Score: 8.13

Tying with a cruise through Arnhem Land is an experience of a very different kind – a 72-kilometre trek along the Larapinta Trail, guided by adventure specialists World Expeditions. Catriona Rowntree can vouch for the operators: “Anything this company puts its name to, you just know will be great,” she declares. The location is pretty hard to beat, too: a six-day round trip from Alice Springs, the track – only completed in 2002 – follows the ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges, taking in vast flood plains, rocky outcrops, deep gorges, waterholes and canyons along the way. Don’t worry, you’ll still find time for excellent food and fireside wine beneath a wide outback sky. From $2195 per person, twin-share, including most meals, park fees, equipment and transfers. More info: World Expeditions

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