Grass Tree Conservation Park VKFF-0885 and 5CP-080

My final activation for the trip away to the South East was the Grass Tree Conservation Park VKFF-0885 and 5CP-080.  This was to be my ninth park activation on the trip.  And again this was to be a unique park for the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program.  I had activated this park previously as part of the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award back in June 2014.

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Above:- Map showing the location of the Grass Tree Conservation Park in the South East of South Australia.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

Grass Tree Conservation Park is situated about 17 km north of Naracoorte, off the Naracoorte to Keith Road (Riddoch Highway).  The park is accessed via Boddingtons West Road.  The park which is 15.88 hectares in size, was gazetted in 1972 to protect the grass tree Xanthorrhoea Australis.  Since last coming to this park it appears that an access point has been added for people to enter the park.

Other than the grass tree, the park also features brown stringybark, pink gum, South Australian blue gum, and austral bracken.  The park also has a substantial number of banksias, many of which were in flower.

I set up just inside the northern perimeter fence, and actually used the fence to secure the squid pole and then strung out the 40m/20m linked dipole and tied off the ends to the fence.  I made myself comfortable on the deck chair with the fold up table and commenced calling CQ on 7.090.

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Above:- Aerial image of the Grass Tree Conservation Park showing my location in the northern section of the park.  Image courtesy of Location SA Map Viewer.

My first caller was Gerard VK2IO who was portable in Kumbatine National Park VKFF-0271.  This was followed by a number of the park regulars including Mick VK3GGG, Geoff VK3SQ, Rick VK4RF, and Les VK5KLV.  The 40m band was still behaving itself, with signals very strong from all parts of Australia.  About 30 contacts into the activation I was called by Luigi IK1QFN with a good 5/5 signal amongst all the VK’s.  Luigi gave me a 5/5 in Italy which I was very surprised with.  I then took a break from the Australian callers and called for any stations from outside of VK, but sadly there was no reply.  I have since received an email from a friend in Europe, advising that he was calling but couldn’t break the VK pile up.  It is a timely reminder to occasionally listen for outside of VK.

A few contacts later I was called by Adam VK2YK who was operating portable from SOTA peak VK2/ HU-080, west of Newcastle.  Adam was a nice 5/7 signal to Grass Tree.

After logging a total of 57 stations on 40m I headed over to 20m and commenced calling CQ on 20m, and this was answered by Lee VK2LEE, followed by Peter VE7CV in Canada, Mark VK2UMA, and finally Mike VK6MB.  But despite conditions being quite good on the band, a number of CQ calls went unanswered.  So I headed down the band to 14.183 and booked in to the ANZA DX Net where I worked 6 stations including VK2, VK4, VK6, VK7, and the USA.

It was getting on time wise and I still had a 3 hour drive to get home, so it was time to pack up with a total of 57 contacts in the log and another park underneath my belt for the WWFF program.  It was also the end of a very enjoyable trip to the South East of South Australia.

Thanks to Mike VK6MB and Rick VK4RF for posting me on Facebook, and thanks to Rob VK4AAC, Paul VK2HV, Rick VK4RF, Mark VK4SMA, and Luigi IK1QFN for spotting me on the DX Cluster.

The following stations were worked on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO/p (Kumbatine National Park VKFF-0271)
  2. VK3GGG
  3. VK3PMG
  4. VK3SQ
  5. VK4RF
  6. VK4HA
  7. VK5KLV
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK5FANA
  10. VK5FTVR
  11. VK4HNS/p
  12. VK6JON mobile 7
  13. VK4AAC/3
  14. VK3MRH
  15. VK2KYO
  16. VK3MKM
  17. VK2HHA
  18. VK3AWG
  19. VK3AW
  20. VK2GAZ
  21. VK4SMA
  22. VK3FSPG
  23. VK6MB
  24. VK3MNZ
  25. VK3SIM
  26. VK2NEO
  27. VK5KIK
  28. VK3VBI
  29. IK1QFN
  30. VK5FMID
  31. VK7ALB
  32. VK5BJE
  33. VK3ZMD
  34. VK2YK/p (SOTA VK2/ HU-080)
  35. VK3FJBA
  36. VK7DX
  37. VK5FTCT
  38. VK7CW
  39. VK3FOTO mobile
  40. VK2XUP
  41. VK3ARH
  42. VK7DW
  43. VK3AJO
  44. VK5FSPJ mobile
  45. VK4FBMW
  46. VK4AAC/3
  47. VK2LEE

The following stations were worked on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2LEE
  2. VE7CV
  3. VK2UMA
  4. VK6MB
  5. VK7XX
  6. VK2RI
  7. KI6KFB
  8. VK4NH/5
  9. VK6NTE
  10. VK4SWE (Sweers Island OC-227)


7 thoughts on “Grass Tree Conservation Park VKFF-0885 and 5CP-080

  1. Hi Paul, thanks for activating this park as well. I can see I will a lot of exploring to do on my text trip to the South East!
    John D

  2. Hi John,

    There are some beautiful parks down in the South East. Grass Tree is certainly one of them. Another favourite is Telford Scrub with its boardwalk. Thanks for the contacts.



  3. G/Day Paul
    Thanks for activating the parks that you did over the weekend good to work you from some of them
    Cheers Neil

    • G’day Neil,

      Seven of the nine parks were uniques for WWFF, so hopefully I was able to give a few park hunters some new parks. Thanks for the contacts mate.



  4. Hi Paul thanks for all the parks on the weekend its now got me thinking of when I can get down that way and look at some of them as well.

    Cheers Adrian

    • G’day Adrian,

      Pleased I was able to give some hunters some brand new parks. The crew in the South East are certainly very fortunate as there are some very beautiful parks down that way. Looking forward to working you from some of those SE parks in the very near future.



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