There are times when we look forward to long drives, as we leave behind the daily rat race and embrace the longer, slower days ahead – drives that take us through bushland forests, pastoral landscapes, monumental rock cuttings and across rivers and waterways.

Many of these road infrastructure corridors that provide us with the means of departure from our great cities, that allow us to engage with nature, from the macro to micro scale, have been shaped by landscape architects. Consider the work of the late Peter Spooner in the early 1970s, and…