Cromer Conservation Park VKFF-779

This morning (Friday 31st July 2015) I headed out to the Cromer Conservation Park, which is located about 5 km north of Birdwood in the Mount Lofty Ranges.  It is about a 30 minute drive from home, through the Adelaide Hills.

I had activated Cromer previously as part of the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award, but this was my first time in the park as part of the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  Cromer had been allocated a VKFF number in March this year.

And today was also World Ranger Day.  World Ranger Day, which is observed annually on the 31st of July, commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.  For more information, please see…..

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It was a freezing morning, with the Adelaide Hills having had another very cold night and a morning frost.  I was on a day off from work, and had slept in a bit, so it was just after 8.00 a.m. by the time I hit the road.  I had to use a bucket of water to get the ice off the windscreen of the Toyota Hi Lux.  Generally the temperature gauge is accurate, and it was showing 0 degrees C.

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Above:- Map showing the location of Cromer CP.  Image courtesy of

I travelled out through Nairne, to Woodside and then on to the little town of Mount Torrens.  I continued north to Birdwood which is the home of the National Motor Museum.  From Birdwood I travelled north on the Cromer Road which starts off as bitumen, but soon changes to dirt.  The park is located about 5 km out of Birdwood and is well signposted.  The Mount Crawford Forest borders the park and this part of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges is very picturesque.

Cromer CP is 50 hectares in size and represents one of the largest contiguous native remnant vegetation parcels within the Upper Torrens catchment area in the Mount Lofty Ranges.  The park was declared in 1976.  It provides significant habitat for a variety of flora and fauna.  There were quite a few Western Grey kangaroos on the road, braving the morning cold.  And sadly I found a young female kangaroo (doe), dead on the side of the road, not far from the park entry on Cromer Road.  And deceased alongside of her was her young joey which was probably only a few months old.  Obviously she had been hit by a passing vehicle.  Not the most pleasing start to the activation.

I set up my fold up table and deck chair just inside the park entry on Cromer Road.  For this activation I used my normal portable equipment consisting of the Yaesu FT-857d, and my 40m/20m linked dipole, supported on the 7 metre telescopic squid pole.  I tied off the ends of the dipole to some gum trees in the parks, so the ends of the legs were about 4 -5 feet off the ground.

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Above:- Map showing my operating spot.  Map courtesy of

I headed to 7.144 which I had nominated as my operating frequency, and asked if the frequency was in use.  This was immediately answered by Greg VK5GJ at Meadows, in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges.  Greg was running just 4 watts, but still had a good 5/7 signal to Cromer.  Greg kindly spotted me on parksnpeaks.

Next caller was John VK5BJE at Scott Creek with a nice 5/9 signal, who also spotted me on parksnpeaks.  This was followed by Tony VK5FTVR at Strathalbyn who was very strong.  I worked a total of 12 stations before the UTC rollover, in VK1, VK2, VK3, VK5, & VK6.  This included a call from Julie VK3FOWL who was at a school at Ormond in Victoria.  Julie conducts amateur radio classes at schools, and asked if she could call back a bit later with some of the students.  Of course, I agree, as anything to promote the hobby is a great thing.  And Julie and her hubby zJoe VK3YSP certainly do a lot to promote the hobby.  After the UTC rollover I worked a further 5 stations in VK2, VK4, & VK5, before heading off to 20m.

On 20m I called CQ on 14.244 and this was answered by George VK4GSF at Toowoomba with a good strong 5/9 signal.  This was followed by Greg VK5GJ, who although very weak, was very readable.  Again, Greg spotted me on parksnpeaks.  Spotting is very much appreciated, as it not only helps the activator, but also helps the park hunters.

Next up was another Queenslander.  This time, Ron VK4QO with a nice strong 5/9 signal.  My next taker was Brian VK5BC who was kind enough to place me on the DX cluster.  This clearly resulted in my first DX contact for this activation, Dave YB0AJZ in Jakarta.  My laster taker on 20m was Anthony VK6MAC who was portable in the South West of Western Australia.

After working a total of 11 stations on 20m in VK2, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7 and Indonesia, I headed back to 40m and called CQ again on 7.144.  This was answered by Col VK5HCF at Mount Gambier.  I worked a further 7 stations including Mick VK3PMG who spotted me on parksnpeaks.  Shortly after I was called by Julie VK3FOWL.

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When things slowed down a little, I tuned across the 40m band and found Rob VK2QR calling CQ from SOTA summit, Mount Ikes, VK2/ SW-030.  Rob was a very nice 5/9 signal, and is always one of the strongest SOTA activators that I hear on the band.  I headed back to 7.144 and called CQ again, where I spoke with Cleeve VK2MOR, who placed me on the DX cluster.  This was followed by Rex VK3ARG.  But despite a number of CQ calls I had no further callers, so I headed back to 20m for a final listen before going QRT.

