I thought the Park was magnificent. I have tried to capture some of the vegetation in the photo of my activation spot. This Park, is regarded as the best place in Victoria for wild flowers, according to the Park brochure. It would be a great spot for a walk and I am sorry we were not able to spend longer in the Park. My xyl (wife) has decided to add value to her time in Parks by joining the National Bird Atlasing Project. See http://birdlife.org.au/projects/atlas-and-birdata
So the longer I take, the happier she is!
We stayed in Ballarat for two nights. Access to the Park was achieved by taking the Freeway to Ballan and then travelling South to Wallace and then taking the track into the Park. We chose Boar Gully as it is the closest access point to Ballarat. We inspected the camp ground and it was almost empty: just two or three camps on the property at this time. It would be empty today as campers would be required to leave because of the Total Fire Ban day. The camp site is right on the boundary of the Park.
I had 29 contacts beginning at 22:53 hours UTC and finishing at 00:20 hours. There was no mobile phone contact at Brisbane Ranges National Park where I established my station so I could not add a spot. Stations were worked in VK1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. I was operating my FT897 at 10 watts, although I increased power to 20 watts to work VK3MRG/P3, Marshall at VK3/VC-029.
All my contacts have been up-loaded to LOTW and HRDLOG.
Thanks to all operators who gave me a call. It was great fun and all calls are greatly appreciated.