Starting from the dirt carpark/campground off Devils Marbles Road, Davenport, this walk takes you on a relatively bigger circuit in the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve via the Nurrku Walk Track. Karlu Karlu is the Aboriginal term for ‘round boulders’, and that is what you’re going to see as you make your way through the reserve. Not just any round boulders though, these granite boulders are placed on top of each other in such a way that you’ll think that is not naturally possible. Especially the huge ones that look like they can roll off any second and the cleanly split-in-half ones. The place is known internationally and is generally busy due to the uniqueness of it. Take your time and read the informative signposts to learn more about the history of the area, why it’s called Devils Marbles and how the rocks were formed. Please be respectful and refrain yourself from climbing the historic boulders as they are spiritually and culturally important to the land’s traditional Aboriginal owners. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Old Stuart Highway then drive for 500 m
Turn right and drive for another 560 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the northern end of the large dirt car park/campground (Devils Marbles), head towards the slanted “Mayijangu Walk” sign as you pass through the bollard. Pass by the said sign to your left and head along the dirt walking track, moving directly away from the car park. Shortly after, veer right at the fork and pass between a brown signpost(to your left) and a slanted signpost(to your right) to continue along the Nurrku Circuit Walk(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
There is a sign (about 105 m back from the start).
There is a shelter (about 20 m back from the start).
Find the camp site at the start.
After another 25 m veer right.
After another 20 m cross the ford.
After another 230 m cross the ford.
After another 950 m pass the car park (220 m on your left).
After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 550 m pass the car park (270 m on your left).
After another 670 m pass the car park (245 m on your right).
After another 50 m turn right.
After another 45 m pass the toilet (80 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the shelter (15 m on your right).
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 25 m turn sharp left, to head along Old Stuart Highway.
After another 150 m cross the ford.
After another 15 m turn left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Niyanjiki Lookout where you can get better views over the surrounding land. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 135 m pass the toilet (on your right).
After another 20 m come to the end.
This side trip takes you to the Niyanjiki Lookout where you can get better views over the surrounding land.
Directions & comments
After another 175 m come to "Nyanjiki Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 175 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Nurrku Circuit Walk
45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 0 m from the start.
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.1 km apart with the largest gap of 2.7 km.