I headed to 14.244, but found Colin VK4LAC calling CQ on 14.245.  I gave Colin a call who had a good 5/9 signal.  Colin advised that he was just newly licenced, so I was very pleased to get Colin in the log.  Colin kindly left me the frequency and I was then called by Albert S58AL in Slovenia.  I was a little surprised to hear Albert as it was very early, only midday local time.  So long path to Europe was still opening up.  My last taker was Brooke VK4RZ with a 5/9 plus signal.

I ended up with a total of 51 contacts in the log for this activation, which I was very pleased with, considering that this was a weekday.

I have a special QSL card for this activation for World Ranger Day, which I will send via email upon request.  Send an email to

VK5FANA Cromer CP QSL card

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5GJ
  2. VK5BJE
  3. VK5FTVR
  4. VK5EE
  5. VK2UH
  6. VK6DW
  7. VK3MEG
  8. VK3FOWL/p
  9. VK1DI
  10. VK5PL
  11. VK2IO
  12. VK2GAZ
  13. VK4GSF
  14. VK7MK
  15. VK2PDW
  16. VK2MMM
  17. VK5GJ (after the UTC roll over)
  18. VK5HCF
  19. VK5FANA
  20. VK3PMG
  21. VK4AAC/5
  22. VK3UH
  23. VK3TKK
  24. VK5ZGY/m
  25. VK3BHR
  26. VK3FOWL/p
  27. VK2XXM
  28. VK3FENV
  29. VK3PF
  30. VK4RF
  31. VK4HA
  32. VK2NCS
  33. VK2PKT
  34. VK2LAD
  35. VK2QR/p (SOTA)
  36. VK2MOR
  37. VK3ARG

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4GSG
  2. VK5GJ
  3. VK4QO
  4. VK5BC
  5. VK7MK
  6. VK6BP
  7. VK2GKA
  8. YB0AJZ
  9. VK4CEF/m
  10. VK6MAC/p
  11. VK4LAC
  12. S58AL
  13. VK4RZ

An update on SA Parks

As a result of the proposed addition of some more South Australian parks for the World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF) program, I decided to review my list and compare it with official information.  This is a follow up to an old post back in June 2014.

The State of South Australia (S.A.) has a total of 21 National Parks and 271 Conservation Parks.  These parks are managed by the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).  SA is currently divided into 8 different Natural Resource Management regions (NRM).  They are as follows:

  1. Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
  2. Alinytjara Wilurara
  3. Eyre Peninusla
  4. Kangaroo Island
  5. Northern and Yorke
  6. South Australian Arid Lands
  7. South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
  8. South East

This is a relatively new group of regions which commenced in about July, 2013.  The seven old regions were as follows:

  1. Adelaide
  2. Kangaroo Island
  3. Murraylands
  4. Northern and Yorke
  5. Outback
  6. South East
  7. West


Above:- Map showing the eight DEWNR Regions.  Courtesy of

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges.

This region’s total area is approximately 11,200 square kilometres.  Around 59% of that is land and 41% marine waters.  It supports around 1.3 million people which equates to 80 % of South Australia’s population.  The region includes metropolitanAdelaide and the western side of the Mount Lofty Ranges, extending from Mallala and the Barossa in the north, to the Fleurieu Peninsula in the south.  The region also extends up to 30km into the marine environment.  The region supports remnant busland, agriculture and horticulture, urban areas, beaches, spectacular coastal scenery and marine environments.


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Above:- Map showing the Adelaide & Mt Lofty boundaries.  Image courtesy of

The Region is divided into seven subregions as follows:

  1. Metropolitan Adelaide
  2. Northern Coast and Plains
  3. Northern Hills
  4. Central Hills
  5. Willunga Basin
  6. Fleurieu Peninsula
  7. Marine

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Above:- Map showing the subregions of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM.  Image courtesy of

There are a total of 46 parks in this region, comprising of 2 National Parks, and 44 Conservation Parks.  Parks in this region comprise nearly 17% of all parks in the State.  The parks in this Region are as follows:

