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The Oodnadatta Track and the Stuart Highway

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Marla is the first and last settlement on the Stuart Highway in South Australia, when arriving in the State from the north, or on route to the Northern Territory.

The small settlement with its gum trees and park of green lawn provides a welcome stop for travellers.

It was named after the Marla Bore which supplied water for the construction of the highway. Marla is the Aboriginal word meaning kangaroo.

With a population of around  70 people, Marla is primarily a service town and is visited twice a week by the famous train, The Ghan, which passes by on the other side of the highway.

Marla is 1,082 km’s from Adelaide and 159km south of the Northern Territory border. Situated east of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands in South Australia

The small outback opal mining town of Mintabie is only 33 kms from Marla. It’s a good unsealed road.


The park at Marla

Country between Marla and Kulgara