Australia
Marree

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  • Day21

    Marree Station

    April 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    On our way North we stopped at Port Augusta to plan our way through the Outback. As we were reassured that our 4WD was working we wanted to take the route through the desert. The woman in the center said that it should be totally fine to take the Oodnadatta Track.
    This track used to be a camel trek run by Afghans to bring supply to the Outback towns. Then it was replaced by a railway leading from Adelaide to Darwin named 'The Ghan'. Nowadays its a pretty busy Outback route as it connects the East Coast to the Red Center.
    We restocked on food, fuel and water before we decided to drive to Marree Station for the night. It was only about 250km from Port Augusta so we thought we'd make it easily but the last 80km were unsealed and it got dark just as we got there. Which meant that there was another hour to drive with a road that was crawling with wildlife. Overall we saw hundreds of carcasses from emus and kangaroos during the day and it looked like we would definitely add another one. But luckily we made it there without any casualties!
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  • Day31

    Marree

    August 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    We have arrived at Marree. This will be the place we board a small aircraft and take a flight over Lake Eyre. This will be quite interesting since it has water.

    The flight will also fly over the Marree Man. This is the largest geoglyph in the southern hemisphere and the second largest in the world. Nobody has claimed to have created it but there are many unconfirmed theories.

    The graphic depicts an aboriginal man with a hunting stick and can be seen from space. It was about seven kilometres of lines in the red earth about 150cm in depth. It is speculated that the points marked with bamboo stakes must have used GPS.

    Because of the accuracy it is thought that some military personell may have been involved.

    Recently it had become less distinct. A plan was made to redo the outline at a cost of nearly a million. Eventually it was done using a grader at a fraction of the cost expected. The new outline was designed to collect rain water and should promote plants to grow along it. Marree man is a huge tourist draw card.
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  • Day33

    Lake Eyre Flight from Marree

    August 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    The goal of driving some 400 kilometres north from Peterborough was to take a flight over Lake Eyre. The lake only has water every few years when there is greater rainfalls in the catchment area. All the water evaporates quite quickly.

    The flight was perfect with very smooth conditions and we had a chance to see water in the north lake.Read more

  • Day34

    Marree - Camel Sundial & Art

    August 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    One of the interesting points of interest in Maree was the Camel sundial. It was telling the correct time. On the water tank there is a beautiful mural recently completed.

    Nearby is the Afghan mosque. Another interesting building is the Lake Eyre Yacht club. Members head out to the lake to sail in times there is enough depth of water.Read more

  • Day316

    Outback Australia

    July 20, 2014 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Von den Flinders Ranges ging es Nördlich zum "Oonadatta Track". Dies ist eine 620km lange Dirt Road in das "Outback" Australiens.
    Am Weg sind wir in "Maree" vorbei gekommen. Anfang des 20 Jh. ist die Zugverbindung zwischen Adelaide und Alice Springs hier vorbei gegangen, das es zu einen beliebten Urlaubsort gemacht hat. Heute ist hier nicht mehr viel los. Außer das lokale Hotel(Pub), das immer noch als Dreh- und Angelpunkt (Zentrum) der Gemeine dient. So wie es früher in Australien üblich war.

    Ein kurzer Stopp am Dog fence, ein Zaun der 5614 km lang ist, um die Dingos (einheimischer Hund/Wolf) aus dem südlich Teil Australiens fernzuhalten.

    Der nächste Stopp war "Williams Creek". Dieses Dorf hat ganze 3 Einwohner, aber eine Flugzeuglandebahn direkt vor dem Pub!
    Generell hat man das Gefühl dass im Outback die Zeit stehen geblieben ist.
    Es gibt Menschen, die sagen das beste am Australischen Outback sind die Pub's, das kann ich nach dem in "Marree und Williams Creek" nur bestätigen! Nicht, dass die besonders wären, eher das Gegenteil - alt und bisschen heruntergekommen - aber immer mit einer starken Persönlichkeit, ob hinter der Bar oder die improvisierte Dekoration.

