A plus for the Marree Hotel

Submitted: Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 10:07
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Hi guys. Back from the Simpson. A few years back we did a quick trip to Marree for a flight over Lake Eyre. Unfortunately we stayed at the Marree Hotel. What a dump. And we said we would never be back. At least it was then.

Last week it was a pleasure to stay there. We bit the bullet and stayed there so that I could watch the Bledisloe Cup. Phil and Marilyn taking over last October must have looked like a cyclone had hit the place. It was a pleasure to drop in. They cleaned it out, put new carpet in and a bunch of work to make it well worth a visit even if not staying. Maybe it was a womans touch but whatever it was we can recommend it as a good stop over. Heaps of rooms upstairs, cabins and a pool to cool off in the summer. They had a bush poet staying there to entertain us as well.

My hat off to Phil and Marilyn Turner.
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Reply By: mikehzz - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 10:54

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 10:54
It's always good to hear good news. Do they still allow you to free camp in the side car park? Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:39

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:39
Unknown Mike. We just grabbed a cabin with a TV for the footy. And of course a shower.
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Follow Up By: Bearded Fish - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 12:59

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 12:59
Mike I was there the first week of July and yes it's free.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:20

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:20
I have a theory that the further north you go , the worse the coffee gets.

I worry for those living north of Broome Katherine or Cairns.

Now recently we tried the new auto coffee machine at Marree hotel and it wasn't to bad - not quite as good as the cappicino we had made at general store but all in all I'd have to give Marree the thumbs up on this account.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:40

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:40
Cannot comment on the coffee as we do not drink it. But the cuppa the girl made me was excellent.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 14:40

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 14:40
The further North you go, the better the beer tastes – coffee’s for city folk.
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Follow Up By: ss--ss - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 15:42

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 15:42
Was there a couple of months ago & the coffee was a proper cappuccino , the burgers we got were damn good also.. Was last bit of civilisation before reaching coober pedy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 16:52

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 16:52
but dont you guys escape from you city lives that are wrapped in cotton wool and "flash" coffees to get away from it all ??????
Yes the beer tastes BETTER the further away from citys you are, coffee ???? it is for the citys dudes
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 17:35

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 17:35
I think you are correct Robin, and although the beer might taste better, that's no good while you are still driving.

Those new 'do it yourself' coffee machines that litter the Stuart Highway and environs provide the worst coffee I have ever tasted. On the road, we always order a 'double shot', because some of these so called 'outback baristas' seem to forget to put the coffee in. Those machines dispense little more than hot milk.

I have nightmares of the coffee machine salesman travelling up and down the highway telling every road house and truckstop proprieter how they will save staff and make money. He should be sentenced to a life of drinking his own coffee.

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Reply By: muffin man - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 13:59

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 13:59
Any rats in the Simpson. We were there in July but didn't have any problems but just before you left Mt. Dare were supposedly getting reports they were up and about.
Your experience ?
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 14:15

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 14:15
No problems at all.

We were also told that there were a few reports of rats at Poeppel corner so we skipped camping near there.

Lots and lots of footprints seen throughout the trip but they were not a problem.

But I took the advice of others on this forum and stashed some of those smelly toilet thingumys under the bonnet. The roof top is fully enclosed and sealed with an annex and the car was shut and locked and everything edible packed away. We do this anyway so it was easy to manage. A clean campsight.

So for us - no hassles from the rodents.
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