Marree

The road is now sealed all the way to Marree, making it accessible to 2WD vehicles all year round. The drive to Marree is one of the most spectacular road trips in Australia – the road north with the sun on the Flinders Ranges presents a kaleidoscope of colours.

Marree is the gateway to the Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre Basin and is at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks. From Marree, you can venture north on the Birdsville Track to Birdsville or west on the Oodnadatta Track to William Creek, Oodnadatta, Marla and Coober Pedy.

Once a thriving centre for transport and communications, relics of a bygone era remain. The ghosts of the Old Ghan Railway; the legendary Birdsville Mailman, 'Tom' Kruse; the rich culture of Aboriginal people; and descendants of Afghan cameleers. Europeans all live in relative harmony with the fortunes of the town that have ebbed over time. Take the time to chat with the locals. Hear their stories of droving cattle and life on massive cattle stations the size of some European countries.

Book a scenic flight in Marree as the only way to see the world's largest work of art – The Marree Man – 28km in circumference. This Aboriginal hunter is carved into a plateau on the southern fringes of Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre.

Facilities include a caravan park offering a variety of accommodation, including units, rooms and cabins. There is also a general store, fuel and post office.

The Marree Hotel, built in 1883, offers friendly outback hospitality. Open every day with 40 hotel rooms and superior ensuite accommodation. The Marree Roadhouse and Oasis Cafe is open daily 7:30am-late.

Alongside the hotel is a free parking area where you can camp or leave your van.

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