Marree Man

Landsat image of the Marree Man in central Australia taken 28 June 1998

Latitude: 29°31.931’S

Longitude: 137°28.092’E



60kms west of Marree is the legendary figure of the Marree man. Its 28kms round and 4.2kms long.

he Marree Man geoglyph depicts a man holding either a stick or spear.  There are claims that the image is gradually eroding through natural processes, but because the climate is extremely dry and barren in the region, the image is still visible as of 2012.

Trec Smith, a charter pilot flying between Marree and Coober Pedy in the remote north of South Australia spotted the figure from the air on 26 June 1998.

“…., the 4.2km-long figure with a circumference of 28km was glistening  in the Outback sunshine this week.”

Claims that SA artist Bardius Goldberg carved the figure have never been officially endorsed because he died five years ago.

Marree General Store owner Bev Oldfield said the riddle of the Marree Man – which was discovered in 1998 – still baffled locals.

“People still talk about it, but we’ve got no idea who did it and whether it’s going to be re-done,” she said.

“We think the only people who would know who did it would be the Aboriginal Affairs Department, but we’ll probably never, ever know.

“It seems to be slowly fading but if you’re in the right spot you can still see it from the air. You can’t drive out there and see it. The only way you can see it properly is from the sky.

“Over the years the icon had lost some of its tourist appeal but nearly all of the Outback town’s visitors knew about the mystery.”

William Creek-based flight tour operator Trevor Wright, from Wright’s Air, said tourists were still encouraged to fly over the mystical Marree Man.

“From the southeast, the Marree Man is quite visible but you’ve got to be at the right height to see it, at between 3000 and 4000 feet (about 1100m),” he said.

“If you’re below that height you can easily fly over and miss it, not getting the bigger picture.

“The tourism interest has waned a bit over the years, but people still talk about it and when people ask whether it’s worth seeing, I tell them that it is.”

Source: Adelaide Now