Phil and Maz have offered their historic Marree Resort to Phil and Maria.
- The Maree Resort has been offered to Port Augusta tour operators Phil and Maria van Wegen
- Phil and Maz Turner are retiring after managing the historic pub for 10 years
- The brand new homeowners already run a scenic flight and outback tour firm out of the lodge
After 10 years, Phil and Maz Turner have made the choice to let go of their much-loved outback pub.
The Marree Resort is a beacon for travellers on the perimeter of the Simpson Desert, 700 kilometres north of Adelaide on the junction of the Birdsville Monitor and the Oodnadatta Monitor.
Mr and Mrs Turner are retiring from their little slice of the outback and handing the reins over to new homeowners, Phil and Maria van Wegen.
“That is in all probability the most important single funding within the hospitality business within the north of South Australia,” Mr Turner stated.
Although bittersweet, Mr Turner says it is time for a change.
Mr Turner stated he and his spouse took the dive into outback hospitality with no expertise, and can at all times fondly bear in mind taking the pub from the place it was to what it is grow to be — an outback vacationer attraction.
“It has been a journey, and now the highway to Marree is sealed, there will be a brand new period of holiday makers coming to the far north.”
New lease, new life
Phil and Maria van Wegen, from Port Augusta, say they’re up for the problem of publican life.
“This is not the form of factor that comes alongside fairly often,” Mr van Wegen stated.
“We’re enthusiastic about what this implies for tourism within the area.”
The van Wegens additionally personal and function Arid Air, a scenic flight and outback tour operation based mostly in Port Augusta that has been working out of the Marree Resort since July.
Mark Sutton, the chair of Regional Improvement Australia, Far North, stated the van Wegens would convey a brand new course to the well-known lodge.
“To have a serious funding in hospitality for this area is a vital growth for tourism and the native economic system.”