Classic outback hospitality at the historic junction of the Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks.
Open every day from 8am – late (bar opens at 10am)
Espresso Coffee available at the bar.
Meals available daily from 12 – 2 pm and a sumptuous dinner menu from 6 – 8pm
Enjoy our outback hospitality and mix with pastoralists and locals for darts on Friday nights hosted by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Call or email to book your accommodation, meals, tours and Scenic Flights over magnificent Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.
What the Marree Hotel is doing to ensure you enjoy your stay
Phil and Maz invested heavily in updating the hotel’s infrastructure and services to make the business function better and to provide a much improved level of visitor comfort – superior accommodation; sumptuous meals and unparalleled hospitality. The addition of two museums and the addition of our Information Centre now provides guests and visitors with a new outback experience.
Multi Award winners. The hard work has been recognized by our guests and industry peers. A GOLD and a SILVER Award for the “Best Standard Accommodation in South Australia” and a BRONZE Award presented to the Marree Hotel for the Best Standard Accommodation at the Qantas Australia Tourism Awards.
Improving outback hospitality is one thing. But exceeding your expectations is our ultimate goal.
Guest enjoy the Hotel’s swimming pool or relax in the beer garden. There is 24 hour tea and coffee available in the ‘Lake Eyre’ room for all guests and a full espresso cafe from the bar. Immerse yourself in the Hotel’s history – the “Tom Kruse Museum” is full of information about the great Birdsville Mailman; and then there’s the John McDouall Stuart Museum with unique drawings and a host of information about Australia’s greatest inland explorer. But the walls are full of historical photographs of Afghan Camel Trains; The Ghan Railway and photographs of Donald Campbell’s world record (401mph) run on Lake Eyre in 1964.
Visitor information is freely available. Phil, Maz and Joe are happy to chat about road conditions, scenic flights, tyre pressures, travel times (don’t follow the time-lines on Google Maps). Then get the low-down on the unique pastoral industry – the largest organic beef growing area in the world.
Use of the Beer Garden
Alongside the swimming pool is the Beer Garden with BBQ facilities for guests use. Please let the bar know if you want to use the BBQ.
The swimming pool is bore water and chlorinated to regulations. Whilst not heated it provides an embracing relief from the heat and a wonderful way to relax after a hard day traveling the outback.
The Marree Community
The Hotel is the hub of the Marree community. The Hotel is committed to supporting the town and the region. The Marree Hotel sponsors the Marree Sports Club (Clay Target Shooting, Gymkhana, Motorkhana) and supports the Marree Progress Association with the Camel Cup held in July each year. The town and pastoralists comes together at the Marree Hotel on Friday nights for the weekly social dart game hosted by the Royal Flying Doctor Service – everyone is welcome. Through summer there’s tennis. Movies are screened in the Marree Cinema each week – check the notice board in the Hotel.
Marree and the greater region is a harsh outback environment. Its tough to say the least. To survive it needs to cohesive community, strong visitor support and the help of the Marree Hotel. Since 2012, the Marree Hotel has donated over $50,000 to support events in Marree – Motorkhanas, Gymkhanas, The Camel Cup and established the Marree Gun Club. The Hotel, with the wonderful contributions of our guests have provided financial support to the Royal Flying Doctor Service with over $16,000 since 2012.
But… this is the outback
Things are different and the logistics of providing superiort accommodation are not without some compromise.
For example, we only have Optus mobile phone coverage (except at 1,500ft while taking a scenic flight you can pick up Telstra!). Currently we are on a 3G network but Optus are working towards installing 4G very soon. Telstra have also made a commitment to have coverage in Marree before the end of 2019.
Our water is from a bore and whilst it is excellent quality for washing, bathing, cooking and cleaning your teeth, you can’t drink it! There is rain water in each kettle and bottled water in the jug in each ensuite cabin. 10ltr casks of fresh water can be purchased from the hotel bar.
Power to the hotel comes from the town’s generators. Whilst there is plenty of power available, the infrastructure that delivers it is another story and power outages can occur. So make sure you bring a torch just in case we end up in the dark. In most cases, power is restored within the hour.
Digital Television is available. Free-to-air channels are now available via satellite (VAST). You have TWO remote controls but use the TV one just to turn the screen on and then use the OTHER remote – the digital box – to surf your channels. But the VAST network steels our bandwidth when sets are not in use and it may take a few minutes to automatically ‘log-in’ when you turn the TV on.