Leaving Alice Springs, we stopped off at the Tropic Of Capricorn for yet another great photo op for the kids. The Tropic of Capricorn (or the Southern Tropic) is the circle of latitude that contains the subsolar point on the December (or southern) solstice. It is thus the southernmost latitude where the Sun can be directly overhead. Its northern equivalent is the Tropic of Cancer.
We then moved further north to the UFO capital of Australia, Wycliffe Well, stopping at a famous UFO landing site to stretch the legs. Both Chloe and Coop thought this was amazing and asked us approximately 6547 questions about Aliens, as you could imagine 🤣🤣
Once we arrived at Devils Marbles Hotel we were welcomed by friendly staff, clean amenities, large sites which allow you stay hitched up and a great little pub with cheap meals and happy hour. Devils Marbles Hotel also has a pool for the kids and a camp kitchen which allowed us to easily have a big cook up for lunch.
Once we parked up we unhitched quickly as we were so keen to get out to the Devils Marbles Conservation area, that we had heard so much about.
The Devils Marbles is essentially a large area of massive boulders. You can see how big these are in our photos below.
They were truly amazing & the kids were the most animated we’ve seen climbing through the large boulders during our walk. This is another sacred site to the Aboriginal People however they encourage you to explore the boulders with specially marked walking tracks.
Some of the ‘marbles’ had been split in two and they were all weathered and rounded, some were even complete orbs perched precariously on top of other bigger monoliths.
There was a short 350m walk that took you around the base of one section of the rocks and had a few information boards explaining how they were formed. They are made of granite and were laid down 600 million years ago. Over time, they have weathered and the feldspar dissolves into mud when exposed to the rain. This causes the splits that have shaped them. The wind and rain then round them off. It also causes them to flake like onions, so large chunks fall off and are soon ground to gritty sand which forms the soil there. So informative!!
It was only a quick stop off at Devils Marbles Hotel and we’re off again, onto Barkly Homestead, Tablelands, NT.