The heart of Never Never country

Elsey Station, NT

With a permit required to visit the remote Elsey Station, “you would consider yourself blessed to receive an invitation to this part of the world,” says Rowntree who scored the Indigenous-owned cattle station a 9.

Immortalised by Jeannie Gunn in her 1902 epic, We of the Never Never, it’s not about the place as such, it’s about the people.

“The kids immediately run out and have a lark in the water with you. It’s an authentic experience, it’s not put on, it’s not a cultural show, it’s just a really honest interaction between human beings,” Scott says of meeting the local Indigenous people.

He gave it a rightful score of 10.

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