  1. Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park
  2. Angove Conservation Park
  3. Belair National Park.
  4. Black Hill Conservation Park
  5. Charleston Conservation Park
  6. Cleland Conservation Park
  7. Cromer Conservation Park
  8. Cudlee Creek Conservation Park
  9. Deep Creek Conservation Park
  10. Eric Bonython Conservation Park
  11. Eurilia Conservation Park
  12. Ferguson Conservation Park
  13. Fort Glanville Conservation Park
  14. Giles Conservation Park
  15. Gum Tree Gully Conservation Park
  16. Hale Conservation Park
  17. Hallett Cove Conservation Park
  18. Horsnell Gully Conservation Park
  19. Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park
  20. Kenneth Stirling Conservation Park
  21. Marino Conservation Park
  22. Mark Oliphant Conservation Park
  23. Moana Sands Conservation Park
  24. Montacute Conservation Park
  25. Morialta Conservation Park
  26. Mount Billy Conservation Park
  27. Mount George Conservation Park
  28. Mylor Conservation Park
  29. Myponga Conservation Park
  30. Newland Head Conservation Park
  31. Nixon Skinner Conservation Park
  32. Onkaparinga River National Park.
  33. Port Gawler Conservation Park
  34. Porter Scrub Conservation Park.
  35. Pullen Island Conservation Park
  36. Sandy Creek Conservation Park
  37. Scott Creek Conservation Park
  38. Spring Mount Conservation Park
  39. Stipturus Conservation Park
  40. Talisker Conservation Park
  41. The Knoll Conservation Park
  42. Torrens Island Conservation Park (administered by the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary)
  43. Waitpinga Conservation Park
  44. Warren Conservation Park
  45. West Island Conservation Park
  46. Yulte Conservation Park

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Above:- Map showing the vegetation types in the Region.  Image courtesy of

For more information please see…..


Alinytjara Wilurara

The Alinytjara Wilurara (AW) natural resource management (NRM) region covers the north west third of South Australia. In Pitjantjatjara, ‘alinytjara’ means ‘north’ and ‘wilurara’ means ‘west’.  The AW NRM region covers more than 250,000 square kilometres, stretching from the Northern Territory and West Australian borders south to the Great Australian Bight. The regional boundary extends to the edge of the State Waters (three nautical miles off-shore) in the Great Australian Bight and includes the South Australian part of the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. The land and its 340 kilometres of coastline are mostly dedicated to conservation and traditional Aboriginal use and occupation. The homelands and community townships are inhabited by approximately 4,000 people.



Above:- Map showing the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Region.  Image courtesy of

There are a total of 5 parks in this region, comprising of 1 National Park, and 4 Conservation Parks in this region. They are as follows:

  1. Mamungari Conservation Park
  2. Nullabor National Park
  3. Pureba Conservation Park
  4. Tallaringa Conservation Park
  5. Yumbarra Conservation Park

For more information please see….


Eyre Peninsula.

The Eyre Peninsula region covers a significant area of South Australia (80,000 square km / 8 million ha) and includes part of the upper Spencer Gulf, the City of Whyalla, across the southern boundaries of the Gawler Ranges, past Ceduna to the edge of the Nullarbor Plain and south to the fishing hub of Port Lincoln. Native vegetation covers about 44% of the land mass.  The coastline in this region stretches for about 2,475 km in length.  The region supports a population of about 55,000 people.


Above:- Map showing the Eyre Peninsula NRM Region.  Image courtesy of

There are a total of 75 parks in this region, which comprises about 27 % of all of the parks in South Australia.  Here are the parks in the Eyre Peninsula Region:

  1. Acraman Creek CP
  2. Avoid Bay Islands CP
  3. Baird Bay Islands CP
  4. Barwell CP
  5. Bascombe Well CP
  6. Boondinna CP
  7. Calpatanna Waterhole CP
  8. Cap Island CP
  9. Cape Blanche CP
  10. Caralue Bluff CP
  11. Carapee Hill CP
  12. Chadinga CP
  13. Cocata CP
  14. Coffin Bay NP
  15. Corrobinnie Hill CP
  16. Darke Range CP
  17. Eba Island CP
  18. Fowlers Bay CP
  19. Franklin Harbor CP
  20. Gambier Islands CP
  21. Gawler Ranges CP
  22. Great Australian Bight National Park
  23. Greenly Island CP
  24. Heggarton CP
  25. Hincks CP
  26. Ironstone Hill Conservation Park
  27. Kathai CP
  28. Kellidie Bay CP
  29. Kulliparu CP
  30. Lake Gilles CP
  31. Lake Newland CP
  32. Laura Bay CP
  33. Lincoln NP
  34. Lincoln CP
  35. Lipson Island CP
  36. Malgra CP
  37. Middlecamp Hills CP
  38. Moody Tank CP
  39. Mount Dutton Bay CP
  40. Munyaroo CP
  41. Murrunatta CP
  42. Neptune Islands CP
  43. Nicholas Baudin Island CP
  44. Nuyts Archipelago CP
  45. Nuyts Reef CP
  46. Olive Island CP
  47. Peachna CP
  48. Pigface Island CP
  49. Pinkawillinie CP
  50. Point Bell CP
  51. Point Labbatt CP
  52. Rocky Island (North) CP
  53. Rocky Island (South) CP
  54. Ruddall CP
  55. Sceale Bay CP
  56. Searcy Bay CP
  57. Shannon CP
  58. Sheoak Hill CP
  59. Sinclair Island CP
  60. Sir Joseph Banks Group CP
  61. Sleaford Mere CP
  62. The Plug Range CP
  63. Tucknott Scrub CP
  64. Tumby Island CP
  65. Venus Bay CP
  66. Verran Tanks CP
  67. Wahgunyah CP
  68. Waldegrave Islands CP
  69. Wanilla CP
  70. Wanilla Land Settlement CP
  71. Wharminda CP
  72. Whidbey Isles CP
  73. Whyalla CP
  74. Wittelbee CP
  75. Yeldulknie Conservation Park

