Australia, Central Australia, Northern Territory

The Devils Marbles with kids (Karlu Karlu)

The Devils Marbles with kids

(Karlu Karlu)

Did you know that the Devils Marbles appear to glow red when the sun sets on them? 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) with my husband and young kids on a Central Australian road camping trip.  See the route we followed here: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took)

The Devils Marbles 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 really can’t miss them.

Ripley and Jason playing superheroes

They are free to visit!

They are completely free to visit and are in a fantastic location to break up the drive.  Visiting the Devils Marbles with kids in a no brainer!

The name ‘Karlu Karlu’ translates to ’round boulders’.  The name is shared by the Kaytete, Warumungu, Warlpiri and Alyawarra traditional owners of the area.  The gigantic boulders seem to defy gravity by balancing on top of each other.  The site is really interesting and a great place for the kids to both learn, and run around to burn off some energy.

Facilities onsite include information signs (interesting read), public toilets, picnic tables, camping, caravan sites and walking tracks.

The Devils Marbles are at the best at sunset and sunrise when the sun highlights their beautiful deep red colour.  If you wish to see this, you can take advantage of the camping facilities on the grounds.  Imagine waking up to a view of these giant boulders gradually changing colour as the sun rises!


Set up camp to take advantage of the sunset and sunrise views

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


If you find that the campsite is full, there is a quirky holiday park not far down the road called Wycliffe Well Holiday Park.  It’s known as the UFO capital of the world and has both hotel rooms and caravan/camping sites.

It was a little run down when we visited but I dearly hope that it has been restored to it’s former glory as the alien paraphernalia is really quite humorous.

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