Newland Head Conservation Park VKFF-0922

On Sunday 18th October 2015, my wife Marija suggested we go for a drive as it was such a beautiful day.  And she hinted to take the radio gear, so I didn’t let the opportunity slip.  We packed the 4WD and headed south for the Newland Head Conservation Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  The park qualifies for the World Wide Flora Fauna program and is VKFF-0922 and also qualifies for the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.

We drove down to the little town of Strathalbyn and then further south through Finnis and then the wine growing region of Currency Creek.  We stopped off for a stretch of the legs and a look at the magnificent canoe tree at Currency Creek on the side of the Strathalbyn – Goolwa Road.  The tree is a very large River Red Gum and is listed with the National Trust of South Australia.  Aboriginal people used wood and bark to construct canoes.  The length of this particular trees scar is about five metres, which indicates that the canoe was capable of carrying a number of people.

We continued on to the seaside towns of Middleton, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor.  We again stopped briefly to admire the view of Victor Harbor from Range Road.

Newland Head Conservation Park is located about 100 km south of Adelaide and about 15 km south west of Victor Harbor.  The park protects two long beaches, Waitpinga and Parsons, along with rocky headlands and surrounding coastal vegetation including the sand dunes.  The park takes its name from Newland Head which features prominently at the eastern boundary of the park.  The park is about 12 km2 in size and is popular with surfers and fishermen.  It is believed that Waitpinga is an aboriginal word meaning ‘Windy Place’.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the park, south of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of SA Maps Viewer.

We decided to head to the Waitpinga Beach section of the park, and took a brief photo stop at the corner of Waitpinga Road and Dennis Road.  If you continue west along Waitpinga Road, you will reach the Parsons Beach section of the park.


The view as you travel along Dennis Road into the park is very nice.  The mighty Southern Ocean is visible, as are the sand dunes and the adjacent Waitpinga Creek which flows out into the ocean.


Prior to setting up we had a quick look at all the activity on the beach.  There were quite a few surf fisherman trying their hand in catching salmon and mullett.  You certainly do not want to try swimming here.  This is not a swimming beach!  If you travelled south, the next piece of land you would reach is Antartica.  Waitpinga Beach has rough waves, power rips and not to mention the White Pointer sharks that frequent the area for a feed of fish.  There was a fatal shark attack here back in 1989, whilst I was working in the area.

We then travelled to the campground area for a look at Dennis Hut which was built in 1890.

We then headed back to the Waitpinga Beach carpark and carried the radio gear down the boardwalk and onto the beach.  I was the only one on the beach with a squid pole, not doing any fishing!  For this activation I ran the Yaesu FT-857d and 40 watts, and the 40m/20m linked dipole supported on my 7 metre telescopic squid pole.  Because it was such a sunny day, we even set up the solar panels to keep the 44 amp hour power pack charged up.

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Above:- Map showing my operating spot in the park, south of Adelaide.  Map courtesy of SA Maps Viewer.

Prior to calling CQ I headed for 7.144 and worked Rob VK4AAC who was operating portable from Karte Conservation Park.  Rob had a nice 5/9 signal coming in from the South Australian/Victorian border area.  I then moved down to 7.135 and asked if the frequency was in use and this was immediately answered by John VK5BJE in the Adelaide Hills.  Next up with Terry VK3UP, followed by Mick VK3PMG who was portable in the Creswick Regional Park, VKFF-0964, north of Ballarat.

Band conditions on 40m appeared to be very good and I had a nice steady flow of callers from VK5 and the eastern States of Australia.  It wasn’t long before I had another VKFF park in the log.  This time it was Dave VK2JDC who was operating portable from the Cattai National Park, VKFF-0092, in the Hawkesbury region of Sydney.  Dave had a good strong 5/8 signal coming in to Waitpinga Beach.

A number of contacts later I spoke with Richard VK5ZRY who was activating the Clinton Conservation Park, VKFF-0813, on the Yorke Peninsula.  Richard had his normal 5/9 plus signal.

I went on to work a total of 64 stations on 40m in VK2, VK3, VK4, and VK5.  This included four parks, and a nice contact with Amanda VK3FQSO who was running just 1 watt and was a very respectable 5/7.