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Above:- Parks on the Eyre Peninsula.  Image courtesy of

For more information please see….


Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island (KI) lies approximately 15 kilometres off the Fleurieu Peninsula in southern South Australia. The island covers an area of 4,370 square kilometres and is home to approximately 4,400 people who reside primarily in the four townships, the largest being Kingscote. The island welcomes more than 160,000 visitors each year, one third of whom are international guests.

KI contains the highest proportion of remnant vegetation of all South Australian agricultural regions. Around 40% of the island is covered by native vegetation, maintaining significant areas of relatively intact ecosystems.

The region is noted for its abundant wildlife, thanks to relatively few predators and extensive native habitats. Kangaroo Island and its marine waters are home to:

  • 18 species of terrestrial mammals
  • 255 recorded bird species
  • 18 reptile species
  • 6 frog species
  • 231 recorded fish species
  • 5 kinds of seagrass
  • up to 600 species of marine algae.


Above:- Map showing Kangaroo Island Rehion boundaries.  Image courtesy of Kangaroo Island NRM Plan 2009 

Kangaroo Island has a total of 22 parks, consisting of 1 National Park, and 21 Conservation Parks.

  1. Baudin CP
  2. Beatrice Islet CP
  3. Beyeria CP
  4. Busby Islet CP
  5. Cape Gantheaume CP
  6. Cape Willoughby CP
  7. Cygnet Estuary CP
  8. Dudley CP
  9. Flinders Chase NP
  10. Kelly Hill CP
  11. Lashmar CP
  12. Lathami CP
  13. Lesueur CP
  14. Mount Taylor CP
  15. Nepean Bay CP
  16. Parndana CP
  17. Pelican Lagoon CP
  18. Seal Bay CP
  19. Seddon CP
  20. Simpson CP
  21. The Pages CP
  22. Vivonne Bay CP


Northern and Yorke.

The Northern and Yorke (NY) natural resources management region extends for 34,500 square kilometres, or more than three million hectares. It is a varied and productive portion of South Australia and includes 1,350km of coastline and adjacent marine areas.

The region encompasses the Yorke Peninsula, the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, the southern Flinders Ranges and significant areas of Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.

The region supports a population of approximately 95,000 people who reside in agricultural, coastal and urban communities. It welcomes a large number of visitors each year to destinations that include Innes National Park, the Clare Valley and the Southern Flinders Ranges.

The region includes traditional Aboriginal lands of the Kaurna, Narrunga, Nukunu, Ngadjuri, Meru, Danggali, Barngala and Adnyamathanha people.

The major urban centres are the cities of Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Clare, Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo.

Natural resources underpin a range of industries. Approximately 80% of the region is under agricultural cropping and grazing production contributing a quarter of the South Australia’s agricultural earnings. The region embraces the major Clare Valley wine growing area, and supports significant mining and mineral processing activities, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, horticulture and tourism.

Northern and Yorke and its marine waters are home to:

  • 1,299 native species of vascular terrestrial plants
  • 33 native species of terrestrial mammals
  • 304 recorded native bird species
  • 91 native reptile species
  • 9 frog species.


Above:- Map of the Northern & Yorke NRM Region.  Image courtesy of

This region is divided into three districts as follows:

  • Upper North
  • Lower North
  • Yorke Peninsula

There are a total of 24 parks in this region, comprising of 2 National Parks, and 22 Conservation Parks. They are as follows:

  1. Althorpe Islands CP
  2. Bird Islands CP
  3. Black Rock CP
  4. Carribie CP
  5. Clements Gap CP
  6. Clinton CP
  7. Goose Island CP
  8. Innes NP
  9. Leven Beach CP
  10. Martindale Hall CP
  11. Minlacowie CP
  12. Mount Brown CP
  13. Mount Remarkable NP.
  14. Mount Brown CP
  15. Point Davenport CP
  16. Ramsay CP
  17. Spring Gully CP
  18. Telowie Gorge CP
  19. The Dutchmans Stern CP
  20. Troubridge Island CP
  21. Warrenben CP
  22. Wills Creek CP
  23. Winninowie CP
  24. Yalpara CP

For more information please see…..


