Starting from the dirt car park/campground off Devils Marbles Road, Davenport, this walk takes you on a circuit in the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, visiting the Nyanjiki Lookout along the way. You’ll have a chance to view the magnificent warm boulders of Karlu Karlu from up-close and be dazzled by their sheer size and exceptional balance. The Nyanjiki Lookout offers panoramic views over the reserve and makes for a great stop to watch the sunset. The official Mayijangu Walk starts from the paved road to the west, yet the only difference is the starting point. The interpretive signposts inform you about the history of the area, why it’s called Devils Marbles and how the rocks were formed. Please be respectful and refrain 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, keep left at the fork as you pass by a brown signpost (to your right) to continue along Mayijangu & Nyanjiki Lookout Circuit (counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
Find the camp site at the start.
Find the shelter at the start.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 8 m pass the toilet (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Niyanjiki Lookout, where you can get panoramic views of the reserve. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 190 m turn left.
After another 105 m turn right.
After another 205 m continue straight.
About 40 m past the end is "Devils Marbles Campground".
There is a fee to use this campsite.
About 75 m past the end is a toilet.
This side trip takes you to the Niyanjiki Lookout, where you can get panoramic views of the reserve.
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
Mayijangu & Nyanjiki Lookout Circuit
10 min to 20 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 (1/6)
Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 290 m apart with the largest gap of 860 m.
Shelter: There is one 25 m from the start.
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 290 m apart with the largest gap of 800 m.