Glen Helen Gorge

Northern Territory

Glen Helen Gorge is where the Finke River cuts through the MacDonnells. It's not quite as dramatic as nearby Ormiston Gorge, but it's all relative. Only 1km past Glen Helen is a good lookout over Mt Sonder; sunrise and sunset here are particularly impressive.

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