South Australian Arid Lands.

The SA Arid Lands region cover over half of South Australia, taking up the state’s north-east corner to its borders with New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The region’s environmental processes are determined by irregular rainfall and other episodic weather events that rarely follow predictable annual cycles. The region includes some of the driest parts of South Australia and has the largest percentage of intact ecosystems and natural biodiversity in the state. These iconic terrestrial ecosystems – including sandy deserts, stony plains, and the Gawler, Flinders and Olary ranges – are home to a range of unique plants and animals, many of which are only found within the region.

The human population in this semi arid region is small (less than 2% of the state) and geographically dispersed. The largest towns, Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs, are both associated with mining and are home to less than 5000 people, while the remaining scattered towns all have less than 1000 occupants.

Pastoralism is the most dominant land use, with over 400,000 square kilometres taken up by sheep and cattle stations. Large mining and petroleum companies also operate in the arid lands. Aboriginal land holdings are diverse and include pastoral leases, community managed land, indigenous protected areas and co-managed parks.

The region contains some of the state’s most environmentally significant natural resources including conservation reserves and National Parks, as well as two great inland water systems: Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre and the Great Artesian Basin.

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Above:- Map showing the SA Arid Lands NRM Region.  Image courtesy of

This region is divided into the following 6 districts:

  • Gawler Ranges
  • Kingoonya
  • Marla-Oodnadatta
  • Marree-Innamincka
  • North Flinders
  • North East

There are a total of 16 parks in this region, comprising of 7 National Parks, and 8 Conservation Parks in this region. They are as follows:

  1. Bimbowrie CP
  2. Breakaways CP
  3. Ediacara CP
  4. Elliott Price CP
  5. Flinders Ranges NP.
  6. Gawler Ranges National Park
  7. Ironstone Hill CP
  8. Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre NP
  9. Lake Gairdner NP
  10. Lake Torrens NP
  11. Malkumba-Coongie Lakes NP.
  12. Pualco Range CP
  13. Simpson Desert CP
  14. Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges NP
  15. Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs CP
  16. Witjira NP

For more information please see…..


South Australia Murray Darling Basin

The SA Murray-Darling Basin region extends from where the River Murray crosses the border from Victoria into South Australia, down to where it meets the sea at the Coorong. It covers 70,000 square kilometres and includes six distinct ecological areas:

  • River Murray
  • Coorong and Lower Lakes
  • Murray Mallee
  • Murray Plains
  • Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges
  • South Olary Plains.

The region’s natural resources support a wide range of human activities. The River Murray supplies the majority of the water needs for the capital city of Adelaide as well as other towns in the state. The natural resources also support tourism, recreation and manufacturing, as well as one of the most productive agricultural areas in South Australia. About 82% of the land in the region is used for primary production, including pastoral lands, dryland cropping, grazing, horticulture, irrigation and dairy farming.

Within the region, there are ecosystems that are of state, national and international significance, including the Ramsar-listed Chowilla Floodplain and the Coorong and Lower Lakes. As a result, there are large areas of National Parks dedicated to nature conservation.

The region is also home to a diverse range of native plants and animals, many of them under threat:

  • 95 species of native mammal, of which 45 are under threat
  • 110 species of native reptiles, of which two are endangered and five are vulnerable
  • 13 species of native frogs, with the Golden Bell Frog considered nationally vulnerable
  • 31 species of native freshwater fish, with four listed as threatened
  • 3 species of threatened native estuarine fish.


Above:- Map of the Region.  Image courtesy of

The region is divided into the following 4 districts:

  • Rangelands
  • Ranges to River
  • Riverland
  • Mallee & Coorong

There are a total of 47 parks in this region, comprising 2 National Parks, and 44 Conservation Parks.  This consists of nearly 17% of the parks located in South Australia.  The region’s parks are as follows:

  1. Bakara CP
  2. Bandon CP
  3. Billiatt CP
  4. Brookfield CP
  5. Bullock Hill CP
  6. Carcuma CP
  7. Caroona Creek CP
  8. Cooltong CP
  9. Coorong NP
  10. Cox Scrub CP
  11. Danggali CP
  12. Ettrick CP
  13. Ferries McDonald CP
  14. Finnis CP
  15. Hesperilla CP
  16. Hogwash Bend CP
  17. Hopkins Creek CP
  18. Kapunda Island CP
  19. Karte CP
  20. Kyeema CP
  21. Lowan CP
  22. Maize Island CP
  23. Marne Valley CP
  24. Media Island CP
  25. Mimbara Conservation Park
  26. Mokota CP
  27. Monarto CP
  28. Morgan CP
  29. Mount Magnificent CP
  30. Mowantjie Willauwar CP
  31. Murray River NP
  32. Ngarkat CP
  33. Ngaut Ngaut CP
  34. Pandappa CP
  35. Peebinga CP
  36. Pike River CP
  37. Pooginook CP
  38. Poonthie Ruwe CP
  39. Ramco Point CP
  40. Red Banks CP
  41. Ridley CP
  42. Rilli Island CP
  43. Roonka CP
  44. Salt Lagoon Islands CP
  45. Scott CP
  46. Swan Reach CP
  47. White Dam CP

For more information please see…..