I then QSYd to 20m where I worked a total of 49 stations in VK6, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Czech Repiublic, and Switzerland.  The only VK caller was John VK6NU (5/5 both ways).  My first taker on 20m was Xaver DK4RM.  Prior to going QRT I worked special event call, VK2015TDF being operated by Chris VK3FY.

I was very happy as I had a total of 113 stations in the log, including some nice contacts into Europe on the long path on 20m.

After packing up we headed down Waitpinga Road and to the Parsons Beach carpark, where you can enjoy the excellent views of both Parsons Beach and Waitpinga Beach. There is a small plaque here commemorating Andrew ELLIS who drowned here back in 1986.  In fact a number of people have drowned here at Waitpinga and Parsons.  You would never catch me swimming here.

The sun was just starting to go down in the west.  The photos below are looking west along the coast towards Cape Jervis, where you catch the ferry from the South Australian mainland over to Kangaroo Island.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK4AAC/5 (Karte Conservation Park VKFF-0898)
  2. VK5BJE
  3. VK3UP
  4. VK3PMG/p (Creswick Regional Park VKFF-0964)
  5. VK5LSB
  6. VK5STU
  7. VK3DAC
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK2VW
  10. VK5FTRG
  11. VK3NBL
  12. VK5FANA
  13. VK2JDC/p (Cattai National Park VKFF-0092)
  14. VK2NEO
  15. VK5KDK
  16. VK5PL
  17. VK2BFC
  18. VK3FOLK
  19. VK2BDR
  20. VK5FKYM
  21. VK3ZMD
  22. VK5AV
  23. VK5ZAR
  24. VK3HRA
  25. VK3HB
  26. VK5PET
  27. VK2AWJ
  28. VK4RF
  29. VK4HA
  30. VK3VKT
  31. VK3HBR
  32. VK3FRJK
  33. VK5HAC
  34. VK5NRG
  35. VK3FMRC
  36. VK3TKK
  37. VK3FQSO
  38. VK5JW
  39. VK2YK
  40. VK5JK
  41. VK3FTAD
  42. VK2PKT
  43. VK3FPSR
  44. VK3BGE
  45. VK3CNW
  46. VK2MOR
  47. VK2IO/m
  48. VK5FTCT
  49. VK3VIN/p
  50. VK3TQ
  51. VK3NBV
  52. VK5ZGY
  53. VK3FAPH
  54. VK5ZRY/p (Clinton Conservation Park VKFF-0813)
  55. VK3KLB
  56. VK1AT
  57. VK7ROY
  58. VK3FABE
  59. VK4FFAB
  60. VK3HK
  61. VK3KHZ
  62. VK3MCX
  63. VK4FBMW
  64. VK3FIRM

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. DK4RM
  2. S52KM
  3. I5FLN
  4. S58AL
  5. DL2ND
  6. IK1GPG
  7. F1BLL
  8. IZ5JMZ
  9. IK7MXB
  10. IZ2LSR
  11. 9A1AA
  12. DK6MP
  13. DF1YQ
  14. IZ8EFD
  15. EA5RJ
  16. IU2EFB
  17. UA6NT
  18. YL2BJ
  19. UR7ET
  20. DH4PSG
  21. ON4VT
  22. DL1EBR
  23. IZ8DFO
  24. ON4BB
  25. I5JFG
  26. SP6KD
  27. SA5ACR
  28. RA3PCI
  29. SA7AUH
  30. DK2ZT
  31. IZ8IEV
  32. DL5EBG
  33. ON5SWA
  34. DL2DQL
  35. IK3SCB
  36. F4HJO
  37. F1RHS
  38. HB9EYP
  39. OH6IU
  40. F8DWH
  41. DP6T
  42. OH6JE
  43. F4ESV
  44. F8ATM
  45. DF7GK
  46. I1JHS
  47. OK1DOY
  48. VK6NU
  49. VK2015TDF

2 thoughts on “Newland Head Conservation Park VKFF-0922

  1. Howdy Chris,

    I’ve done plenty of fishing from this beach, but a long long time ago when I lived down at Victor Harbor. It is a nice spot. This particular afternoon was a really great day weather wise and a nice way to spend an afternoon.



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