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Glen Helen Gorge

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.

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. This permanent waterhole is an important refuge in the hot summer months, for all nine species of fish recorded for the Finke, as well as migrating waterbirds. From here the Finke River makes its way on 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 kilometre Larapinta Trail walk ends at Glen Helen Junction.

Glen Helen Gorge can be accessed via the service road via a 10-15 minute walk into the Gorge. Please follow all directional signage on arrival.

Glen Helen Lodge is CLOSED until further notice. Glen Helen Gorge cannot be accessed via the Lodge

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