An enigmatic place of breathtaking scenic beauty, the precarious
piles of huge granite boulders wide open skies and golden sunlight make
Karlu Karlu an unforgettable place to visit.
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.
A simple, unpowered bush camping area with fire places and pit
toilets is located at the southern end of the Reserve (fees apply -
cash only). No water or firewood is provided, and campers should come
well equipped. Bookings are not required.
Plants and animals found in the Reserve are those generally
encountered in the arid centre of Australia. The large clumps of rocks,
however, create a variety of miniature refuges and cooler, more
The Devils Marbles are known as Karlu Karlu in all four local
Aboriginal languages. This remarkable site is a sacred place to
Aboriginal traditional owners.
Traditional Owners maintain their responsibilities for the site, an
unbroken tradition that has continued since creation time. In a
historic ceremony held here on the 27th October 2008 ownership of the
Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve was officially given back to the
site’s Traditional Owners. The Reserve will now be leased back
the Territory Government under a 99 year lease agreement.