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Glen Helen tours from Alice Springs and return
to the West MacDonnell ranges in Australia

Sightseeing day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia. The West Mac's are a mighty mountain range - their majesty takes most people by surprise. We travel along them all day - stopping at beautiful gorges and waterholes as we go. In the warmer months make sure you put your bathers in to enjoy a refreshing swim at Ormiston Gorge or Ellery Creek Bighole and see Glen Helen.

Ormiston Gorge tours from Alice Springs and return to the Western MacDonnell ranges in Australia.

See details here for a one day tour from Alice Springs and return to the West MacDonnells

See http://www.macdonnellranges.com/

.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.

Nearby Mt Sonder

The 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.

How To Get There

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 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 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!

Fitness Level:
Level 2 fitness  ©

Walks Cat 1.5: Day tours to Glen Helen Gorge are smaller hikes than the lenghty trek along the Larapinta trail.

Hikes up to 2-4 kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring.

Bring:

Booked and paid E-Ticket, Suggested: strong and comfortable non-slip walking shoes, hat & sunscreen, water bottle, camera & film.

What To Bring Dress in the Northern Territory is casual and comfortable. Winter nights (May to August) can be cold, so bring warm clothing. Days are sunny and warm.

Highlights: West MacDonnell Ranges highlishts include:
Simpsons Gap - Simpsons Gap travel information
Standley Chasm - Stanley Chasm travel information
Ochre Pits - Ochre Pits travel information
Ormiston Gorge - Ormiston Gorge travel information
Glen Helen and Glen Helen Gorge - Glen Helen travel information
Ellery Creek Big Hole - Ellery Creek Big Hole travel information
Glen Helen Gorge
Glen Helen Gorge - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Glen Helen Resort - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Glen Helen Gorge  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
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.
Mereenie Loop Road  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Mt Sonder  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Macdonnell Ranges map | travel guide |tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
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