Score: 7.95

From Port Augusta, a reliable everyday two-wheel-drive can take you to some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring scenery. You’ll really get to know the country on this road that takes in Coober Pedy, Lake Eyre, and our most stunning best-kept secret: Wilpena Pound. Six times the size of Uluru, the Pound is a massive natural amphitheatre, an ancient landform so breathtaking it’s earned its own place on the list (see #38). Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is another little-known treasure of the route: admire the blanket of outback stars at the three observatories, and switch saddles for a 4WD with eco tourism accredited Ridgetop Tours – a red, red ride into the rugged ranges. Whatever you do, make sure you also take some time to stop and sit quietly for a time. Being here, away from hairdryers and reception and lattes, you’ll realise just how far you are from home. Moments before you’ll realise that you don’t particularly mind. More info: South Australia

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