We completed our activation of all 45 Victorian National Parks for the Keith Roget National Parks Award (KRMNPA) in January 2015 after travelling over 5500kms in 18 days. We were on the air each day between 7am and 9pm Eastern Australian time, listening on 7090kHz while mobile and activated the parks on 7100kHz. Alerts were published on ParksNPeaks (http://www.parksnpeaks.org/alerts.php) and we broadcast our position on APRS (www.aprs.fi/VK3YSP-10).

We divided the 45 Victorian National Parks into four separate road trips or loops, all starting and finishing in Melbourne. The loops are shown in different colours on the map below. The first is the Peninsula Loop (blue), which takes in French Island and the Mornington Peninsula. The second is the Bendigo Loop (green), which goes up the Calder Freeway and returns via the Western Highway. The Third is the Western Loop (purple), which almost goes to Mount Gambier and Mildura and comes back through Kinglake. The fourth is the Eastern Loop (red), which goes through Wodonga and Cann River and back through Wilsons Promontory. The incursion of the Western Loop into Gippsland was just to equalize the distance of the two, big, 7-day loops. Parks ending in & are adjacent to the next park listed. The two parks were activated separately after only a short delay to reposition the station.


National Parks Road Trips (zoom in for more detail)

Peninsula National Parks Loop 2 Days, 269km

Day 1 Friday - 60km

1. Dandenong Ranges National Park (VKFF-132)

2. Churchill National Park (VKFF-621)

Day 2 Saturday - 57km

3. French Island National Park (VKFF-622)

Day 2 Sunday -151km

4. Mornington Peninsula (VKFF-333) &

5. Point Nepean National Park (VKFF-628)

 Bendigo National Parks Loop 2 Days, 544km

Day 1 Saturday - 181km

6. Organ Pipes National Park (VKFF-627)

7. Greater Bendigo National Park (VKFF-623)

Day 2 Sunday - 363km

8. Kara Kara National Park (VKFF-629)

9. Brisbane Ranges National Park (VKFF-055)

 Western National Parks Loop 7 Days, 2365km

Day 1 Friday 27 Dec 2013 - 467km

10.   Great Otway National Park (VKFF-405)

11.   Port Campbell National Park (VKFF-420)

12.   Mount Richmond National Park (VKFF-361)

Day 2 Saturday 28 Dec 2013 - 267km

13.   Cobboboonee &

14.   Lower Glenelg National Park (VKFF-296)

15.   Mount Eccles National Park (VKFF-345)

16.   Grampians National Park (VKFF-213)

Day 3 Sunday 29 Dec 2013 - 360km

17.   Little Desert National Park (VKFF-291)

18.   Wyperfeld National Park (VKFF-549)

19.   Murray-Sunset (VKFF-373) &

20.   Hattah - Kulkyne National Park (VKFF-231)

Day 4 Monday 30 Dec 2013 - 379km

21.   Terrick Terrick National Park (VKFF-630)

22.   Gunbower National Park

Day 5 Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 - 378km

23.   Barmah National Park

24.   Lower Goulburn National Park

25.   Heathcote - Graytown National Park (VKFF-624)

SOTA: Mt. Disappointment (VK3/VC-014)

Day 6 Wednesday 1 Jan 2014 - 183km

26.   Kinglake National Park (VKFF-264)

27.   Yarra Ranges National Park (VKFF-556)

SOTA: Mt. Donna Buang (VK3/VC-002)

Day 7 Thursday 2 Jan 2014 - 377km

SOTA: Mt. Toolebewong (VK3/VC-033)

28.   Baw Baw National Park (VKFF-020)

Eastern National Parks Loop 7 Days, 2402km

Day 1 Friday 26 Dec 2014 - 336km

29. Lake Eildon National Park

30. Warby-Ovens National Park

Day 2 Saturday 27 Dec 2014 - 223km

31. Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park

32. Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park (VKFF-069)

Day 3 Sunday 28 Dec 2014 - 300km

33. Mount Buffalo National Park (VKFF-339)

34. Alpine National Park (VKFF-619)

Day 4 Monday 29 Dec 2014 - 284km

35. Snowy River National Park (VKFF-455) &

36. Errinundra National Park (VKFF-158)

Day 5 Tuesday 30 Dec 2014 - 246km

37. Lind National Park (VKFF-287)

38. Coopracambra National Park (VKFF-113)

39. Alfred National Park (VKFF-618)

40. Croajingolong National Park (VKFF-119)

Day 6 Wednesday 31 Dec 2014 - 236km

41. Mitchell River National Park (VKFF-321)

42. The Lakes National Park (VKFF-484) 

Day 7 Thursday 1 Jan 2015 - 352km

43. Tarra-Bulga National Park (VKFF-480)

44. Morwell National Park (VKFF-623)

45. Wilsons Promontory National Park (VKFF-539)