Day 1 : Moonlight Ridge and Moores Bridge en route to La Perouse
A brief stop at Pigsty Ponds with views to The Cockscomb on Mt La Perouse.
Day 2 : Sunrise over the Picton River watershed; Mt Wylly and Mt Victoria Cross dominate the skyline.
A still mroning at Ooze Lake, Southern Ranges. The beautiful start to day 2 preceded a hot day.
The ascent ridge to Pindars Peak. The Southern Ranges. Climbing all these summits with kayaks in packs was tough.
The two lakes below knife peak are in the middle ground while the flat top of La Perouse dominates the skyline.
The remainder of day 2 was spent toiling throught the heat as we ascended first Mt Wylly and then finally summit camping Mt Victoria Cross (middle right)
The inviting Prion Beach below the Southern Ranges
John summits Pindars Peak - the cobber gives a good smile when he finally gets there.
Looking East from Pindars Peak
La Perouse and the Southern Ranges from Pindars Summit
The southwest ridge off Pindars Peak
This ridge becomes the South Cape Range - a route to the south coast once followed this ridge.
My pack 'The Carcass' fell apart on Wylly Plateau under the heavy loads. We were able to enact a pretty reasonable repair.
John and the Big Yellow Taxi
Taken on Wylly Plateau with Precipitous Bluff and New River Lagoon behind
Precipitous Bluff from Mt Wylly
Wylly and Bisdee were Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross.
Mt Victoria Cross from Wylly
The convoluted cliff lines lead to the dolerite summit. Mt Bisdee can be seen over the right shoulder.
The Salisbury River Valley
Finally as we ascend Victoria Cross at the end of a long hot day second day, we get a view of the upper Salisbury. The lines of the two major tributaries can be seen as well as the dark vague area where the river turns toward Bobs Knobs.
Precipitous Bluff from Mt Victoria Cross
Our efforts in climbing VC with 4L of water each on top of our boat loads is rewarded with a special sunset.
Mountain Rocket, Mt Victoria Cross
Evening light over the Southern Ranges
La Perouse and Pindars Peak are accentuated by the slanting light.
John at Sunset, Mt Victoria Cross
This is a rare image of the Johnster being outside of his tent after 7pm - this is is book reading time.
Sunset behind Precipitous Bluff and New River Lagoon
The peaks of the Southwest
Left are the Provis Hills in front of Mt Rugby. Middle is the Norolds, Right is the Arthurs and Federation Peak
Sunburst over De Witt and Maatsuyker Island
Day 3 : Sunrise behind Mt. La Perouse, Southwest Tasmania
From the summit of Victoria Cross
First Light on Precipitous Bluff and the South Coast Islands
The narrow shattered top of Victoria Cross is evident.
The broken knife blade ridge from VC cannot be followed far before steep cliffs bar progress
The rising of the 'Ensconcster'
To be 'ensconced' is the technical description of John in his sleeping bag between the hours of 6pm and 8am.
The shattered dolerite of VC
The Mountain Rocket was in full flower in February
Sunrise on Precipitous Bluff
Massive landslip below Mt Victoria Cross
Due to the heat and limited water we abandoned getting John to summit Bisdee and headed straight for the river after seeing this landslip opportunity.
The beautiful taste of cool water on a hot day
Although the descent was straight-forward we soon foung ourselves crawling under logs knee deep in the creek - too log-jammed to be paddled.
Falls on east tributary of the Salisbury
The mudstone was full of fossils - we thought we were sorted when the river opened out to this pool and we inflated the boats.
End of day 3 on the banks of the Salisbury
Fossils in the Upper Salisbury River
Day 4 : The upper Salisbury River deception
This long deep stretch with thick scrubby banks led us to gear up and paddle - but only round the corner the river vanished into a swamp with dense horizontal and tea tree slowing progress to about 4km for the day - an afternoon of rain only topped it off.
This beauty was seen just after the river reformed from the Salisbury Swamp
The aftermath of scrub - 3km in the last 7 hours
A very cold wet ensconster looking forward to his sleeping bag.
Evening at Vanishing Falls
After setting up camp the rain ceased - the river below camp was bedrock slabs and I couldn't resist a late evening visit to our goal
Looking over the edge of the falls
A slip here and its 100m to watch your life flash past. The two large pools at the bottom are the openings of the underground Salisbury - the river bed is dry at low water for many kilometers from here.
Bobs Knobs from Vanishing Falls
The Salisbury River above Vanishing Falls
Note the overhang of the cliffs - it pays to be well around the rim of the cauldren before descending.
Descent is made around the western escarpment leading to the broken base.
John dwarfed in the bowl of Vanishing Falls
The shattered base of the falls - this place must be awesome at high water.
The Salisbury river begins its mysterious percolation through the limestone bedrock
The rocky bed of the Salisbury below the falls
An image similar to this was published on the cover of the LWC Skyline magazine.
Fossils in limestone bedrock
Salisbury River. Tasmania
Salisbury River. Tasmania
The lower Salisbury River
All our 'kayaking' injuries have been when portaging river beds. My sun-hat offered no protecting for this hard knock.
... deciding how far we have to go before he can get his book out.
This is still technically packrafting as the boat is inflated and can be dropped / paddled / floated across large pools.
Paddling the lower Salisbury
Towards the end of day 5 we finally start getting long stretches of paddling.
Day 6 : The lower Salisbury River
We sighted many kingfishers on the lower Salisbury.
Cascades over limestone bedrock, Lower Salisbury River.
Limestone bedrock in the Salisbury River
Smooth flow over limestone bedrock
Leatherwood Flowers, Salisbury River
The Salisbury / New River Junction
Dusk at New River Lagoon below Precipitous Bluff
Day 7 : Packrafting New River Lagoon
This is the second time we've paddled New River Lagoon - always special
The New River Lagoon Outlet
Mouth of the New River at Prion Beach
Precipitous Bluff, the New River and our boats.
These craft were considerable lighter than those utilised on our Provis Hills trip.
Prion Beach and the New River
Having made good time down the Lagoon we psyched ourselves up to walk out the same day.
Doing well on our attempt to get from PB base camp to Cockle Creek in a day.
John at Lion Rock, South Coast Track
John starting to fail at Lion Rock. South Coast Track
We reached Cockle Creek around 9pm on day 7 and rapidly got in our tent to avoid the mosquitoes.
Made it out in time to get a lift back to our car at Mystery Creek.