Along our journey our trusty Land Rover Discovery has been given military ranks as a means to illustrate how well she has done. It has risen from Private, Sargent etc.. I maintained it could not reach the rank of General, atleast until W.A. This was about to change about halfway along the Gunlom Falls road. I cut a deal with the Lil Red Rover, If it got us all the way back to bitumen it would instantly be elevated to General Lil Red Rover. The 110km of dirt on the way to the Lark Quarry to view the dinosaur stampede outside of Winton was like the M1 highway compared to this. To get to the falls was a 40km track of dirt filled with severe corrugates, I must say the well being of our car was the focus at this point. She ain’t no Toyota Land Cruiser, that was beyond our budget; but instead a $2900 Land Rover, that’s General Lil Red Rover to you.
As a family the Roaming Rowes are boss at bush walking, at times we feel like intrepid explorers. As we set off we read all the signs warning of potential dangers, as you do. A short, steep rocky ascent were some of the descriptors used, pfffft! please, we got this. No worries we thought, very quickly we realised we had to ALL stay focused as the path was treacherous in a couple of parts. As a parent it’s safe to say we were concerned, alright we were having kittens and could not wait to get to the top safely as a family. The rush of adrenaline was coursing through all of our veins and we soon forgot about the perils when we saw what laid before us.
It felt like paradise but better it was paradise right on top of the world. After enjoying a well deserved dip and time to soak in the amazing ambiance that was Gunlom Falls we nervously made our way back down the mountainous track. The Roaming Rowe kids yet again went above and beyond in demonstrating they have what it takes to traverse such rugged country in a safe manner, we were so proud.