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.
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.
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! 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. 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
|04:15z||VK3YAR||7MHz||SSB||Ray, Central Vic|
|04:19z||VK3PF||7MHz||SSB||Peter, tnx fer comment on audio overdriving!|
|04:22z||VK3OF||7MHz||SSB||Rex, Swan Hill|
|04:25z||VK3IL||7MHz||SSB||David, central Melbourne|
|04:27z||VK3DN/2||7MHz||SSB||Robert, Byron Bay|
|04:42z||VK3FCDL||7MHz||SSB||Col, Murray Bridge|
|05:01z||VK3DAC||7MHz||SSB||Fred, Yarra Valley|