Set against a stunning outback vista of towering red cliffs, the
permanent waterhole at Glen Helen Gorge is home to many species of
animals, including a variety of water birds and fish. Glen Helen
provides a perfect base from which to explore the West Macs
region. For the traditional owners of the land though, this
inviting swimming spot is off limits. They believe it is the home of an
ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent.
The landscape around Glen Helen is as spectacular as you will find
anywhere with a towering sandstone wall greeting you as you arrive. The
area includes views of the much-painted Mount Sonder, which is one
of the highest points in Central Australia, changing colours
dramatically throughout the day.
Glen Helen Lodge
Glen Helen was formally a cattle station but is now a tourist
resort that caters to visitors that want to truly immerse themselves in
the West Macs. Part of the former Glen Helen Station still exists, west
of Redbank Gorge. Perched above the Finke River 130 km’s
west of Alice Springs in the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges, Glen
Helen Resort 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 a red centre holiday.