Glen Helen - Places to Visit - The West Macs

The West MacDonnell Ranges part briefly at Glen Helen Gorge, to make way for the mighty Finke River. Glen Helen was named by early explorer Ernest Giles and for many years the Finke River was the transport route for all of the early European pioneers coming up from down south. Originally operating as a cattle station, Glen Helen is now the location of a resort that caters to visitors that want to truly immerse themselves in the West Macs. The permanent waterhole at Glen Helen Gorge is home to many species of animals, including water birds and fish. 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.

Glen Helen, Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park

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.

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.


Key features:

  • The Glen Helen Resort
  • Towering sandstone cliffs
  • Permanent waterhole for swimming 
  • Abundant bird and plant life.
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