Score: 8.26

Two birds, one stone… right? From Broome, depart for the iconic Gibb River Road, a 4WD track slicing the line between Derby and Kununurra. Cool-as-silk waterholes, shimmering ochre gorges and all manner of local characters are just part of the appeal along this dusty strip of road. “No matter how many weeks you spend here, you’ll find yourself wishing you had more time to explore,” says Georgia Rickard. “Upstream of every waterhole is another one; down every bush track is the next breathtaking view.”

Yes, you can…

Nothing in the Kimberley is cheap, but a trip on the Gibb River Road offers a better priced ratio of accessibility to authenticity than many other Kimberley options (air safari, anyone?). There’s also a surprising amount of accommodation on offer, much of it relatively affordable. Stations such as Drysdale River Station and Ellenbrae offer clean, comfortable rooms for around $150 a night; if you’re a camper there are sites everywhere, from roughly $10 per night and, as you’ll need to pre-plan the trip’s meals (there aren’t exactly 7-11s floating around the place), you can avoid, to some extent, being sprung with extravagant food costs. Start planning! More info: Western Australia

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