Score: 8.03

The sealed Great Northern Highway between Broome and Wyndham may not be as rugged – or as raved about – as its alternate cross-Kimberley route, the Gibb River Road, but it’s certainly got its advantages (and not because it’s smoother). There are plenty of worthy side trips, especially from Halls Creek, like the unusual limestone formation of the China Wall, Wolfe Creek Crater and the magnificent 350 million-year-old Bungle Bungles. In parts, the highway is among the remotest sealed roads in the world. You can drive for hundreds of kilometres without seeing so much as a roadhouse but you’ll pass through an ever changing landscape of dramatic mountain ranges, river crossings and the stark outback.

Mark this on your map: this is the interior of Tunnel Creek, a fairly incredible side trip (just near Fitzroy Crossing, on Fairfield Leopold Downs Road) with history to match. Aside from being part of WA’s oldest cave systems, the cave was the hideout of brave aboriginal Jandamarra, who led an insurrection against European settlement.

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