Score: 8.07

It’s the road from Katherine to Gove, where the Gulf of Carpentaria meets the Arafura Sea. And if that sounds mysterious and magical, it doesn’t begin to cover the colours of the landscape, the depth of meaning in the indigenous art, and the thrill of survival here. (A vast 710 kilometres and just one petrol station!) If you don’t know that such glorious isolation requires jerry cans of juice, take a 4WD tag-along tour with Great Divide Tours. And if you do, well, the road is yours. Tackle two major river crossings, detour to indigenous community Maningrida and take countless photos (mental or otherwise) of the unique, multi-coloured journey until you arrive at the eden that is Gove, on the far northeastern tip of the NT mainland. Traditional owners, the Yolngu people are also exponents of the yidaki (didgeridoo). More info: Great Divide Tours

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