Glen Helen Gorge
Glen Helen Gorge
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Michelle M
Sydney, Australia198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Take the Glen Helen discovery park turn off and park on the side of the road. There is an entry which has a sign saying alternative walk to Glen Helen Gorge. The path varies from sandy to rocky but easy enough to walk. The first part of the gorge you come to is shallow and amongst reeds. If you swim further around the water becomes deeper and it opens up into a lovely gorge. Water is very cold so a noodle or lie low is recommended. The water is so clear you can see the fish swimming underneath you. Little or no shade along the path or once at the water.
Written 5 October 2023
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Garry B
Buderim, Australia139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Easy access Gorge from Glen Helen Resort but cannot walk the gorge without wading through the grassy water.
Glen Helen Resort is very dated now but provides a lovely cool deck for drinks and food. Enjoyed the refreshing pool but the food menu was limited and basic.
Written 6 April 2023
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RobP
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Just wanted to give a recent update. We read that although Glen Helen Hotel was closed due to Discovery Parks redeveloping the privately owned site into a tourist park, access was still available to the public's waterhole and gorge. As we'd been to Ormiston Gorge, we drove the extra 15 minutes further to see Glen Helen Gorge. What a waste of time. When you get there, the access road is closed just a couple of vehicle lengths from the road. Could not see any activity and there were no signs providing information to the Gorge except Private Property - No Access. Also nothing to indicate how to access the waterhole. Pieces of paper were taped to the gate. We drove closer and saw an A4 sheet which said in small type, "waterhole access to the left". It was a narrow, overgrown walking track a bit over one person wide. There was no sign advising the length of walk to the waterhole. No trees. No shade. And overgrown as mentioned. Remembering you used to have to drive to the hotel and then walk further from there, we decided against tackling the unknown. Okay. So Discovery Parks has had building delays like everyone else. But their complete lack of effort to provide good alternate access to the waterhole should be condemned. And also, the information about Glen Helen - even on Trip Adviser (not the reviews) and the government websites - needs serious updating. They suggest you can get to the gorge. Not so. Not worth the unknown risk in our view.
Written 19 April 2022
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Belinda E
Brisbane, Australia457 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Least favourite of all the gorges. It was a rocky walk in with lots of high grass. My husband went in for a quick dip but it didn't really look appetising to myself or our teenagers. We had maps that were given to us at Kings Canyon Resort which clearly marked Glen Helen as having fuel but THERE IS NO FUEL. This really really needs to be updated on the tourist maps as a matter of urgency. It's quite dangerous out here.
Written 1 December 2021
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caddyandbellA
Perth, Australia4,679 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
We stayed at Kings Canyon Resort and grabbed the maps there deciding to stay at Glen Helen.Drove the long way around to get there only to find it was closed and fenced off with construction.No caravan park,no fuel and you had to walk along the construction road to get in there.We were told by other people that it wasnt worth the walk and pretty disappoining.My main concern was that there was no fuel or a camp spot to stay in.Luckily we just drove on to Redbank which was the last spot to camp before having to do the loop road around to Hermansberg which Im glad we didnt do
Written 5 August 2021
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TravellingQldlanders
Morayfield, Australia907 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This was a disappointment. The Lodge is closed and there is a large sign that says closed until further notice, there is however an alternate park provided by National Parks. It is partly down a riverbed with lose rocks. Once you get to the end of the path there are reeds that stopped us from going further so you don’t get a good look at the gorge. I wouldn’t recommend the effort, spend more time at Ormiston or Ellery.
Written 17 May 2021
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Janine P
Red Deer, Canada2,537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
There is a new interpretive area and toilets before you set out to the gorge. Easy walk down over gravel and sand, and through high grass before coming out to the gorge. Maybe 10 minute walk. If you are willing, walk through the water for 15 min and you will see nature’s pipes. Creek side walk is beautiful as well.
Written 7 January 2020
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,263 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Couples
Located adjacent to Glen Helen Resort and only a short 200m walk from there, the Gorge is a very pretty spot and the end of the walk track gives lovely views up the gorge to where the waterhole expands significantly.

Plenty of birdlife about: a number of eagles were soaring overhead when we visited.

Easy to access, well worth a visit.
Written 29 November 2019
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Marksies
Katherine, Australia295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The water level is so much lower than in my last visit, but still clear and cool and swimable. Such a pretty spot, and walk to water is a sandy track much more defined and direct. No shade at waterside, so be prepared. don't pollute water with sunscreen and repellants. Glen Helen Lodge is fantastic and facilities can provide food and drink and accomodation.
Written 15 November 2019
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Ciskawati
63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
It might be a beautiful place when there was water in that area but when we were there there weren’t water like it used to be very sad the beautiful nature slowly disappeared. Thanks
Written 11 November 2019
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