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Devlls Marbles

Devlls Marbles (Australia)

Practical information on Devlls Marbles

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Desert
  • Place or Religious Monument
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
105km south of Tennent Creeks by car
When to go
All year apart from summer.
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Devlls Marbles

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

On the way back on the Stuart Highway at around 400km to the north of Alice Springs, the Devils Marbles site presents amazing circular rock formations in the heart of the Australian desert.

My suggestion:
You will prefer to visit in winter when the heat stays at acceptable levels and it's more suitable to go on a long walk through the natural park.
My review

I went there as part of a fairly quick visit and stopped where the road finishes, faced with two neighbouring rocks where the tourists lend themselves to traditional photos in equilibrium between the two granite spheres.

The lunar scenery is quite impressive. However, this natural park, apart from the small road which forms a gap in the reserve, seems to be difficult to access without appropriate equipment and materials. The site is naturally fascinating, but it perhaps doesn't merit a large detour from your itinerary if you are based at Alice Springs, otherwise, if you have a real desire to explore the park on foot over several days, accompanied by a guide.

Devils Marbles is another fairly well-known sacred Aboriginal site which takes on a great importance in mythology ceremonies of indigenous populations.

Lisa Gaillard Seasoned Traveller
47 written opinions

On your journey, whether you are going north, towards Darwin, or south, towards Alice Springs, stop off at Devils Marbles. These round granite blocks which come out of nowhere, are a geological curiosity which are worth seeing.

My suggestion:
Stroll along the Devils Marbles, read the scientific explanations of this phenomenon, and the Aboriginal legend too. And, above all, appreciate the sunset on the rocks; the intensity of colours is breathtaking.
My review

From the molten lava that eroded over millions of years according to scientists, this is what is known as the Devils Marbles. But I preferred the Aboriginal belief that explains that the Rainbow Serpent laid its eggs here, letting your imagination run wild.

What really surprised me in this area of Australia was the landscape. Indeed, after hours on the motorway in the Australian outback where everything is flat and dry, you can see the outline of dark masses, as though it were the end of the world. Then, as you approach, you discover that these reliefs are immense red balls, from a unique natural beauty, as if someone or something, perhaps the Rainbow Serpent (who knows?), had left them there, in the middle of nowhere.

The Devils Marbles are truly impressive, but in my opinion, you don't cross the whole Australian desert just to see them, as one would for Ayers Rock. However, if you go to Uluru or Alice Springs, on Stuart Highway, the never-ending road, I strongly urge you to stop there and enjoy some hill walking between the rocks. There are many of them, scattered on an average surface, there are always some that are more spherical and stranger than others. Some are even split in half, as if the egg had cracked open, or lightning had struck it. A mystic and majestic place. In addition, when I visited this site, a storm appeared on the horizon: the red Marbles pierced the deep blue sky, I was in another world.

I loved this sacred place. You can take magnificent photos, touch these smooth, round rocks, like eggs, and appreciate the contrast of colours between the sky and earth. This is what I aspired to do during Australian trip: a raw, pure nature that I dreamed about. I recommend this stop-off.

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