Glen Helen Homestead Lodge an outback oasis...
Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
an outback
oasis...

Local Attractions

Glen Helen Gorge – A short 10 minute walk takes you to the Finke River and waterhole. View The Organ Pipes through the gorge, go for a swim or climb the ridge for a magnificent view.

Ormiston Gorge – Just 12 kilometres from Glen Helen, Ormiston is the best known gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Take a short stroll to the waterhole and try spotting dingoes and rock wallabies, spend an hour on the Ghost Gum walk or with a little extra time follow the 3 to 4 hour pound walk for magnificent views.

The Ochre Pits – Stroll along the river bed and take in the history of this culturally significant site. A self guided tour can take between 10 minutes and several hours depending how far you choose to walk. The site is accessed by a sealed road and is wheelchair accessible.

Serpentine Chalet – The original tourist venture in the West MacDonnell Ranges the chalet was abandoned due to the difficulty of operating in such harsh conditions. Visitors can now see the ruins of the old chalet and dam and enjoy the abundance of flora and fauna in the area. Serpentine chalet is accessed via a gravel road and a 4WD vehicle is recommended.

Serpentine Gorge – A short drive from Serpentine Chalet the waterhole is accessed by a 1.3km walking track. From here follow the steep climb to the lookout.

Ellery Creek Big Hole – Follow the short paved track to the waterhole for a refreshing swim then take the 1.5 hour Dolomite walk to see the whole area.

Standley Chasm – Most often visited at midday to see the sunlight flood the chasm, a picture perfect site. Follow this with a climb up the valley for a view across the range.

Simpsons Gap – After a stop at the visitor centre try some wildlife spotting on the 1.5 kilometre Cassia Hill Walk. For those with a little more time to spare enjoy the beautiful sites on the 17 kilometre return Woodland Trail

Simpsons Gap – After a stop at the visitor centre try some wildlife spotting on the 1.5 kilometre Cassia Hill Walk. For those with a little more time to spare enjoy the beautiful sites on the 17 kilometre return Woodland Trail

Mt Sonder – The final section of the Larapinta Trail is a a challenging 16 kilometre uphill walk rewarded with spectacular views from the summit. Leave early to see the sunrise and avoid the heat of the day. Highly recommended for fit and experienced walkers.

Tylers Pass – Around 60 kilometres west of Glen Helen is the Tylers Pass lookout. Great for a picnic while taking in the fantastic view of Gosse Bluff and the surrounding landscape.

Gosse Bluff – Thought to be an impact crater caused by a comet around 140 million years ago. Drive into the crater and follow a short informative walking track.

Palm Valley – Located in the Finke Gorge National Park, Palm Valley is a rewarding full day trip from Glen Helen. Follow the dirt track into the day use area then embark on one of several walks taking between 45 minutes and 2 hours.

With such an abundance of attractions surrounding the Glen Helen Homestead Lodge this list only begins to scratch the surface. See our friendly staff for maps and more suggestions of amazing places to visit in the West MacDonnell National Park

Testimonial3

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were amazed to find a terrific restaurant here and had a fabulous meal which would be worth driving out from Alice for, even if you weren’t staying over. Thoroughly recommended. PS Please ask the tour bus operators not to de-stone their dual wheels in front of the bowser!

A friendly oasis

2015-05-22T10:49:48+00:00

A friendly oasis

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were View Full →

Testimonia2

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the rooms small and cozy, but very clean and the staff were really friendly and kind. The evening meal was superb, the music in the evening was very fitting and could be enjoyed outside on the patio as well. The sandwiches we got the next day to take with us were the best sandwiches we had all trip. All in all avery simple but very nice and authentic resort.

Authentic Outback

2015-05-12T10:07:21+00:00

Authentic Outback

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the View Full →

Testimonial4

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the Ormiston Gorge Helicopter flight, just jaw droppingly beautiful – I think the pilot thought our microphones weren’t working, when in fact we were just speechless!

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

2015-05-22T10:50:57+00:00

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the View Full →

Testimonial1

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live music in the evening, a toy box in the reception area for children, old books and magazines and after days of eating over priced chewy pizzas the restaurant was like arriving in heaven! Proof that you can have nice food in a remote location – we were looking forward to dinner every night and enjoyed kangaroo, camel sausages and crocodile spring rolls matched with great Aussie wines. It was the one place we would have loved to have stayed longer – the images speak for themselves. Will be back for sure.

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

2015-05-12T10:06:47+00:00

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live View Full →