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About the Location

Discovery Parks - Glen Helen is located in the Tjoritja-West MacDonnell National Park, Central Australia (132km west of Alice Springs). It is accessible by sealed roads from Alice Spring.

Tjoritja-West MacDonnell National Park stretches 161km west of Alice Springs and will immediately draw you in with its majestic beauty. This vast and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges is an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic elements.

Known as Tjoritja by the Traditional Owners, the continuation of cultural practices and a connection to the land is highly significant for local Aranda or Arrernte Aboriginal culture. 

Tjoritja is home to several species of flora and fauna, some of which are still used in traditional, cultural practices. Cool scenic gorges are important refuges for plants and animals, many are found only here, and some are relics of a bygone era of tropical forests.

Some of the sites you shouldn't miss on a journey here include Simpsons Gap, Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye (privately owned and operated by the Iwupataka Land Trust) and the permanent waterholes at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.

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