Spring Gully Conservation Park, 27th September 2014

Spring Gully Conservation Park is about 12 kilometres from Clare and about five from Sevenhill. It preserves bushland in the midst of farms and vineyards. The park is 400 hectares. It was originally 15 acres and gazetted in 1962. The Park was established to conserve ‘the only stand of red stringy-barks in South Australia’ (Friends of Spring Gully Conservation Park, 1988). These trees are relics of an earlier wetter period and can also be found in the Grampians National Park, Cape Otway (Victoria) and near Dubbo in New South Wales. We also collected the latest brochure from the Information Centre. There are not too many changes but the walks are now shown on the map. We returned to the Park today (28th September 2014) and took a few more photos, including the red stringy-bark eucalypts.

Red stringy bark trees

Red stringy bark trees

This was my second activation. I first activated the Park on the 3rd November 2013 (see my blog – An Alternative to a Buy and Sell). I enjoyed my activation late in the afternoon making 19 contacts in VK2, VK3 and VK5. Conditions were good.

I was on the air at 06:35 UTC on 7.100 and enjoyed the following contacts: VK3YSP/P, Joe at the Organ Pipes National Park, VK-FF 627; VK5NQP, David (thanks for spotting me); VK5IS, Ian; VK3FQSO, Amanda; VK5GJ, Greg; VK5AW/M, Adrian mobile near Loxton; VK5GJ, QRP, Greg trying out his MST400; VK5YX, Hans; VK5VH, Ron, a great contact with Ron using two antennas from his unit, the second being just one metre long; VK3AFW, Ron; VK3ZZS/P, Colin; VK3CVB, Brenton; VK3HEX, Peter; VK2CCJ/P, Cliff camping near Hillston; VK5LY, Larry; VK5PAS, Paul; VK5WG, Nev; VK3FKJC, Kevin and at 07:54, VK5AV, Bernard.

Thanks to all who gave me a call. It is greatly appreciated.

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