Tiny town Marree South Australia is the first major sign of civilisation in over 500 km (~310 miles) for travellers heading south down the iconic Oodnadatta or Birdsville tracks – both LOOOOONG stretches of dirt, rocks, gravel and bulldust. But we approached it over several days from the other direction – a straight run from Adelaide of nearly 700 km – or 7.5 hours on the road, thanks to the bitumen – further north!
In THIS region, a sealed road is noteworthy!
At the crossroads linking some of Australia’s most isolated areas Marree is remote by anyone’s standards. BUT … it’s an inland transport hub with credentials including Afghan cameleers, one-time rail head for the Ghan railway line from Alice Springs, legendary outback mailman Tom Kruse AND the Lake Eyre yacht club!
The irony of being simultaneously within cooee of Australia’s lowest rainfall area AND its largest lake (Lake Eyre) was almost as thrilling as being so close to the Marree Man Mystery.
Referenced by a statue at Marree’s southern entrance, it’s unknown how the REAL Marree Man, a 4.2 km (2+ miles) long outline of an Aboriginal man on a plateau discovered in 1998 got there. Or why! Or by whom!!
Tragically, Marree Man is on the verge of disappearing back into the desert, BUT … at 60 km (37 miles) out of town along those deadly tyre-shredding roads, a Marree Man sighting wasn’t going to happen for us on this trip.
Especially when the FAAAABULOUS Farina Bakery, conveniently on the way back to our campsite at Copley was calling our names!! But that’s another story …
See ya later!
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