Starting from the car park on Devils Marbles Road/Old Stuart Highway, Warumungu, this walk takes you on a small circuit in the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, exploring the reddish granite boulders along the way. The words ‘Karlu Karlu’ mean ‘round boulders’ in the Warumungu Aboriginal language. The said boulders range from 50 centimetres to a whopping 6 metres with some of the split in half like they were surgically cut. The area is home to cute little fairy martins as well as black-headed monitor/goannas and sand goannas. If you want to learn more about the history & fauna of the area, why it’s called Devils Marbles and how the rocks were formed, keep an eye out for the interpretive signposts. 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 Telegraph Terrace, 87 then drive for 710 m
Keep right and drive for another 20 m
Turn left and drive for another 401.5 km
Turn right onto Old Stuart Highway and drive for another 890 m
Keep left and drive for another 60 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park on Devils Marbles Road/Old Stuart Highway (850 metres northwest of intersection with Stuart Highway), head towards the sheltered informative signposts along the dirt track. Pass through the shelter and head towards the slanted “Karlu Karlu Walk” sign. Keep left as you pass by the said sign and start pivoting around the boulders to your left to continue along the Karlu Karlu Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
Find the shelter at the start.
Find the sign at the start.
After another 35 m continue straight.
Then pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
After another 360 m veer left.
After another 35 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Karlu Karlu Circuit
5 min to 10 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)