Mt Beenak VK3/VC-016, and a last resting place in the hills

Mt Beenak, 745 meters, is a four – point summit roughly between Gembrook and Warburton.  You can approach it on the C424 from either Gembrook traveling north or Launching Place travelling south.   I used Peter VK3ZPF’s map as a guide.  At about 8.5 km north of Gembrook I turned right onto Beenak Rd.  After 3.3 km I passed the unexpected and quaint Beenak Cemetery on the left, a tiny but ‘operating’ and well kept cemetery in a clearing on the north side of the road — an idyllic place for ‘silent keys’ surrounded by  tall eucalyptus forest.   At the Junction called Basan Corner on Peter’s map, I followed Beenak Rd around to the left. About 600m further on there is a logged hill top, and ‘The Squeeze’, where the road is guarded either side by two huge boulders. image

The next junction about 2.3 km further on is with Mt Beenak Rd.  Turn sharp left and follow Mt Beenak Rd for 800m to the junction with the access track to the summit on the right.  I parked there and walked up the well maintained track for about 15 minutes to the summit.

image Peter’s map states ‘limited views’ but I think it must have been recently logged because there are excellent views over a forest of sub-2 meter high new growth.  I set up the squid pole on a granite outcrop to give the scene as more rugged mountain top look! image Conditions were excellent,  17 or so degrees and high cloud with patches of blue and not a breath of wind.  I spotted myself on 7090 and after about 2 minutes of unplanned delay, called CQ SOTA, and was immediately swamped by chasers.  Although it was early mid afternoon the signals on 40 meters were strong in both directions. I predominantly exchanged  5×9 and received the same back.  It was good to work a number of the regulars.  A pleasant surprise was my neighbour and GippsTech buddy Chris VK3KIH with whom I share a train ride to work with some days.  The MST400 performed well as usual. image An enjoyable activation in an interesting, albeit partially logged State Park with some early settler history.

Date:24/May/2015 Summit:VK3/VC-016 (Mt Beenak) Call Used:VK3HN Points: 4 Bonus: 0   Delete

Time Call Band Mode Notes
04:15z VK3YAR 7MHz SSB Ray, Central Vic
04:17z VK3CRG 7MHz SSB Craig, Lara
04:19z VK3PF 7MHz SSB Peter, tnx fer comment on audio overdriving!
04:19z VK3FQSO 7MHz SSB Amanda, Wedderburn
04:20z VK3UH 7MHz SSB Ken, Yarram
04:21z VK2BO 7MHz SSB Richard, Cowra
04:22z VK3OF 7MHz SSB Rex, Swan Hill
04:22z VK5WG 7MHz SSB Neville
04:23z VK2LX 7MHz SSB Grant, Canberra
04:23z VK5LY 7MHz SSB Larry, Renmark
04:25z VK3AGD 7MHz SSB Adam
04:25z VK3IL 7MHz SSB David, central Melbourne
04:26z VK2IO 7MHz SSB Gerard, Sydney
04:27z VK3ARR 7MHz SSB Andrew, Geelong
04:27z VK3AFW 7MHz SSB Ron
04:27z VK3DN/2 7MHz SSB Robert, Byron Bay
04:28z VK1RX/P 7MHz SSB Alan
04:28z VK3ARM 7MHz SSB Rob
04:31z VK3YB 7MHz SSB Brenton, Beaconsfield
04:32z VK3NBL/P 7MHz SSB Ray, Keilor
04:35z VK3NBV 7MHz SSB Bob, Ballarat
04:35z VK3FPSR 7MHz SSB Peter, Cobram
04:36z VK3CAT 7MHz SSB Tony
04:37z VK3HRA 7MHz SSB VK3/VN-024
04:37z VK5FTRG 7MHz SSB Tom, Millicent
04:39z VK1AT 7MHz SSB Jim
04:40z VK3FJAE 7MHz SSB Doug, Maryborough
04:42z VK3FCDL 7MHz SSB Col, Murray Bridge
04:44z VK3LHB 7MHz SSB Bill, Melbourne
04:46z VK3BWZ 7MHz SSB Bob, Blackburn
04:47z VK1MA 7MHz SSB Matt, Canberra
04:48z VK3DMP 7MHz SSB Des, Bairnsdale
04:57z VK2UH 7MHz SSB Andrew, Yass
04:58z VK3KIH 7MHz SSB Chris, Blackburn
05:01z VK3DAC 7MHz SSB Fred, Yarra Valley

5 thoughts on “Mt Beenak VK3/VC-016, and a last resting place in the hills

  1. Paul, thanks for sharing the navigation details and your experience on Mt Beenak. Next time I visit my folks in Melbourne’s outer east I will plan a trip to the summit. Have you considered adding this post reference to the summit in formation page?


    • Hi Andrew, I try to add enough description so that I can easily find my way back there in the future. If I can follow my own directions anyone can! I’ve started to add links on summit pages. Thanks for the suggestion. 73


  2. Martie says:

    Very clearly detailed instructions….Thumbs up!!


    • P. R. Taylor says:

      Thanks Martie. My rule of thumb is that I should document the approach well enough that I should only need my blog entry to get back there next year.


      • martie says:

        And you’ve certainly done it right, I’ve noticed all the “Sota Crews” always publish very well detailed blogs….

        My rule of thumb is “If you’re gonna share it…share it right” and you’ve certainly hit the nail on the head.

        Top work.


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