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Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

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Devils Marbles (also known by the Aboriginal name Karlu Karlu) is an Outback reserve protecting a natural landmark in the Barkly Tableland region of the Northern Territory, located just off the Stuart Highway.


A pair of balanced boulders

Devils Marbles are large granitic boulders precariously balanced on top of one another, which glow fiery red as sunset hits. They make for a nice stopover on the long Stuart Highway, and are culturally significant to the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Warumungu, who believe that these are the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent – a creature of a Dreamtime story.



The 'marbles' themselves are the main landscape feature. The surrounding is mostly flat desert.

Flora and fauna[edit]


The area is a desert. In the summer, temperatures get very high, while nights can get very cold.

Get in[edit]

Easy to access by car on the Stuart Highway

Fees and permits[edit]

Get around[edit]

The area is not big, and can be walked.


  • Devils Marbles






  • Camping is permitted (fees apply), offering a great way to enjoy this ancient landscape, since one of the best times to explore or photograph these unique formations is at sunrise and at sunset.
  • Alternatively, the nearest town, Wauchope, offers a limited range of accommodation and facilities.

Stay safe[edit]

This area is hot and dry - drink a lot of water.

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