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near Darlington, Queensland (Australia)
I conned the Mrs into an overnight hike traversing the Lost World massif from Green Mountain to see the flouring orchids and to get out of working around the house for the weekend. Access to the Albert River valley was gained by following the Morans falls track and around to Castle Crag for the first views. To descend the Castle Crag cliffs, drop down the steep northern grassy slopes 100m back from the end of Castle crag. However, only descend enough to follow the base of the cliffs around to join the ridge proper. This is harder than it sounds. The grassy slope is loose rocks camouflaged with long grass, considerable care and scrambling skills are required. On the ridge while descending to the Albert River, locate a suitable ridge to ascend to the lost world ridge (or follow my gpx). Accessing the river can be tricky due to lantana. Where we hit the stream and to the south seems to be the best. Further north the lantana thickens considerably. Cross the river and follow a grassy ridge steeply up to the ridge then follow this ridged south-east onto the Lost World plateau. There are two main cliff breaks and both can be negotiated on the eastern side with moderate scrambling. We left Green Mt at 1300 and with a slow descent off castle crag and ascent of the lost world ridge lead to us getting to camp an hour after dark. This a tough hike for the distance, allow a good 6 hours with through packs. There is a nice small camp for a few tents with running water at the top. However, water can not be guaranteed after long dry periods. There was a good water flow after a few months of dry weather. The course through the lost world and the upper ridge up to Mt Worendo is through thick rain forest or bush, all off-track. Good navigational skills are required. The Ridge from the lost world Mt Worendo was thick with flowing dendrobium orchids, the beginning of September would be optimal. From Mt Worendo follow the Boarder track to Echo Point camp and join the graded Albert River Circuit. If you have the energy I recommend turning left on the Albert river circuit to see the prettiest part of this circuit. However, this adds 5km and a heap of elevation loss and gain. The Mrs wasn't at all keen on this option.