Lower Glenelg National Park VKFF-0296

After packing up at the Lower Glenelg Conservation Park, Marija and I drove around 600 metres back down Moores Track and across the State border into Victoria.  Our next activation was to be the Lower Glenelg National Park VKFF-0296.  We had not initially planned to activate this park, but rather the Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation park.  But we decided to activate Lower Glenelg National Park instead, as it was a new Shire for the Hunters for the VK Shires Contest.

The park is located about 420 km from Melbourne and about 490 km from Adelaide.

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Map showing the location of the Lower Glenelg National Park.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

Lower Glenelg National Park is a large park.  It is 27,300 hectares (67,000 acres) in size.  The central feature of the park is the Glenelg River.  A spectacular gorge has been carved by the river along the last part of its winding 400 km path to the Southern Ocean.  Stretching 15km along the lower reaches of the river, the Glenelg River limestone Gorge has cliffs up to 50m in places.  The Princess Margaret Rose Cave is also located within the park.  It is often referred to as the ‘jewell in the crown’ of the park.

The park protects over 700 species of native plants.  The heath and fringing forest areas have over 50 species of orchids, while the tributaries of Moleside Creek support the most westerly tree-fern gullies in Australia.

Lower Glenelg National Park abuts the Cobboboonee National Park in the east and the South Australian border in the west.  To the south lies the Discovery Bay Coastal Park which is adjacent to the Southern Ocean.

Numerous native animals can be found in the park including Eastern Grey kangaroos, Red-necked wallabies, Brush-tail possums, koalas and echidnas.  In the more remote and undisturbed areas, rare animals such as Heath Rats, Swamp Antechinus and Potoroos can be found. Small colonies of Wombats inhabit the park, the only remnants of a once widespread population in the south west region of Victoria.

We set up in a clearing just off Moores Track.  As the weather had cleared a little, we initially didn’t roll out the awning.  But we had allowed for sufficient room to the side of the Toyota Hi Lux should the need arise.

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Map of the park, showing our operating spot at the western end of the park.  Map courtesy of Protected Planet.

Once again Marija kicked off the activation, calling CQ on 7.095.  This was to be a unique park as an activator for Marija for both the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program and the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award.  First in the log was Matt VK1MA, followed by Al VK7AN, and then VK3WMM/p.  Callers were a combinations of participants for the VK Shires Contest and the WWFF program and KRMNPA.  In just over 10 minutes Marija had 10 contacts in the log, thus qualifying the park for both VKFF & KRMNPA.  We then swapped the mic.

I logged a total of 25 stations on 40m from VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK7.  This included a Park to Park contact with Tony VK3XV/p who was activating the Barmah National Park VKFF-0739.  Marija also logged Tony.

Marija then jumped back on air again, logging a further 34 stations from VK2, VK3, VK5, VK6, and VK7.  This included 3 Park to Park contacts: Gordon VK5GY/p who was in the Pandappa Conservation Park 5CP-170 & VKFF-1131, Gerard VK2JNG/3 in Gunbower National Park VKFF-0740, and Stef VK5HSX/2 in the Paroo Darling National Park VKFF-0410.  I also logged these stations Park to Park.

Just before 2.00 p.m. Victorian local time I picked up the mic again and logged a total of 30 stations.  This included Park to Park contacts with John VK3CU/p and VK3LT who were portable in the Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556, and Peter VK3ZPF/p who was activated the Werribee Gorge State Park VKFF-0774.


Sadly the sun didn’t stay out for long and we were forced to put out the annexe on the Hi Lux, as the showers became quite persistent and heavy.

To complete the activation we had a quick scan around the 40m band, picking up a few more contacts for the VK Shires Contest, and a few more Park to Park contacts including Ian VK1DI/p who was activating the Batemans Marine Park VKFF-1406, and Adam VK2YK/p who was portable in the Sea Acres National Park VKFF-0606.

