Serpentine Chalet Dam

National Parks and Reserves

Serpentine Chalet Dam is part of the ruins of an early tourism venture that was built in the remote West MacDonnell Ranges. It is a refuge to rare and protected plants and wildlife, and the Trailhead for Sections 8 and 9 of the 231 kilometre Larapinta Trail walk.

As you walk into Serpentine Chalet Dam from Counts Point (Section 8), you come to a stand of bushes and trees that are more varied than those in the nearby dolomite hills. This diversity is due to the shelter from fires given by the creek bed, trees and cliff, the better soil and water supply.

The diversity of plants means that at least one species is flowering most of the time, giving nectar-eating animals a food supply and shelter. This is one of a few sites where the Common Brushtail Possum is found in Central Australia.

Access to Serpentine Chalet is via four-wheel drive only. There is no vehicle access to Serpentine Chalet Dam – only to the bush camp, chalet ruins and the gate.

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

Original Glen Helen Homestead

Mount Zeil, MacDonnell

A couple looking through Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge

Alice Springs

Serpentine Gorge, Alice Springs Area, Northern Territory, Australia

Serpentine Gorge

Alice Springs

Serpentine Chalet Dam, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Serpentine Chalet Dam

Mount Zeil, MacDonnell

Serpentine Gorge, Alice Springs Area, Northern Territory, Australia

Serpentine Chalet Bush Camping area

Alice Springs

Reflections in the water at Glen Helen f

Glen Helen Gorge

Alice Springs

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