Marree, South AustraliaAugust 3, 2016 in Australia
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.Read more