Karlu Karlu Tours

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Karlu Karlu
Formed by millions of years of erosion and precariously perched in the desert, Karlu Karlu (or “the Devil’s Marbles”) is one of the most famous geologic sites in Australia’s desert interior. Located on the lonely stretch of highway between Alice Springs and Darwin, Karlu Karlu is a sacred stretch of rock strewn Australian landscape. A few of these rounded, eroded “marbles” are upwards of 20 feet wide, and are delicately perched on top of each other in ways that barely seem real. The slightest breath of wind, it seems, would topple the rocks and send them crashing to the dusty red earth below. These rocks, however, have stood in this spot for millions of years, and form parts of sacred creation tales for the area’s original inhabitants. There are no official trails in the park—just informal, well-worn paths—and the desert landscape’s epic silence improves with each step from the road. In the peak of the day, the boulders appear flat, completely lifeless, and really not all that special, though all of that changes in the hour before sunset in the light of the soft desert glow. A primitive campground allows travelers to camp amidst the towering rocks, and catch the afternoon light performance before all the stars come out. And, while it’s easy to photograph the famous marbles without even leaving the parking lot, the best way to experience the park is to walk amidst the landscape—where boulders seem to have gotten stuck after raining down from the sky.  

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Karlu Karlu is located 65 miles south of Tennant Creek, and 245 miles north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory’s interior. Due to scorching summertime temperatures that can stretch well over 100 degrees, the site is best visited in the cooler months of May-August. Should you choose to visit in the middle of the day, be sure to pack water and sun protection as there’s definitely a lack of shade.
Address: Northern Territory, Australia, Australia
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2-Day Tour from Darwin to Alice Springs Including Mataranka Hot Springs Devils Marbels and Edith Falls

Journey from the capital of the Northern Territory to the otherworldly landscapes of the Red Centre on this 2-day road trip from Darwin to Alice Springs. Snap a photo by the striking Devil’s Marbles, relax with a dip in the Mataranka Thermal Springs and cool off with a swim beneath Edith Falls. This scenic tour includes hotel pick-up, overnight accommodation and shared transport.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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5-Day Camping Tour from Alice Spring to Darwin via Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Get a real taste for life in outback Australia on this epic 5-day trek from Alice Springs to Darwin. Travel by air-conditioned coach, camp out in a swag beneath the stars and tuck into typical campfire food on the ultimate road trip. Walk around the rim of the dramatic Kings Canyon; hike to Kata Tjuta; ride a camel through the desert and sip champagne as you watch the sunset over Uluru. After leaving Alice Springs, visit the Devil’s Marbles, Edith Falls and Mataranka Thermal Springs, before arriving in Darwin.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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5-Day Camping Tour from Darwin to Alice Springs via Uluru Ayers Rock

Embark on a thrilling 5-day outback adventure as you journey through the Northern Territory from Darwin to Alice Springs. See the Devil’s Marbles, bathe in the Mataranka Thermal Springs and swim beneath Edith Falls, before arriving in Alice Springs. Then, tackle the Kings Canyon rim walk, see Kata Tjuta and watch the sunset over Uluru. That’s not all: ride a camel, camp out beneath the desert stars and learn about the Territory’s rich Aboriginal heritage.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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