VC – Victoria – Central Region Summits
The Yarra Ranges National Park is a 76,003-hectare national park that is located in Victoria, Australia, approximately 92 kilometres east of Melbourne. There are several SOTA (VC Region) summits in this area. Within the national park, the southern slopes of the Yarra Ranges form the headwaters of the Yarra River and several water catchments for Melbourne’s domestic water supply. Access to large parts of the area is restricted. Bushwalking is restricted to approved recreational sites and trails.
SOTA summits within the catchment area that are accessible on track:
- VK3/VC-005 Mt Vinegar
- VK3/VC-002 Mt Donna Buang
- VK3/VC-003 Mt Ritchie
- VK3/VN-017 Dom Dom
- VK3/VN-030 Mt Strickland
SOTA summits that are in National park so accessible but not on track:
SOTA summits within catchment areas that are not on track and so not accessible without permission:
Public access is restricted in the catchment to protect water supply quality. Given the catchment status there is a need to ensure permission is gained for an activation in this area as not bring discredit to SOTA. SOTA’s stated aims is to encourage outdoor activities. SOTA’s values are consistent with protecting the environment with minimum impact and keeping the protection of resource paramount thus ensuring minimal interference to natural environment.
VK3/VC-004 Mt Observation
|Height:1201m||Cords:55 H 398177 5841501|
Mt Observation is over 900m off-track in an area under the the water catchment zone, between Cumberland Scenic Reserve and the Yarra State Forest.
To quote Wayne (VK3WAM) the VK3 Association Manager “Any activations of this summit will require proof of the right or concession to be present in the activation zone. This would ordinarily be a permit from Melbourne Water. A copy of this documentation would need to be provided to myself as the Association Manager of VK3. In event of a person activating the summit without the appropriate documentation, then firstly, the activator would have acted in such a way to bring the SOTA program into disrepute. Secondly, the SOTA MT will be requested to delete any QSOs recorded by either activators or chasers for the summit, and consider any further action concerning the activator.“
Behind Heasville Summary
VK3/VC-010 Riddell Ridge
|Height:845m||Cords:55H 375482 5829294|
VK3/VC-036 Box’s Hill
|Height:525m||Cords:55H 375113 5832225|
The likely hood of obtaining permission from Melbourne Water is basically 0. I have approached both Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water seeking access. Parks Victoria are willing to listen and even supportive but Melbourne Water appears to have a ‘Deny All’ policy. This is disappointing given the charter to encourage recreational activities and the ability of companies to gain permission to log areas within the catchment. I think a couple of experienced walkers would have less impact then the process of ripping the trees out.
VK3/VC-035 Smiths Hill
|Height:1069m||Cords:55 H 390572 5828833|
Road 14 is the boundary of ‘Cement Creek’ Catchment zone so entry prohibited. Access is permitted down Road 15.
There is a gate just off junction with Road 15 along Road 10.
The map above shows Road 10 weaving through the ‘O’Shannassy River Natural Catchment Area’. You cannot use Road 10 to gain access to the activation zone. There will be off track walking involved here.