Marree is located at the junction of the famous Oodnadatta and Birdsville Tracks. It is situated 680 km north of Adelaide. Marree has a population of approximately 150 people.
Originally known as Hergott Springs, the town was established as a staging post for camel trains, which were once the main means of transporting freight into the outback. During the 1960's and 1970's, it was a major break-of-gauge station on the ‘Ghan’ rail line to Alice Springs.
Marree is now an important service centre for the large sheep and cattle stations in the State's northeast as well as a stopover point for tourists traveling along the Birdsville or Oodnadatta Tracks.
Improvements in recreational activities, basic infrastructure, economic development and community unity are issues that have been specifically identified by the community.
The Progress meets on a monthly basis and its main fundraising activities include the Camel Cup and Marree races held annually. The Progress Association structure is generally very stable with little turnover of members.