Saturday looked like a good day to get out with sunny conditions although strong winds. Mt. Toorongo seemed one to try, so I asked Peter, VK3PF and Wayne VK3WAM for some directions and expected road conditions as they had previously activated this summit.
Mt. Toorongo Range (1257m), SOTA summit VK3/VT-026 is accessed from the Mt Baw Baw Tourist Rd, just before reaching Tanji Bren.
Heading towards Tanjil Bren from the West on the Baw Baw Tourist Rd., take the Toorongo-Tanjil Link road on the left (2wd) (WPT24 below) and follow it for roughly 6km until Mundic Rd. on the left (2wd) (toorongo-1) and follow this for roughly 3km to the junction with Mt. Toorongo Tk. (4wd), but fine for a 2wd Ford Territory in April. Follow Mt Toorongo Tk. through a saddle with some puddles towards a gate about 1km from the junction. The gate was open in April and it was possible to continue to the closest point with Mt. Toorongo Range peak. The track is narrow and it was not possible to park here, but there is a spot to park another 200m or so further down the track.
As I had planned for parking somewhere before the closed gate and walking up the road, I was early. It was only a short few hundred metres to the closest point to the summit from road. There was no defined track to the summit, just a bit of a scrub bash up the steep side.
There was no shortage of chasers. Activity was high with 30 contacts in less than an hour. Andrew, VK1NAM was hiking to Mt. Ginger Ale in ACT and set up his antenna on the side of the track for a contact.