Glen Helen Resort

1 Namatjira Dr., Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Better described as an Outback lodge, Glen Helen Resort earns its charm from its traditional bush welcome and atmosphere. As guests relax outdoors on the back veranda they enjoy views of the stunning cliffs and riverbed immediately behind the resort. With a natural swimming hole at its back door, this accommodation in the West MacDonnell Ranges doesn't need a conventional pool as well—but it has both. You can camp under the stars, sleep in a bunkhouse room with shared facilities, or splurge on a lodge style motel room, which are quite expensive for what you actually get. Guests are often rewarded with wildlife sightings, including many bird species, rock wallabies, dingoes, and lizards. This outpost is the only place to refuel your vehicle for 130 km (62 miles) east or 270 km (168 miles) west.


  • traditional Outback Australia atmosphere
  • easy access to Larapinta Walking Trail
  • plenty of opportunities to see local fauna


  • limited amenities in motel rooms
  • rooms 10–17 are next to the generator and very noisy


Phones: 08-8956–7489


25 motel rooms, 10 bunkhouse rooms, 105 unpowered sites, 38 powered sites
Rate Includes: Some meals