Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Travellers on the Stuart Highway can experience a range of the Territory's amazing natural landscapes, especially the impressive sight of the Devils Marbles or Karlu Karlu. 

These gigantic boulders have become an internationally recognised symbol of Australia's outback and are spectacular when the light of the morning and evening sun highlights their deep red colour. 

Karlu Karlu translates to 'round boulders'. 

This name is shared by the Kaytete, Warumungu, Warlpiri and Alyawarra traditional owners of the area. Traditional owners ask that the karlu (marbles) are not climbed. 

In a historic ceremony held here on 27 October 2008, ownership of the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve was officially given back to the site's traditional owners. 

The reserve is now jointly managed with the traditional owners and Parks and Wildlife rangers.

The rocks are a cooler, sheltered environment for plants and animals. 

Keep an eye out for small black-headed goannas in boulder crevices. 

You may also see zebra finch and painted finch throughout the reserve. Fairy martins create bottle-shaped mud nests on the underside of overhanging boulders.

Get the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles fact sheet and map (606.6 kb).

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What to see and do

You can see and do all of the following at Karlu Karlu:

  • short walks
  • geological features
  • wildlife spotting
  • camping.

How to get there

Karlu Karlu is 100km south of Tennant Creek off the Stuart Highway.

Check if this park is open

Find out if the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is open.

Opening hours

All year round. 

The best time to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

Contact

Tennant Creek Ranger Station phone: (08) 8962 4599

Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs

Facilities

Karlu Karlu has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • public toilets
  • picnic tables
  • camping
  • caravan sites
  • walking tracks.

Please remember

When visiting the reserve, remember all of the following:

  • stay on designated roads and tracks
  • historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • fires are only permitted in designated fire pits
  • pets are permitted in the day-use carpark only and must be on a lead
  • pets are not permitted in the campground
  • generators are not permitted.

Safety

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Karlu Karlu by doing all of the following:

  • observe park safety signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, suitable clothing and footwear
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • think about your health and fitness when choosing a walk.

Last updated: 29 February 2016