It was now approaching 3.30 p.m. local time and we decided we had played radio for long enough during the day.  It was time to head back to Mount Gambier and freshen up before the evening dinner as part of the South East Radio Group (SERG) Convention.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK1MA
  2. VK7AN
  3. VK3WMM/p
  4. VK2HHA
  5. VK5FANA
  6. VK3GC
  7. VK3BBB
  8. VK3SQ
  9. VK3HAK
  10. VK3TNL
  11. VK3XV/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  12. VK3NLK
  13. VK7TW
  14. VK5HSX/m
  15. VK3MRG/p
  16. VK7PRN
  17. VK2SOL
  18. VK5GY/p (Pandappa Conservation Park 5CP-170 & VKFF-1131)
  19. VK2JNG/3 (Gunbower National Park VKFF-0740)
  20. VK3MRH
  21. VK2MT/p
  22. VK5PL
  23. VK3ZO
  24. VK3SIM
  25. VK2TCL
  26. VK2NSW
  27. VK5UE
  28. VK5HSX/2 (Darling National Park VKFF-0410)
  29. VK5FBJC
  30. VK3FRAB
  31. VK3FRAD
  32. VK3VH
  33. VK5AFZ
  34. VK3OHM
  35. VK5BJE
  36. VK2VVV
  37. VK3LED
  38. VK2UH
  39. VK3PTE
  40. VK5MBD
  41. VK5KLV
  42. VK2MTM
  43. VK6MN
  44. VK5DP
  45. VK4TJ
  46. VK3CU/p (Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556)
  47. VK3LT/p (Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556)
  48. VK3ZPF/p (Werribee Gorge State Park VKFF-0774)
  49. VK4RF
  50. VK4HA
  51. VK1DI/p (Batemans Marine Park VKFF-1406)
  52. VK2YK/p (Sea Acres National Park VKFF-0606)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3FDAP/p
  2. VK2VVV
  3. VK7PRN
  4. VK4RF
  5. VK4HA
  6. VK1MA
  7. VK2PAW
  8. VK2BFC
  9. VK3PF
  10. VK2SK
  11. VK7EK
  12. VK2NEO
  13. VK2VU
  14. VK5FMWW
  15. VK7JGD
  16. VK3GC
  17. VK3HAK
  18. VK3VIN
  19. VK3SQ
  20. VK3XV/p (Barmah National Park VKFF-0739)
  21. VK3MRG/p
  22. VK3CWF
  23. VK2HHA
  24. VK3NLK
  25. VK2MMM
  26. VK5GY/p (Pandappa Conservation Park 5CP-170 & VKFF-1131)
  27. VK2JNG/3 (Gunbower National Park VKFF-0740)
  28. VK5HSX/2 (Paroo Darling National Park VKFF-0410)
  29. VK5MBD
  30. VK2HRX
  31. VK7FRJG
  32. VK1AT
  33. VK7JON
  34. VK5KLV
  35. VK7MPR
  36. ZL2AYZ
  37. VK4TJ
  38. VK4AAC/2
  39. VK3ZO
  40. VK7DW
  41. VK3GGG/p
  42. VK3PMG/p
  43. VK2VAE
  44. VK3CU/p (Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556)
  45. VK3LT/p (Yarra Ranges National Park VKFF-0556)
  46. VK3ZPF/p (Werribee Gorge State Park VKFF-0774)
  47. VK3NXT
  48. VK2LEE
  49. VK2KYO
  50. VK5ATN
  51. VK2NP
  52. VK5FAKV
  53. VK7FOLK
  54. VK2WFT
  55. VK3ZZS/p
  56. VK2IB
  57. VK5KKT
  58. VK1AL
  59. VK2KDP
  60. VK1DI/p (Batemans Marine Park VKFF-1406)
  61. VK2YK/p (Sea Acres National Park VKFF-0606)
  62. VK2TTL

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4RF
  2. VK4HA
  3. VK4AS

After packing up we headed back into Mount Gambier where we picked up a bottle of red and then headed back to the motel to freshen up.


We enjoyed a fantastic night at the SERG Convention dinner.  We shared a table with my good mate John VK5NJ and his wife Tanina, and Tony VK5ZAI and his wife Jill.  Marija and I even drew the first winning raffle ticket, winning a little BaoFeng hand helf tx.  I can highly recommend the SERG Convention to anyone who has not been before.



Parks Victoria, 2017, <http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/lower-glenelg-national-park&gt;, viewed 14th June 2017

Wikipedia, 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Glenelg_National_Park&gt;, viewed 14th June 2017

7 thoughts on “Lower Glenelg National Park VKFF-0296

  1. Hi Paul,

    I found the picture of You together with John (VK5NJ) after our QSO yesterday on 20m.
    Greetings from John, OZ4WIND (OZ2JN)

    PS. Triggers very good memories visiting him and Tanina in Mt. Gambier 🙂

    • Hi John,

      I spoke with John VK5NJ on air the other day and told him that I had spoken to you. He said to say g’day.

      Hope to speak with you again some day soon.


      Paul VK5PAS

      • Hi Paul,

        Thanx! Greetings, and I hope conditions will make it possible to work both of you. Would be my first with John on HF 🙂

        Best regards to You and your family.
        Greetings to John and Tanina.

        Maybe they see the small msg here…

        73 John. OZ2JN / OZ4WIND / 5P4EMC

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