The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges known as the MacDonnells Ranges have major tourist icon places of interest within approximatley 100 kilometres  of Alice Springs on sealed roads then narrowing down to recognised 4WD offroad dirt unsealed tracks from then on. Western MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Orche Pits, Glen Hellen Gorge, Orminston Gorge,Ellery Creek Big Hole, Mt Sonder, Mereenie Loop and on the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Trephina Gap, Corroboree, N'Dhalla Aboriginal Rock Art, Ross River Resort in Northern Territory Australia
The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges are known as the MacDonnells Ranges with the centre point commonly known as Heritage Gap at the commencement of Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia
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Glen Helen Gorge

The West MacDonnell Ranges part briefly at Glen Helen Gorge, to make way for the Finke River. The ranges are of pacoota sandstone and form steep, broken ridges and it is here that the permanent Finke River waterhole is an important refuge in the hot summer months.

It provides shelter for all nine species of fish recorded for the Finke and is an important stopover for waterbirds migrating along its course. The Finke River continues and makes its way to the Simpson Desert. Glen Helen Gorge is a great place to view the ranges and nearby Glen Helen Resort offers accommodation and meals.

Glen Helen Gorge

Nearby Mt Sonder

Mt Sonder  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory TourismThe ranges dominate the southern view and it is possible to climb to vantage points on the face to get photographs across the river and chalet to Mount Sonder.

 

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Glen Helen Gorge and Glen Helen Resort

139 kilometres west of Alice Springs via Namatjira Drive Alice Springs. Glen Helen is surrounded by the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, and is a destination in its own right, with easy day trip access to the whole West MacDonnell National Park, including Palm Valley, Hermannsburg, Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge and Mt Sonder. A one night stay is never enough.

Red Centre Way

Glen Helen is now part of the Mereenie Loop which in fact is now known as 'The Red Centre Way'. From Alice Springs travellers leisurely drive to Glen Helen, sidetracking from Larapinta or Namatjira onto the Mereenie Loop and into Herrmansburg and Palm Valley (see our map below), then one would travel onto Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National park, Then onto Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) , and back to Alice Springs via the Lasseter and left onto Stuart Highway stopping at Stuarts Well. A spectacular round trip of well over 1350km with all the side trips. RAB

Glen Helen Gorge - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Mereenie Loop Road  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism

Glen Helen Resort

Situated at the Western end of the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, Glen Helen Resort is the climax to an adventurous and colourful drive, a little over an hour from Alice Springs.

Glen Helen is surrounded by the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, and is a destination in its own right, with day trip access to the whole West MacDonnell National Park, including Palm Valley, Hermannsburg, Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge and Mt Sonder. A one night stay is never enough.

Glen Helen Resort - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism

Glen Helen Resort

Our specialty is good old fashioned Australian hospitality, and you can look forward to a warm welcome. The Glen Helen Homestead captures the authentic Outback style. This restored and enlarged Station Homestead has a charming atmosphere, with photos of the surrounding natural features and memorabilia of the early years of the business.

The configurations offered are either queen and single bed or queen and double bunks, enabling up to 4 persons per room. All rooms offer close access to lovely views of the Glen Helen Gorge.

Glen Helen Resort  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism

The motel surrounds an inviting swimming pool, and is also less than 10 minutes walk from the stunning Glen Helen Gorge Water Hole, which has water in it year round and is superb and safe for swimming.

Guests are often rewarded with sightings of wildlife including many bird species, rock wallabies, dingoes, lizards, and hosts Colin and Shelagh can help with many identifications.

Glen Helen Gorge  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism

Glen Helen was named after Helen Grant, the niece of Alexander Grant, who took up the first lease of Glen Helen Station, the property on which the gorge was located.

History

The present resort/chalet as it is known by has had a few owners across the years and nestles beside the Finke River where it has cut the gorge through the ranges. A favoured spot by Alice Springs residents for a weekend getaway and business retreat.

Glen Helen has the facilities litsed below.

Property facilities include:
Namatjira Restaurant and Gallery
Bar and outdoor beer garden
Outdoor BBQ areas
Guest laundry and ironing facilities
Fuel available 24 hours
Camping necessities
Camp kitchen facilites
Natural swimming hole
Powered and unpowered campsites
Swimming pool
Local tour and walking information desk
Entertainment (5 nights per week)
4WD Tours and Transfers
Helicopter Flight
Nature tours available


Motel Rooms feature:
Airconditioning
Double, Twin, Triple or Quad Rooms
Private Ensuite Refrigerator
All include spectacular scenery!

Glen Helen Resort,
Namatjira Drive, West MacDonnell Ranges,
via Alice Springs NT 0870 Australia
Phone: +61 8 8956 7489
Fax: + 61 8 8956 7495

Glen Helen  - Courtesy of the PJB collection to the West MacDonnell ranges from Alice Springs in  Central Australia visit.
Glen Helen  - Courtesy of the PJB collection to the West MacDonnell ranges from Alice Springs in  Central Australia visit.
Glen Helen  - Courtesy of the PJB collection to the West MacDonnell ranges from Alice Springs in  Central Australia visit.

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West MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
Larapinta Trail Glen Helen Gorge Glen Helen Lodge accommodation Ellery Creek Big Hole Ochre Pits Ormiston Gorge Redbank Gorge Waterhole Roma Gorge Serpentine Chalet Serpentine Gorge Simpsons Gap Standley Chasm Honeymoon Gap Palm Valley

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East MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
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