Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Heat warning

Temperatures across the Northern Territory can be very hot between October and April.

It can exceed 40 degrees Celsius in some locations. High humidity in the Top End can also make you tire easily.

Check forecast temperatures before you visit. Find out how to prepare and stay safe in the heat.

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 PDF (1.9 MB).

Find out about camping in parks and reserves.

Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve - Gigantic boulders Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve sunset over boulders

Check if the park is open

Ranger Station phone: 08 8962 4499

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve Open  -
Campground Open  -

All year round.

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

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

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

Karlu Karlu has all of the following facilities:

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

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
  • drones are not permitted.

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
  • use free interactive park maps on your mobile phone or tablet.

Tennant Creek Ranger Station phone: 08 8962 4499

Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs

Last updated: 07 June 2022

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