The Devils Marbles – a place of ancient Aboriginal dreaming

Devils Marbles

A place of ancient Aboriginal dreaming, the Devils Marbles are a ‘must stop’ destination when driving through the Northern Territory.

A surreal collection of massive granite boulders strewn across acres of sparse desert country just 110 kilometers south of Tennant Creek in Central Australia – one of the most spectacular sights to be seen.

Join a guided walk through these spherical boulders and learn about the ancient Aboriginal spiritual lands of the region.

The dreaming story of the marbles or ‘Karlu Karlu’  to the local Warmungu Aboriginal people, tells of the mythological belief that the marbles are fossilized eggs of the Rainbow Serpent.

Some of the boulders stand up to 6 metres high!

Formed over millions of years these rocks continue to crack and move with time and mother nature.

A visit to the Devils Marbles early morning and late afternoon will reward you with a stunning range of red and gold colour and quite possibly some of the most impressive desert colours you will ever see.

Nature and Wildlife

Vivid blue skies, stark scenery and abundant range of wildlife are to be found throughout the Barkly Tablelands.

You will most likely spot wallabies, emus, kangaroos, dingos and numerous rodents and marsupials, prehistoric goannas and lizards and spectacular soaring kites and eagles circling above and an amazing array of other birdlife such as cockatoos, corellas, ibis and bush turkeys are to be found in this natural habitat.

The Davenport Range National Park

The Davenport Range National Park is an important refuge for fauna, especially water birds, due to this extensive network of permanent waterholes.

Budding birdwatchers and serious ornithologists head to this national park to catch sight of the collection of birds to be found in the area.

Going into the Davenport Ranges is strictly 4×4 country and those who want to experience the hidden beauty of the Tennant Creek region are rewarded by a network of permanent waterholes and extraordinary views from rocky outcrops that most of us don’t get to see.

There are no creature comforts in this part of the world so be prepared to pitch a tent or roll out a swag at one of the cleared campsites and spend the night sleeping under the stars.

This country is an amazing ancient landscape!  No matter how many times I travel through Central Australia, I never fail to stop and take yet another photo … just like every other tourist!

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