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Oceania > Australia > Northern Territory > Barkly Tableland > Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

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 faunaEdit


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

Get inEdit

Easy to access by car on the Stuart Highway

Fees and permitsEdit

Get aroundEdit

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 safeEdit

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

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