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