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

Our Difference

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 Homestead Lodge 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.

fter 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

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 Homestead Lodge 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.

Our Difference
Our Difference
Our Difference
Our Difference

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 →

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 →

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 →