I had a great time at Eurobodalla National Park just seven kilometres south of Narooma. I drove down a well-maintained track towards an inlet and while I was setting up a Sea Eagle flew circuits above me – I would like to think she/he was checking me out! I was on the air at 00:56 and after checking the frequency called on 7.095 and was answered by VK2AFA/P2, Sam, on VK2/ CT – 002; then VK6MB/P2, Mike, as I have never heard him before barely a hop-step and jump away; VK5LY, Larry; VK5PAS, Paul; VK3PI, Mark; VK3UBY, Col; VK2LAX, Rod; VK2FW/P2, Ray; VK2CCJ, Cliff; VK3XL/P3, Mike, on SOTA summit VK3/ VC – 007 Mt Macedon; VK1MBE/P1, Andrew on VK1/ AC – 040 Mt Ainslee; VK1RX/P2, Al on VK2/ ST – 015; VK3AFW, Ron and VK3PF/3, Peter at 02:14 on VK3 /VG – 003. Fourteen contacts, some for a few minutes, has enabled me to qualify my first VK2 National Park for the VKFF award.
Eurobodalla National Park, of 3,069 hectares, on the far South Coast of New South Wales, has beaches, wetlands, spotted gum forests and a great home for water birds. It also contains significant Aboriginal and European cultural sites. While we have visited a number of National Parks in New South Wales this was the first time I really paid attention to the spotted gum. These are magnificent trees. I checked the NSW Government web pages for Parks and it indicates that there are close to 900 Parks and Reserves in that State. What a challenge for a Park activator!