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

Local Wildlife

Wildlife and Nature around Glen Helen

The immediate surrounds of Glen Helen Homestead Lodge abound with bird, reptile, fish and plant life, with a good opportunity to spot Black Flanked Rock Wallabies and Dingoes.

It is possible to observe the natural balance of life operating around us at Glen Helen, as we see the food chain operating from tiny insects to birds of prey.

The Finke river is home to 12 species of fascinating native fresh water fish, including the Desert Rainbow fish, Spangled and Striped Grunter and Bony Bream. For centuries Aboriginal Australians have fished in these waters , and relied on them as the waterholes are permanent. The fish are protected species now of course, but Aboriginals are still permitted to fish using traditional methods.

Where there is an abundance of fish, there will be birds, and hundreds of birds in large flocks can often be seen feasting on the fish, which are far more numerous in the few years following flooding rains. Cormorants are common, including Black and Pied, and Little Black and Little Pied. Intermediate and great Egrets are often seen, as well as Rufous Night Herons, White necked and White Faced Herons and Darters.

Many small waterbirds abound also including various ducks, and waders such as Inland Dotterels and Purple Swamp Hens, Coots, Native hens, and various Crakes and Rails.

The insect life of our region is astonishing, and literally hundreds of species are found at different times of year, sometimes in extraordinary numbers-Grasshoppers, moths, cicadas, beetles of numerous kinds frequently hatch and arrive to determinedly try to enter all the buildings at times!!

When rain is around many frogs appear, seemingly out of nowhere, as they have amazing strategies to live suspended in the mud until it rains, then pop up ready to mate and lay eggs within hours of soaking rain. Their calls are amazing and varied.

There are many lizard and snake species found in our area, most are not found at all in the cooler months, and appear as soon as the weather warms up. Geckos, Skinks, Dragons and Monitors, legless lizards, Pythons and brown snakes and a large number of small species can be found and care needs to be taken at night when they are active in the warm months

The Plants of this region are incredibly diverse, with amazing adaptations to tolerate the often very harsh conditions in this arid region. Many species have very deep roots to access underground water below, and some seem dead until rain and then they spring to life. After years of drought a big rain can bring on a profusion of flowers, but this is by no means an annual phenomenon. Some years the grasses out-compete the flower plants. Many woody plants have spectacular flowers pollinated by local birds and insects, which can be very short lived.

The Aboriginal Custodians of this region have lived as an integral part of the ecosystem, understanding seasons and knowing where to find edible plants, and animal foods when most Europeans would miss them altogether. We have a lot to learn from these amazingly adapted tribal people, many of whose traditional knowledge is in danger of disappearing.

Colin and Shelagh are passionate about the natural environment, and will offer any assistance they can to visitors trying to appreciate and understand the local fauna and flora.


Outback Adventures

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 →

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 →

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 →