South East

The South East Natural Resources Management (SE NRM) region covers an area of approximately 28,000 square kilometres and is bounded by the Victorian border to the east, the Southern Ocean to the south and the Coorong to the west. This area of South Australia is commonly referred to as the Limestone Coast due to its proximity to the coast and the abundance of limestone located under the soil, which acts as a filter to produce high quality water.

The climate of the region is characterised by cool wet winters and mild to hot, dry summers. Average annual rainfall varies considerably within the region, from approximately 850mm in the south to 450mm in the north of the region. With a favourable climate, suitable soils and underground water, the South East has a strong history as a highly productive area that supports a diverse and profitable industry base. The region contributes about $5 billion per annum towards the South Australian GDP with more than 30% of the State’s GDP produced by the South East’s agricultural sector. The key economic activities in the region supported by natural resources include plantation forestry, wine/viticulture, agriculture, dairy, potatoes, fishing/aquaculture and their associated industries.

The region is distinguished by a series of stranded dunes that rise between 20-50 metres above interdunal plains. These plains can be inundated over winter and host a variety of internationally-recognised wetland systems, including the Ramsar-listed Bool and Hacks lagoons and part of the Coorong and Lower Lakes Wetlands. The region also hosts and extensive network of limestone sink holes and caves, which include the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves.

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Above:- Map showing the South East boundaries.  Image courtesy of

The South East Region is divided into three SENRM groups:

  • Northern
  • Central
  • Southern


Above:- Map showing the South East NRM Groups; Northern, Central & Southern.  Image courtesy of

There are a total of 57 parks in the South East region, comprising 2 National Parks, and 55 Conservation Parks. This is about 21% of the total parks in South Australia.  The parks are as follows:

  1. Aberdour Conservation Park
  2. Bangham Conservation Park
  3. Baudin Rocks Conservation Park
  4. Beachport Conservation Park
  5. Belt Hill Conservation Park
  6. Big Heath Conservation Park
  7. Butcher Gap Conservation Park
  8. Calectasia Conservation Park
  9. Canunda National Park
  10. Carpenter Rocks Conservation Park
  11. Christmas Rocks Conservation Park
  12. Custon Conservation Park
  13. Desert Camp Conservation Park
  14. Dingley Dell Conservation Park
  15. Douglas Point Conservation Park
  16. Ewens Ponds Conservation Park
  17. Fairview Conservation Park
  18. Furner Conservation Park
  19. Geegeela Conservation Park
  20. Glen Roy Conservation Park
  21. Gower Conservation Park
  22. Grass Tree Conservation Park
  23. Guichen Bay Conservation Park
  24. Gum Lagoon Conservation Park
  25. Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park
  26. Hanson Scrub Conservation Park
  27. Jip Jip Conservation Park
  28. Kelvin Powrie Conservation Park
  29. Kungari Conservation Park
  30. Lake Frome Conservation Park
  31. Lake Hawdon South Conservation Park
  32. Lake St Clair Conservation Park
  33. Little Dip Conservation Park
  34. Lower Glenelg River Conservation Park
  35. Martin Washpool Conservation Park
  36. Mary Seymour Conservation Park
  37. Messent Conservation Park
  38. Mount Boothby Conservation Park
  39. Mount Monster Conservation Park
  40. Mount Scott Conservation Park
  41. Mullinger Swamp Conservation Park
  42. Narracoorte Caves National Park
  43. Nene Valley Conservation Park
  44. Padthaway Conservation Park
  45. Penambol Conservation Park
  46. Penguin Island Conservation Park
  47. Penola Conservation Park
  48. Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park
  49. Pine Hill Soak Conservation Park
  50. Reedy Creek Conservation Park
  51. Talapar Conservation Park
  52. Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
  53. Telford Scrub Conservation Park
  54. Tilley Swamp Conservation Park
  55. Vivigani Ardune Conservation Park
  56. Woakwine Conservation Park
  57. Wolsley Common Conservation Park

For more information please see……



Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Natural Resources,

VKFF Hunter statistics

And here we go with some of the VKFF Hunter statistics.  Remember, that the VKFF program commenced in March 2013.  So I have started in that year.

