Australia, Camping, Central Australia, Northern Territory

The Devils Marbles with kids (Karlu Karlu) in Central Australia

The Devils Marbles with kids (Karlu Karlu)

Did you know that Karlu Karlu appear to glow red when the sun sets on them, much like Uluru and Kata Tjuta ? Or that you can camp RIGHT next to them and marvel at the changing colours from your camp bed?

I visited The Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) on a self-drive camping trip with my husband and two young kids.  Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park was our our final destination before heading back home to the East Coast of Australia. (To see our route from Alice Springs to Uluru visit this page: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took))

devils marbles with kids
Ripley (nearly 4) enjoying this little ‘cave’ between the rocks

They are located just off the Stuart Highway approximately 100 km past Tennant Creek.  You will pass them on the way to Alice Springs if coming in from the North.  The Devils Marbles Conservation reserve run along both sides of the Stuart Highway so you can’t miss them.

Ripley and Jason playing superheroes and ‘holding up’ the rock

These huge granite boulders are spread over a large area.  What makes them unique, is the seemingly way they seem to defy gravity by balancing on top of each other.

The Devils Marbles are FREE to visit, and whilst the walkways are clearly marked, they appear quite informal. This means that you are free to walk around and explore in whichever direction you please.


If you visit at Sunset or Sunrise, the boulders seem to glow a beautiful red (much like Uluru when the sun set hits it).

There is a basic camping area here with fireplaces and pit toilets, however there are no powered sites or showers.  You need to bring in your own firewood, water and other necessary supplies. Sites are limited so getting in early is a must during busy times.


In general, visiting the Devils Marbles with Kids is EASY!  The site is interesting both geologically and visually, and there is LOTS of space for kids to run around and burn off energy.  You will need to bring your own water, snacks and sun protection.

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