    Ps: Mehr Outback Fotos hier https://flic.kr/s/aHskdzR1Aq
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  • Day23

    Birdsville to Marree

    September 11, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    After a brilliant few days in Birdsville we met a few couples heading to Marree as we were, so we said “ see you there “. Unbeknown to us the Birdsville track was a tyre eater!! We had a night at Coopers creek ( a dry river bed ) and one night at Clayton station which had another hot mineral bath ( beautiful ). Did some washing there and lounged in the hot bath for the day. On to Marree the next day only to find none of our friends there. They started limping in later in the day with stories of not one but 3 to 4 flat, sometimes destroyed , tyres. By the end of the next day they were all in, but faced with having to wait a week or so for replacements or risk it on what they had left to a bigger town 60 or 70 ks away. As for us , so far so good, so we had a couple of days in Marree waiting for a fight over lake Eyre and the Marree man.
    We were in a free camp behind the pub, big mistake 🍻🍻. If you don’t know anything about the Marree man goggle it, it’s fascinating. A magic flight with a wealth of information.
    While parked behind the pub some 80 odd postie bikes came in for a night and believe it or not they had traveled down the Birdsville track, and they were buggered!!
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  • Day47

    Marree, South Australia

    August 3, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Marree (gateway to Lake Eyre Basin) 3.8.16
    Driving back along the dirt road, we called into Copley for an infamous quondong tart. We then followed the B83 Outback Highway to Lyndhurst calling into Talc Alf's place (a National treasure) to see his artwork and purchasing a small souvenir. The highway between Copley and Maree is mostly dirt with some bitumen sections. We booked a room at the Marree Hotel for the night. A beautiful hotel with one room filled with memorabilia associated with Tom Kruse, iconic mailman who drove the mail run along the Birdsville track and the subject of the film "Back to the Bush". Marree is also the junction of the iconic Birdsville and Oodnadatta tracks.
    We stayed in the units behind the Marree Hotel which was built in 1883. About 60klms out of Maree, are remnants of the 4.2klm long image of an Aboriginal man, known as the Marree Man. The figure has been ploughed into the top of a plateau on the edge of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. It was spotted by air in the 1990's and its origin unknown.
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  • Day7

    A quiet day

    July 3, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We are really just biding our time until the weekend. We recharged the car battery and sorted out the caravan. I cleaned the fridge, and Ian cleaned the car fridge. We have enough food to last us a couple more days and everything looks good.
    Gradually our colds are improving, although my voice is still quite creaky, but we are both coughing less. The carpark is full every night, with perhaps two other couples spending time like us. Our solar panal has proved a godsend. We only tried it today for the first, ....brilliant. so we have enough power to be able to watch videos after dinner each night.
    We walked to the other pub/post office/ service station/ grocery store this afternoon. We called into the Yacht club, and Ian bought a cap. We also found the Mosque, originally built for the Muslim Afghanistan Camel herders.
    We had met some young Muslim boys a few nights ago, who offered us a seat by their fire. They had made the journey to pray at the mosque at sunrise in memory of the camel traders.
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  • Day9

    Welcome party at Marree Hotel

    July 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Lazy day...not much happens at Marree! We read, cleaned, and went to the Camel race Welcome party.
    Ian emptied the toilet cassette....not as simple as it sounds! He had to drive to a proper bonified CP, and pay $10!
    Tonight however we stood around empty beer keg fires blazing outside the pub, with Paul Costa singing. He was great. I loved it! There must have been about 150 people standing around singing and dancing.
    We came home with a couple (or more) wine glasses. Shame🙄
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  • Day10

    Last day at Marree Camel Race

    July 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Off to the camel races! What can I say. Then watched the Crows get smashed by Port on the Hotel TV. We also heard of a tragic plane crash in Leigh Creek. Two were killed flying back from their visit to Marree and flight over lake Eyre. Thankfully it wasn't our farming neighbours from a few days ago, but both were couples from Queensland. Last day here.Read more

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Marree, RRE, Марри

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