Things To Do In Marree

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Birdsville Track Audio Tour

  • Experience remote living through the locals’ eyes
  • Walk in the footsteps of Australia’s first explorers
  • Discover the desert’s extreme ecology
  • Find out how the Simpson Desert was formed!
  • Crazy, extreme stories about Afghan cameleers, Aboriginal rainmakers, and Drovers and more!

Marree Train

The Ghan

According to Great Southern Rail, The Ghan is one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. SBS has even made a TV show about it. The Ghan now runs from Adelaide through Tarcoola and then roughly follows the Stuart Highway up to Darwin. But originally, the Ghan followed explorer John MacDouall …
Birdsville Track Mailman Tom Kruse truck in Marree

Tom Kruse Truck

Imagine following a 500km cattle trail over dunes and across stony gibber plains, without meeting another soul. In the 1930s, before phones and portable radios, Tom Kruse did just that. Once a month, Tom delivered supplies and mail from Marree to Birdsville, along the Birdsville Track. The Track wasn’t yet …
Lyall Oldfield

Lyall Oldfield

Lyall Oldfield has been dubbed ‘The Mayor of Marree’. In fact, Marree doesn’t have a mayor because there’s no council. I think it’s under the jurisdiction of the Outback Communities Authority. Marree has a progress association to take care of town business. Lyall is descended from one of the first white …

Marree Cemetery

Before 1974, Marree was so segregated that even the cemetery was separated into European, Afghan and Aboriginal areas. The cemetery’s full of interesting grave stones. You can pick a map up from the Marree Telecentre and go and take a look …
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The Unexpected Marree Mosque

I love this mosque. It isn’t a real one – it’s actually a replica, dedicated to the Muslim cameleers (often called ‘Afghans’ even though they weren’t!).Outback towns like Birdsville relied on the cameleers. You see, horse hooves sink into sand dunes so they tire very quickly. It took many changes …

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