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

Suggested Itineraries

With so much to see in the area one night is never enough!

When planning your visit to the West MacDonnell National Park use our suggested itineraries to make sure you don’t miss any of the fantastic sites in the West MacDonnell National Park.

Whatever time of year you choose to visit, Central Australia is a dry location so a good supply of drinking water and protection from the sun is always important.

Two Days at Glen Helen

On a short visit take in the highlights nearest to Glen Helen

Day 1

After the long drive from Kings Canyon or Alice Springs check into your room or campsite then head down to the Glen Helen Gorge for a swim and some bird watching. The more adventurous can climb to the top of the ridge for an aerial view of the resort and surrounds.

Head back to the homestead for a drink on the back verandah and watch the sun go down over the ridge then move into the Namatjira Gallery Restaurant for dinner.

Day 2

With a whole day to explore make your way to Ormiston Gorge and spend an hour on the ghost gum walk where along with the great scenery you can spot visiting dingoes and rock wallabies by the waterhole.

Continue on to the Ochre Pits to explore the history of this sacred aboriginal site.

By now you will be ready for a break, drive a little further on to Ellery Creek Big Hole for a picnic lunch and a swim in the waterhole.

On the way back to Glen Helen stop into Serpentine Gorge and take the stairs to the lookout for a spectacular view over the range.

Back at the resort relax on the lawn or make yourself comfortable in the homestead lounge. Place your order for a cook your own barbeque pack then wander up the road to the Mount Sonder lookout and enjoy the spectacular colours of an outback sunset. Return to a preheated barbeque cook dinner to your liking and then relax with the sounds of our in house musicians.

A Week At Glen Helen

With a whole week to spend in the area you can see all that the West MacDonnell Ranges have to offer

Day 1

Walk to the Glen Helen Gorge. Explore your new surroundings. Swim through or climb around the waterhole and explore the Hidden Valley beyond, including the Organ Pipes and Vivians Gulch. Climb to the ridge above Glen Helen Homestead Lodge and drink in the 360 degree views.

Day 2

Drive to Ormiston Gorge, take a look at the beautiful waterhole, and choose a walk length to suit you, either 20mins, 1 hour, 3 hours. Enjoy a picnic in the Ormiston day area, then drive on to the Ochre Pits. A short easy walk brings you to a scene to transport you into the ceremonial world of the Aboriginal traditional owners, with the pits being their source of ochre for body paint. If you enjoy hiking, follow the path through the hills upward to the Inarlanga Pass(3 hours). Return to Glen Helen to relax at the bar or by the pool.

Day 3

Take Namatjira Drive 30min west of Glen Helen to Redbank Gorge. Make a day of climbing the magnificent Mt Sonder, ‘The Sleeping Lubra’ of the Arrente people. The 4th Highest Peak in the Northern Territory, the climb is well marked and not difficult, and takes 6 to 8 hours return. If it is too hot for climbing, follow the river to Redbank Gorge and swim up 6 levels of pools, taking an inner tube borrowed from Glen Helen.

Day 4

(This trip requires 4WD and can be arranged as a tour from Glen Helen if you only have 2WD) Travel West along Namatjira Drive 6km past the Redbank turnoff, for approx 35 min total from Glen Helen. Take the track to the left down the Davenport River following the sign to Roma Gorge. Travel 30-40 minutes through Station country before arriving at the carpark for Roma Gorge. Spend an hour or two marvelling at the ancient Aboriginal Petroglyphs on the rocks and the abundant bird life at the small gorge pool. Return to Namatjira Drive and travel further west to Tylers Pass Lookout, followed by Gosse Bluff Reserve. Spend an hour taking in the feeling of the ancient Comet impact crater, and the Aboriginal legends that surround it. Return to Glen Helen for a pleasant dinner and evening of entertainment.

Day 5

Travel East along Namatjira Drive to Serpentine Chalet turnoff. Drive to the gate (4WD required) and walk for a half hour to reach the old Dam, and learn some of the history of the area’s early tourism. Climb up the ridge track for some great views. Back to the car and on to Serpentine Gorge, with a marked trail and great lookout walk. Back to Glen Helen in time for a swim and drink before dinner.

Day 6

Take a picnic lunch with you today. Follow Namatjira Drive West from Glen Helen to the junction of Larapinta Drive, and travel East to Hermannsburg. Enjoy Morning Tea at the Historic Precinct, and learn of the very early settlement of the region. Take the Palm Valley track south from Hermannsburg, (4WD required) and see the changing geology and amazing ancient palms in the spectacular Valley of the Palms. Take a walk of your choice, and enjoy lunch under the rustling palms. Return to Glen Helen to enjoy your final nights celebration dinner in the Restaurant.

Day 7

Take a helicopter flight over the regions you have seen this week, Ormiston Pound, Mt Sonder, Glen Helen Gorge and the Organ Pipes. Take home precious photographic memories of your Outback adventure. Say your goodbyes to your Glen Helen friends. A last swim in the Gorge, or beer at the bar.

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 →

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 →