Devil’s Marbles

Alongside the Stuart Highway, approximately 100 km south of Tennant Creek are the Devil’s Marbles or Karlu Karlu, their traditional Warumungu name. The rocks are believed to be the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent and the site is of great significance to the local people. We pulled over to see the marbles to break up the highway journey and stretch our legs as we wandered around the piles they had formed.


Standley Chasm

Our final stop of the day was Standley Chasm, a narrow gorge whose walls rise up to 80 m. Here we followed the path from the car park to the gorge entrance, before wandering inside for a closer look. There is only a small section of the gorge open to the public, a small chain fence marks the end of the trail with a sign asking you not to go any further as the gorge presents potential risk. We didn’t listen to the sign. After a morning of swimming and climbing through gorges the boys and I weren’t ready to stop. We quickly hopped the fence and continued further into the gorge. I’m glad that we did, we climbed to the highest point we could and were rewarded with great views of the region.

Ellery Creek Big Hole

Our second stop exploring the West MacDonnell region was Ellery Creek Big Hole, a giant waterhole which provided us with our last swimming opportunity of the day. Like the many other visitors we had a picnic lunch before taking a swim in the cool, clear waters.

Kings Canyon

Before returning to Alice Springs we headed to Kings Canyon, in Watarrka National Park, for another day of walking and natural wonders. Due to the heat we made sure we started the walk around the rim of the canyon early as advised. A short steep climb to the top of the canyon provided us with amazing views as we followed the path around the rim, with a brief descent to a viewing pool, before returning to the ground several hours later.