Southwest National Park is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Site. It is perhaps one of the largest untouched areas in the world. Created as a biosphere in 1977, it is generally remained untouched.
The tiny locality of Melaleuca in the extreme south-west provides an airstrip and some very basic facilities, mainly to service the National Park Service.
That is where we landed today to take the water portion of our adventure.
The red dotted line shows the flight path we took today, landing in the southwest corner.
The water is very concentrated with tannins from the local trees which gives it the rusty color.
Our pilot told us that the water is very rusty (and freshwater) on top, then saltwater layered below.
This lures sea life that would generally be found only in much deeper water.
A view of our sand/gravel landing strip. This is composed of the calcium-laden rock seen in the mountains.
We had a Jenison skipper for a small part of our trip while the pilot did something up front.
Our pilot discusses the area we are touring
On top of a high hill during our hike.
This is a black swan beginning its water takeoff
Black swan, becoming airborne.
Reindeer moss. My daughter tells me it is very slow-growing and this is probably quite old.
The raised walkway along the shoreline.
More moss. I thought it made these trees look like they are wearing leg-warmers.
Standing on the raised walkway over the shoreline.
We had another wallaby encounter!
We stopped at a strange little spot near the airstrip, complete with boat house and cabin.
Note the rusty water...
During the flight back to Hobart....
There were many glacier-created lakes.
The causeway over Derwent River in Hobart.