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An Oasis in the Desert

Perched above the Finke River 130 km’s west of Alice Springs in the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges, Glen Helen Homestead Lodge offers an authentic outback holiday experience.  With a range of accommodation options including en suite motel rooms, bunkhouse beds, fixed tents and powered and unpowered campsites Glen Helen Resort is an ideal stop on your red center holiday.

A destination in its own right, Glen Helen boasts easy day trip access to the whole West MacDonnell National Park including Palm Valley, Hermansburg, Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge and the internationally renowned Larapinta Trail.  Prefer a laid back view and a little local knowledge, why not join one of our outback four wheel drive tours?

Enjoy a cold beer at the bar before dining in the Namatjira Gallery Restaurant or cook your own barbeque while enjoying the sunset over the stunning cliffs of the Glen Helen Gorge.

In winter relax in front of a cosy fireplace and in summer laze by the swimming pool or one of the many natural waterholes.

Scenic helicopter flights offer a birds eye view of the area and a short walk is often rewarded with sightings of our local wildlife including many bird species, rock wallabies, dingoes, lizards and an array of wildflowers.

After dark enjoy the sounds of our talented in house musicians playing in the homestead 5 nights a week April through November or enjoy the fantastic star gazing opportunities offered by the low light of the Northern Territory outback.

After your stay at Glen Helen, travel on southwest along the Mereenie Loop Road and visit the spectacular Kings Canyon and Australia’s iconic rock – Uluru.

Meet your managers

Your managers at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge are Colin and Shelagh O’Brien.

Colin and Shelagh purchased the leasehold business for Glen Helen Resort in 2006, and have now been in the job for over 6 years

Both are very hands on, and present at the Resort all year, apart from the odd holiday or business trip.

Colin and Shelagh met at Latrobe University in Melbourne in 1975, and both were studying Biological Science. They met through the Latrobe Mountaineering Club with a common interest in everything Outdoors, including Kayaking, Bushwalking and Skiing.

Environmental and Ecological issues have always been a big focus for them both, and this continues to this day. They will tell you that an education in Biology is one of the best preparations for a life of observing and enjoying the natural world around us that is possible.

Both continue to have a keen interest and growing knowledge of the Plants and Animals of the Outback, with Shelagh having an excellent knowledge of local plants and Colin specialising in Birds and Reptiles as well as geology.

Hotel Management was new to Colin and Shelagh when they purchased the Glen Helen Lease. They have grown in knowledge and expertise, with lots of support from the local and state-wide Tourism industry

Before arriving at Glen Helen, Colin and Shelagh had run a farm on King Island, a Building maintenance Business, Home schooled three children, now grown, and worked in numerous other positions including secondary teaching, Kelp harvesting, Foster care, and Vineyard establishment!

Colin and Shelagh believe in having a strong management presence in the business, interacting directly with as many travellers as possible, and making their guests feel at home.

We hope to meet you all when you come and visit our little piece of Paradise.