Glen Helen Gorge

Natural Attractions

Glen Helen Gorge is a great place to view the West MacDonnell Ranges, take a cool dip, and is an important refuge for local wildlife. The gorge is located 132 kilometres from Alice Springs, in the western reaches of the West MacDonnell Ranges, and is a popular overnight stop for drivers embarking on the Red Centre Way from Alice Springs.

The landscape around Glen Helen is spectacular – a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colours with the light.

At Glen Helen Gorge the ranges part to make way for the Finke River. The permanent Finke River waterhole is an important refuge in the hot summer months, for all nine species of fish recorded for the Finke, and migrating waterbirds. From here the Finke River continues and makes its way to the Simpson Desert.

The area’s traditional owners believe that this inviting swimming spot is the home of an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent, and regard it as off limits.

The medium grade one-day Section 10 of the 223-kilomtre Larapinta Trail walk ends at Glenn Helen Junction.

Facilities

Carpark Walk

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Ormiston Gorge and Pound, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Ormiston Gorge and Pound

Alice Springs

Glen Helen Gorge, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Glen Helen Gorge

Alice Springs

Entrance gate to the Original Glen Helen Homestead (No 1), generally locked and not open to the public.

Original Glen Helen Homestead No 1

Mount Zeil, MacDonnell

Nearby Accommodation

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Glen Helen Homestead Lodge view featuring Mt Sonde

Glen Helen Homestead Lodge

Alice Springs