In 2013, the Top 5 WWFF Hunters in Australia were myself VK5PAS and Larry VK5LY (tied on 39 different WWFF references), followed by Bernard VK3AMB with 38, then Ron VK3AFW on 37, and then Peter VK3PF on 33.

No Australian operators appeared in the Top 44 in the World.  The stats there are amazing.  Coming in at number 44 in the World was SP5ICQ in Poland, with 655 different WWFF reference areas.  Coming in at number one was Luciano I5FLN in Italy, with a staggering 1,360 references.  This just goes to show the popularity of the WWFF program in Europe.

Of note, all of the Top 44 Hunters in the VKFF list were Australians.

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In 2014, Peter VK3PF was the leading WWFF Hunter with a total of 85 different WWFF reference areas, followed by VK5PAS with 83, Amanda VK3FQSO with 81.  There was then quite a gap, with number 4 being Matt VK1MA with 62 different WWFF references, and rounding off the Top 5 was Nev VK5WG also with 62.

Again, no VK’s in the Top 44 in the World.  Luciano I5FLN was at the top again with 1,826 different WWFF references.  I just shake my head at that amazing total.  At number 44 in the World was SA5BZT in Sweden, with 928 references.

Albert S58AL and Luciano I5FLN did sneak into the VKFF list, as the popularity of the VKFF program increased in 2014.

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So far in 2015, Peter VK3PF is leading with a massive 146 different WWFF references for this year to date, followed by Amanda VK3FQSO with 128, and then VK5PAS and Adrian VK5FANA, both with 123.  And rounding off the top 5 is Peter VK3TKK with 113 different references.

And this year, we have no VK’s in the Top 44 in the World.  Leading once again is Luciano I5FLN with 1,283 different references.  At number 44 in the World is SM5BXC in Sweden, with 628 different references.

And now the popularity of the VKFF program increasing, and more VKFF activators getting on to some of the DX bands such as 20m, quite a few Europeans appear in the top 44 list.

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More WWFF stats

After reading a comment by Pit YO3JW re breaking down the WWFF stats by year, I decided to have a look at the build up of the WWFF program here in Australia, by looking at the 2013, 2014, & 2015 Activator statistics as they relate to Australia (this post only relates to Activators – I will look at the Hunter progress in another post).

The World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program commenced in Australia in March 2013.  Here are some stats for that year.

In 2013, in the Top 44 Activator classification (References), we had two Aussie representatives.  They being Joe VK3YSP and Julie VK3FOWL.  Joe reached number 26 on 25 references activated.  And Julie was on number 31 with 21 references activated.  I recall this year that Joe and Julie went on quite a big trip, activating National Parks all across Victoria.  What a great effort, 25 unique WWFF reference areas in one year, and featuring in the Top 44 Activators worldwide.

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And below is a list of the Top VKFF Activators for 2013.  There were 32 in total.  On the top was Joe VK3YSP, followed by Julie VK3FOWL, John VK5BJE with 14 references for that year, Paul VK5PAS with 13, and Peter VK3ZPF rounded off the top 5 with 12 WWFF references for 2013.

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We then move on to 2014.  WWFF has now been running for not quite 2 years in Australia.  And in the Top 44 we have 2 different Australian hams.  They being John VK5BJE at position number 26 in the World, with 38 different references activated in 2014.  Tony VK3VTH is sitting in position number 41 with 27 different WWFF references.  What a great effort by both John and Tony.

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The Top 44 VK list shows that the WWFF program has grown in Australia.  The number of Australian activators has increased.  In 2013 we had just 32 Australian amateurs provide their log for upload.  Now e have over 44.

Sitting on top now with 38 references for 2014 is of course, John VK5BJE.  This is followed by Tony VK3VTH with 27 references, Nick VK3ANL with 24 references, Joe VK3YSP with 20, and Julie VK3FOWL with 19.  It is very pleasing to see a number of Foundation calls in the list.  It proves that operating portable, generally puts everyone, no matter what their licence class, on an equal playing field.

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And then on to 2015.  WWFF in Australia is now just under 2 & 1/2 years old.

So far, half way through the year, we have a total of five Australians in the Top 44 Activator List for References in the World.  With 32 references, sitting in position 16, is yours truly, VK5PAS.  Closely followed by Tony VK3VTH in position 20 in the World, on 30 different WWFF references.  Then comes Peter VK3PF in position number 26 with 24 references.

It is really pleasing to see a Foundation operator from Australia, holding down position 31.  Doug VK2FMIA has a total of 23 WWFF references for 2015.  And in position 41 is another Foundation call, Rob VK4FFAB, with a total of 17 different WWFF references for 2015.  Both Doug and Rob certainly fly the flag for WWFF in their respective States.

