At the end of the sealed Namatjira Drive, about 135 km’s from Alice Springs, lies Glen Helen Resort, a little bit of ‘desert luxury’ in the middle of the impressive West MacDonnell Ranges. If we hadn’t made several stops on our way, we could have done this drive from Alice Springs in about one hour.
Glen Helen Resort, built in 1900, is a strange mixture of an homestead, some motel like buildings and a lot of old buildings; these all surrounded by the impressive, of course red coloured, rocks of the Glen Helen Gorge on the banks of the Finke River.
We had booked a motel room, very basic but appropriate to the desert and - very important - with airco, although a little bit outmoded. Due to the heat during daytime we had only 'hot' water from the tap. All together we had a rather good sleep and next morning we were surprised by the fantastic view of the gorge in the shining sun.
Glen Helen also offers budget quarters and a campground. Restaurant Namatjira, with beautiful Aboriginal art on the walls, offers good decent ‘outback’ meals.
There are also a small swimming pool, bar/lounge, shop, petrol station and you can buy a Mereenie Loop Road permit at Glen Helen.
We paid, just for the room, AUD 126,-
Unique Quality: The location in the 'Red and Hot Centre', offering some luxury just appropriate to its setting.
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