Category Archives: What’s On

Glen Helen in the Henley on Todd

The Annual Henley on Todd Regatta features a course of bottomless boats racing down the Todd river in the center of Alice Springs.

Each year Glen Helen sponsors a boat in the race and staff members Roger, Melanie, Mark and Roger were sure to give it a try out ahead of start time


Typically Territory Events

While we all know that in Central Australia you can go hiking on some beautiful trails, swim in pristine gorges and drive for hours without seeing anyone else but there are also a whole range of typically territory events going on throughout the year and you have to get to at least one of them during your Red Centre adventure.

The Red Centre and Top Half Folk Festival



Food, atmosphere, scenery and world class musicians, this one just happens to be held biannually at Glen Helen and it’s an action packed long weekend not to be missed. Get in early though as it books out well in advance.



The Camel Cup

Camel Cup


There’s horse racing and then there’s camel racing and chances are you’ve never been this entertained before. Held yearly in July there is plenty of food and drink and plenty of entertainment besides the races.


Henley on Todd Regatta

Henley on Todd


Why is this so unique? Because it’s  a regatta 1500km’s from the nearest large body of water. Held in August the race features a course of bottomless boats racing down the Todd river in the centre of Alice Springs. Where else can you see that?


Alice Desert Festival



Held in late August the Alice Desert Festival shares the stories, songs and the unique lifestyle of Central Australia’s arid region. With such a rich history and unique way of life, this is a place you really want to get to know.


Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Beanie Fest


Yep you read that right, running since 1997 the Alice Springs Beanie Festival celebrates all things Beanies. With thousands of beanies on display and for sale along with workshops and demonstrations it’s a festival like no other.


Alice Springs Cup Carnival

Cup Carnival


Well we’ve had the camel cup but there is room for the horses too. The Alice Springs Cup Carnival is a five day race carnival showcasing the best in outback racing and it’s always worth a visit.



This is just a taste of what goes on out here, if that not enough how about the Christmas Carnival, The Finke Desert Race, Australian Chamber Orchestra Uluru Festival, The Australian Outback Marathon or for the really adventurous the Run Larapinta Stage Race.

New Season Menu plus recipe

As winter draws to a close the Namatjira Gallery Restaurant has launched it’s newest menu. Still featuring favorites such as the Namatjira Tasting Plate and Dundee Spring Rolls you can now also try Crispy Skin Duck served with pickled vegetables, black rice and citrus glaze.

A long time favorite has been the lemon and rosemary lamb cutlets and to coincide with the new menu our head chef Mark Jones has been kind enough to share his recipe for creamy blue cheese polenta which is a perfect accompaniment to the meal.

Blue Cheese Polenta


  • 1 Lt Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Kg Polenta
  • 100 Gm Blue Cheese
  • 50 Gm Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Cream
  • Salt & Pepper


1. Bring stock to the boil and reduce heat.

2. Whisk in polenta in a steady stream, add blue cheese and Parmesan cheese and stir constantly for five minutes.

3. Add cream and continue to stir for a further minute.

4. Pour polenta mix into a flat tray and refrigerate until firm.

5. To serve, cut into portions and lightly brown top and bottom on frying pan.

Mark serves the blue cheese polenta alongside the lemon and rosemary lamb cutlets with steamed greens and tops it off with a red wine jus.

To try some of the menu for yourself contact Glen Helen reception to book a table in our restaurant. Already dined with us? Tell us about your favorite item on the menu in the comments section.


Barry Skipsey returns to Glen Helen for 2014

Barry Skipsey, Alice Springs based singer, songwriter and photographer is no stranger to the stage at Glen Helen and is received with great enthusiasm on each and every visit. Kicking off his 2014 season Barry will be at Glen Helen from this Friday the 18th of April playing right through the Easter and Anzac day weekends.

Visitors are treated to a show of traditional Australian music along with displays of Barry’s photography from around Australia.


h2>Barry Skipsey

Alice Springs based Singer / Songwriter Barry Skipsey speaks to those who live past the city limits. His songs reflect the aspirations and experiences of his life. From following his urge as a younger man to leave the city and discover life at the“ End of the Bitumen “ to the fun and frustration of his own parenthood. They are songs of a contented man, someone who has found their place after much searching.

In celebrating the timeless beauty, space, colour and the people of this vast continent, Skipsey reminds us that luck comes to those who take the risk of following their dreams. Barry primarily performs solo accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He is a deft instrumentalist, a powerful singer and equally engaging as a performer. His music sits in the idiom of contemporary country.

Barry’s second and current Solo Album, “ Let Your Spirit Fly” features 14 original songs including the Northern Territories unofficial Anthem, “You’ll Never Never Know, If You Never Never Go”. Recorded in Melbourne and produced by Hugh MacDonald of Redgum fame, it features many outstanding players and a more than satisfying blend of instrumentation. Click here to purchase the album »

Country Music statesman, Slim Dusty recorded and released two of Barry’s songs,

Good Heavens Above and the End of the Bitumen. Plans were underway to run a third song past Slim before the sad loss of this Australian Country Music legend.

Skipsey’s first Solo Album “ NT Road ” was released through the Larrikin label back in 1985. The album which followed two Top Half Folk Festival song-writing awards, sold well. Barry later joined forces with the Alice Springs Bush Band Bloodwood contributing his original material. Following an approached by the NT Tourist Commission (NTTC) they were contracted, in a marketing capacity, to perform Internationally. For the next ten years, Bloodwood toured and performed in the UK, Asia, North America and Europe, including a two week stint at the famed Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The writer of the song “ You’ll Never Never Know, If You Never Never Go”, Barry is no stranger to tourism promotion, on stage or around the campfire. His NTTC solo performances, nationally and internationally, covered the years up until the late 90’s.

1996 to 2001 saw Barry blending his two great passions, Photography and Music in the form of an Audio Visual performance. His weekly One Man ( slide ) show was entitled the “Red Centre Show“. Performed at a local Tourist Park, at the height of the tourist season, it attracted an average audience of 250 travellers enjoying the images that married with his songs.

A wedding celebration at Glen Helen


Glen Helen Homestead Lodge recently had the privilege of hosting the wedding of the hilariously creative Mick and Bernadette Cassidy. The guests were entertained by this video about the trials of getting between the ceremony venue of Ormiston Gorge and the reception venue at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge and Mick and Bernadette have given us permission to share it with you.