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The Australian Activator list for 2015, shows Paul VK5PAS sitting on top with 32 unique references, closely followed by Tony VK3VTH with 30 references, then Peter VK3PF with 24.  And then Doug VK2FMIA with 23 references, and Rob VK4FFAB with 17 references.

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So as Australian Activators, considering our population, we are doing extremely well.  And the WWFF program in Australia is catching on in popularity, as I am sure will be evident by the next post, where I will have a look at the evolution of WWFF park hunting in Australia.

And remember, that these stats are only representative of logs provided by Park Activators for upload to the WWFF LogSearch system.  There has been a lot of other park activity, but sadly, for a variety of different reasons, those logs have never been provided for upload.

So, please, if you activate a qualifying park for WWFF, please provide your log for upload.  It is simply a matter of forwarding via email to VK5PAS, an ADIF file or a CSV file (template found on WWFF Australia website) and your log will be uploaded.

73 & 44

Paul, VK5PAS

(WWFF Co-ordinator Australia)

Top players in WWFF

Yesterday after having a chat with Tony VK3VTH on the phone, I had a look at the LogSearch platform for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.

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I was interested to see that Tony VK3VTH was in the Top 44 ACTVATORS in the WORLD.  A great effort Tony, considering the number of hams we have down here, and how new the WWFF program is here in Australia.  Tony is sitting on 70 WWFF references worked.

And just outside the Top 44 Activators list are a few other Aussies.  Peter VK3PF is just 1 off, sitting on 62 references, followed by John VK5BJE who is on 60 references.  We all know how active Peter and John are in activating parks, not only in their own home States, but all across Australia.  Well done Peter and John.

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I then looked at the Top 44 ACTIVATOR list for AUSTRALIA.  Of course, sitting on the top, was Tony VK3VTH on 70 different WWFF references, followed by Peter VK3PF on 62, John VK5BJE on 60, yours truly VK5PAS on 45, and Peter VK3ZPF on 42, rounding off the top 5.

The top activator in the world by the way is SP9YFF in Poland, with an amazing 405 different WWFF activations.

And in the Top 44, I see a lot of Foundation calls which is great.  Julie VK3FOWL is sitting on 37 WWFF reference areas activated, Doug VK2FMIA is on 27 references, Rob VK4FFAB is on 17 references, Brett VK4FTWO is on 3 references, Amanda VK3FQSO is also on 3 references, Phillip VK2FPJR is on 2 references, and Alan VK5FAJS is also on 2 references.

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The WWFF LogSearch platform also shows the Top Activators as far as the number of QSOs.  Again, sitting proudly at the top is Tony VK3VTH with 6,893 QSOs (the European park hunters love Tony), Johan PA3EXX with 5,426 QSOs (Johan has activated numerous rare Australian IOTA’s, thus the reason why he is on the Australian list), yours truly with 3,316 QSO’s, Peter VK3PF with 2,477 QSOs and Andrew VK1NAM, rounding off the top 5, with 2,107 QSOs.

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And finally I looked at the Top 44 Hunter list in AUSTRALIA.  At the top of the list is Peter VK3PF with 209 different WWFF references, followed by myself with 186 references, Amanda VK3FQSO with 179, Peter VK3TKK with 153, and wrapping up the top 5 is Gerard VK2IO with 130 different WWFF references.

It was also to see a number of European call signs in the Top 44 Hunter list for Australia, proving the popularity of the VKFF program.  They include Luciano I5FLN in Italy, Max IK1GPG in Italy, Albert S58AL in Slovenia, Xaver DK4RM in Germany, Hink S52KM in Slovenia, Uwe DL2ND in Germany, and Axel DL1EBR, also in Germany.

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At this stage, we do not have any VK Hunters in the Top 44 Worldwide Hunter list.  Number 44 there is OH3GZ with an amazing 2,791 different WWFF references.  The top Hunter worldwide is Luciano I5FLN with a staggering 5,136 different WWFF references.

So in just over 2 years that WWFF has been running in Australia, we have some very active WWFF Park Activators and Hunters.

For more information on the World Wide Flora Fauna program, please have a look at the global website at…..

And the Australian (VKFF) website at…..

To access LogSearch, you first need to register (which is Free and Easy).  LogSearch can be located at…….

Check it out.  You might just find you have some award certificates waiting there for you.

VK100ANZAC – Farina QSL card

A special QSL card has been designed for our recent activation at Farina of VK100ANZAC.

I can send the card for FREE as a PDF and/or JPEG.  Send me an email if you would like an electronic form of the card.

Or if you would like a printed version, please send a Stamped Self Addressed envelope to…..

Mr. Paul Simmonds,

PO Box 169,

Mount Barker,