'Anmatjere Man' – Anmatjere, Australia - Atlas Obscura

'Anmatjere Man'

Anmatjere, Australia

Along the Stuart Highway, two giant sculptures tower over the roadway. 

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About 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, visitors will find one of Australia’s most unique outback experiences. This region of Australia is home to the Aileron Roadhouse and its two large statues.

Visitors will first see the “Anmatjere Man” standing proudly on a hill, overlooking his country, spear in hand. This statue is a popular pull-off destination along the highway, however, when visitors arrive at the statue they will also notice another sculpture of a woman, child, and a lizard. 

Both statues were created by local sculptor Mark Egan. The “Anmatjere Man” was erected in 2005, “Woman and Child” were crafted in 2008. Visitors can walk right up to the statues for a closer view. The roadhouse is in itself an outback gem and is also well worth the visit.  

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