Marree is a fascinating tiny settlement in Outback South Australia. The town is situated on a barren gibber plain a few kilometers from the Hergott Springs which gave the town its initial name.
The town is only about 685 km north of Adelaide, but it seems to be in a different world. Despite the desolate surroundings it is a good place to stay before you go on either the Oodnadatta Track or the Birdsville Track.
Marree's proximity to Lake Eyre also attracts many visitors, especially when there is water in the usually dry lake. It can get fairly busy then.
Believe it or not, this is one of my favourite Australian Outback towns. Actually, I already visited this wonderful place three times, and it never bores me.
There are always changes, good and bad, but I am convinced the locals will continue in their struggle for keeping the town on the map.
You can easily spend a day or more exploring the relics of the town's heydays as a thriving railway settlement. The history of these remote Outback towns fascinates me a lot.
Take your time, relax and have a chat with the locals and fellow travellers.
Marree Picnic Races and Bronco Branding held on the Queens Birthday long weekend in June, with the Bronco Branding following the next weekend.
The Camel Cup held in July.
Marree Gymkhana in October is a fun day for horse riders and families.
Drive outside town to feel the isolation and loneliness. Marree's wide streets wear off in the desert, you just feel overwhelmed by the immense vastness.