Another iconic Outback pub put on the market

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Marree Hotel in South Australia
Phil Turner behind the bar of the iconic Marree Hotel. PIC: Adelaide Advertiser

Another of the Outback’s most iconic pubs is up for sale.

Seven years after taking over the lease of the Marree Hotel in South Australia, Phil and Marilyn Turner are looking to move on.

According to its online listing, the lease for the Marree Hotel includes museums, dining rooms, 28 ensuite cabins and 12 hotel rooms. The prospective buyer would also get a swimming pool, separate staff quarters and a unit for the owner/manager.

Mr Turner, 68, told the Adelaide Advertiser that potential buyers would get “change from $1 million”  but he would not sell it for less than $700,000.

“When you’re in business, everything is for sale,” he said. “If someone walked in with the right proposition we’d take a look at it, but we’re not desperate to sell up by any measure.”

Mr Turner said he decided to sell the leasehold because it was time for he and his wife to “start going slower” and he felt the time was right to see if someone wanted to take on the challenge of running a rural pub.

“There’s been a massive surge in visitor numbers in the last 12 months … it’s just been incredible,” he said.  “We’ve worked our arses off and we think the time is right for someone else to capitalise on all the work we’ve done.”

Mr Turner was instrumental in the recent effort to restore the Marree Man, a mysterious 2.7km tall geoglyph discovered 60km west of Marree 20 years ago. He told The Advertiser that prospective buyers would be aware that the Marree Hotel was one of the few outback pubs consistently turning a profit.

“And there’s lots of flexibility — they could take up our lease indefinitely or just for 20 years,” Mr Turner said. “They can do whatever they want to do.”

Last year, the legendary Tattersalls Hotel in the tiny New South Wales town of Barringun was put on the market … one of a number to be put up for sale in recent times. While many Outback hostelries have been doing it tough, a growing number have been offering camping faculties and turning to the grey nomad market to keep themselves going.

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2 Responses to Another iconic Outback pub put on the market

  1. Was there a few times in 2013 when we did the Birdsville and later the Oodnadatta. Great place, as is the William Creek Hotel just up the road!

  2. we were there a few weeks ago

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