If you have ever been road tripping along the Stuart Hwy,there’s no doubt you stopped off at Karlu Karlu, or what allot people call it “The Devils Marbles” Now if you haven’t, you’ll find this fascinating geological wonder about 390km North of Alice Springs just off the Stuart Hwy.
This place intrigues us ,and with every single visit over the years we have come away with a different experience each time,it’s a place we always look forward returning too!
These red granite boulders are literally everywhere,scattered over quite allot of acres,some performing what looks like a balancing act, ranging in size from relatively small to some a few metres across in size.
They were formed millions of years ago from an upsurge of molten rock that reached the surface, spread out and settled into a solid layer ,later on developing cracks causing them to split! Then millions of years of erosion has eroded away the edges on this rock forming boulders and from that this unique landscape has formed.
Karlu Karlu is also a very spiritual place for the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarre and Warlpiri people and each group have their variation of traditional spirit stories relating to the area,you may have heard of “Dream-time” stories.
There is a camping ground here,but if you travel with a dog/dogs ,they’re not allowed in the campground.
The campground is basic with no facilities other than toilets,picnic tables and wood barbecues but you do need to bring along your own wood.The charge is $3.30 pp and is paid by an honour system (leaving your money in an envelope) ,It can get quite busy here in the cooler months.
9km up the road is also the small place of Wauchope,where accommodation and food is available.
At one of the stopping bays (the one with the shelter) there’s a self guided walk with information boards explaining Aboriginal Mythology of the area,you’ll notice though that there’s allot of tracks going everywhere and no matter which direction you take there’s always some pretty impressive granite boulders.Keep your eye out for Dingoes while walking too ,on one visit in the later afternoon we spotted a couple of Dingoes wandering around,once it became dark they came in closer for a sticky beak.
And if you can ,try to experience the marbles just on sunset or sunrise,something really special about being there at that time of the day.
So now you know about the Devils Marbles,we will now tell you about the bit that completes his whole tackle!
Our last visit to the Devils Marbles was an eye opener ,while I wandered around the boulders with the younger kids,Pete got talking to a local mob who had pulled up next to us. He grabbed Pete aside and started pointing between his legs then took him for a walk,this was to show Pete the rock formation that resembles a mans bit (shlong,penis,what ever you want to call it!). So there you go! now we are educated on this rock formation that sits there sticking up amongst the rest of the granite boulders,and below is a photo to show you all.
However the conversation didn’t end there,it then turned into talk of the “Invisible people” the whole car load spoke about these people and warned us over and over again ,not to let our children wander by them selves or even an adult around these boulders.These “Invisible people” are bad and will lock you up! they talked about an Asian man who lost his life a couple of years ago.