Karlu Karlu - Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is on the Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway a travel information for self drive visitors guide

Devils MArbles roadside stop


Devils Marbles

: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Free entry

(Aboriginal Culture) (Aboriginal Self Discovery)

The Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles are clusters of mysterious rock spheres located in the scenic Australian desert near the outback town of Tennant Creek, scattered in heaps throughout a wide, shallow valley. The boulders, which are often precariously balanced on top of one another, were formed by millions of years of erosion. The local Aboriginal people, the Warumungu, believe that the boulders are the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. The ancient Aboriginal mythology surrounding this fascinating geological marvel can be explored through a short self-guided walking trail and informative signage.

The Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, stretching over 1,802 hectares, is home to a wide variety of unique desert flora and fauna, including goannas and finches. The reserve is located approximately 400 kilometers north of Alice Springs or 100 kilometers south of Tennant Creek. The nearest town, Wauchope, offers a limited range of accommodation and facilities.

Camping is permitted within the Reserve (fees apply), offering a great way to enjoy this ancient landscape. One of the best times to explore or photograph these unique formations is at sunrise and at sunset.

Facilities:
BBQ Facilities
Car park
Picnic Area
Public Toilet

How to Get There
This 1,802 hectare Reserve extends along both sides of the Stuart Highway approximately 393 km north of Alice Springs. The nearest settlement is Wauchope, 9km to the south, where fuel and limited stores can be obtained.

When to Visit
Access is available all year round.

What to See and Do
An easy short (15 minutes return) self guided walk commences from the carpark on the western side of the road (the day use area) with signs explaining the formation of the 'marbles'. Visitors can wander around the site along a network of informal walking tracks.


Visitor Facilities
A simple bush camping area with fire places and pit toilets is located at the southern end of the Reserve. No water or firewood is provided, and campers should come well equipped.

Camping
A simple bush camping area with fire places and pit toilets is located at the southern end of the Reserve. No water or firewood is provided and you should therefore bring your own supplies. Camp only in designated camping areas and camping fees are payable onsite.

A Devils Marble NT
Devils Marbles road side sign to camp

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Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles are clusters of mysterious rock .

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