Many of the native plants were out in flower during our visit. The park is located on the northern side of Illawong Road, and backs onto a pine plantation. It is quite some distance away from the beach known as Waitpinga Beach. Waitpinga in the local aboriginal language means ‘windy place’. And it was windy where we decided to set up. Despite it being a warm start to the day, a cool change was coming in quickly and the wind off the Southern Ocean was really starting to pick up.
We set up on the edge of the park in a cleared area and erected the 7m squid pole and the 40m/20m linked dipole. I tuned to 7.095 and asked if the frequency was in use, only to be greeted by Larry VK5LY with a great signal. And this was followed by Graham VK5KGP, Col VK5HCF (qrp 5 watts), Tim VK5AV, and a steady flow of callers following that from VK3 & VK5.
I managed a few Victorian park contacts & SOTA contacts whilst in Waitpinga CP. The first Victorian National Parks contact was with Marshall VK3MRG who was portable in Lake Eildon National Park, camping with the family.
I also spoke with Glenn VK3YY was portable on SOTA peak, Trapyard Hill, VK3/ VT-005, which is located within the Alpine National Park.
And then I was fortunate enough to stumble across Joe VK3YSP and Julie VK3FOWL who were portable in Cobbobonee National Park, on their extended Christmas adventure of Victorian National Parks.
My final contact in Waitpinga CP, was with Tony VK3CAT who was portable on SOTA peak, King Billy No. 1, VK3/ VE-016.
I worked a total of 29 stations on 40m SSB. The following stations are in the log:-
Larry VK5LY; Graham VK5KGP; Col VK5HCF; Tim VK5AV; Brian VK5FMID; Marshall VK3MRG/p; Allen VK3HRA; Tom VK5EE; John VK5TD; Nev VK5WG; Andy VK5AKH; Frank VK3GFS; John VK5FMJC; Nick VK3ANL; Shaun VK5FAKV; Bill VK5MBD; Glenn VK3YY/p; Ron VK5BRL; Dennis VK5LDM; Mal VK5MJ; Steve VK5ST; Grant VK5VGC; Craig VK3NCR/m; Joe VK3YSP/p; Julie VK3FOWL/p; Dave VK3VCE; Tom VK5FTRG; David VK5KC/p; Tony VK3CAT/p.
Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula, 2011, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Adelaide, South Australia