This section of the Rubicon will never become a popular classic as the window of opportunity for running it is tiny and to look at it is horrendous. But for those lucky enough to catch it in 'condition' and to know the lines the buzz will stay with you for a long time.
Basically one long rapid this section starts below the 'drops', four or so small waterfalls on a section of river above the 2nd Rubicon power station. From this start to its finish, at the 2nd Rubicon power station, the river drops between the classic Mountain Ash forest of the region and cascades between the log jams and over hanging branches. Rarely more the a boat length wide and with few eddies to catch prior knowledge is definitely a must.
Many hours of log clearing have taken place to make this section go and there are many logs just waiting to take their place. So, if you know someone who knows the lines and has checked it for logs recently and you are after a wild ride it definitely worth the ride.
Owen Fidler February 28, 2012 - Ran this section today and sneaked under the wood - more water would require a quick portage. The level was at the minimum of 0.8 after dropping from 1.3 overnight. While boney, it was a good run - close to Melbourne and highly recommended.
At 0.8 definitely not grade IV, more like grade III+ but paddle defensively and in small groups. We had a party of 4 and that was fine.
We looked very carefully at the 'drops' and they would go with more water, though with the flow you'd want it'd be pushing grade V as once you're on... you're on! Everything can be scouted from the road as you walk up, with a bush bash to river level. Of the three main drops 2 had wood and one needed a lot more water - perhaps 1.4 at the gauge would make it go once the wood was removed. Has anyone run these before?