Our Environment

Working closely with Northern Territory National Parks


Water is a precious resource to sustain life, especially in an arid environment. All water used at the resort is sourced from a local spring and treated on site, using the most efficient, remotely monitored, water treatment technologies. All grey water is also treated on site, allowing a wholly self-sufficient system which is off the grid.

Glen Helen Lodge is committed to water efficiency and usage throughout operations. We encourage all guests to take 3-minute showers and only request their rooms be serviced by housekeeping when required.


Wilpena Pound Resort is powered by the largest off-grid solar electricity system in Australia.

Owned and operated by AGL Energy, the $2.5 million system delivers reliable, high quality power 24-hours a day while also offering quiet, efficient and environmentally-sound power supply which is sensitive to the natural surrounds for which Wilpena is world renowned.

The hybrid power station combines multiple generation sources - 100kW solar cells convert sunlight into electrical energy, 400kW of battery storage, an inverter and three diesel generators totaling 440kW. It is controlled by a high-tech computer system.

Annually this solar component of the power station provides up to 40% of Wilpena Pound Resort’s power. During the daytime, with good sunshine, the solar cells will meet the resort’s demand. For cloudy periods, the batteries or diesel generators or both can be used to supplement the solar power.

At night, the most efficient diesel generator combination is switched on to meet the load. Also at this time, any excess solar energy stored in the batteries is used to offset the diesel consumption.

The automatic system offers unattended operation and it is remotely monitored and controlled via a modern-link. The Wilpena Solar Power Station represents the state-of-the-art in remote power technologies.

Wilpena Pound is one of South Australia’s best known landforms so it is appropriate - visually and environmentally - to use renewable energy to power the resort. By installing a solar system, the natural environment is not spoiled with power lines nor by the excavation work that would have been required to extend the grid.


Climate Change and Glen Helen Lodge

Travellers to West MacDonnell Ranges are lucky enough to enjoy nature in the pristine state mother nature intended. To ensure future generations of campers, hikers and holiday-makers can create their own memories, we need to consider potential threats to this delicate environment, including Climate Change. In the future, Climate Change will bring more hot days and warm spells with a continued increase in average temperatures across all seasons leading to harsher fire weather climates which are all likely to impact the region. That’s why it is important to do our bit through responsible tourism.

Glen Helen Lodge supports the Northern Territory Climate Change Policy 2010 - an action plan to ensure that the Territory plays a responsible part in national and international efforts to control climate change and to adapt to it. Find out more here.

While you're there, check out this Infographic to learn more about how Climate Change impacts tourism.

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Greenhouse Gass Emissions

Tourism is responsible of about 5% of global CO2 emissions. In terms of radiative forcing, tourism contributes to 4.6% of global warming. The accommodation sector accounts for approximately 20% of emissions from tourism*. This involves heating, air-conditioning and the maintenance of bars, restaurants, pools and so on. The impact of global warming and climate change can be mitigated through a coordinated effort. Wilpena Pound is committed to reducing our operating emissions in order to achieve our Vision Statement to minimise our environmental footprint.

We also encourage guests to offset their travel to the West MacDonnell Ranges to enjoy a carbon neutral holiday.

The average double cab 4x4 Ford Ranger travelling from Alice Springs to Glen Helen Lodge return produces 45kg of carbon equivalent emissions on the 250km journey. You can offset this amount for around .65 cents with Greenfleet.

You can compare your car emissions at: https://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/

* “Climate Change and Tourism: Responding to Global Challenges”, UNEP and UNWTO, 2007

Tjoritja - West MacDonnell National Park

Reserve Type: National Park (Schedule 1 Aboriginal Land Rights Act (ALRA) Title, Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act (TPWC) Act Declared)
Area: 256,622 hectares
Established: September 30, 1992

Park In Brief

Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park stretches 161km west of Alice Springs and will draw you in with its majestic beauty.

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

Cool scenic gorges are important refuges for plants and animals, many are found only here and some are relicts 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 (privately operated) and the permanent waterholes at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen.

Fire Safety

Bushfire is a natural component of the Northern Territory (NT) landscape. Bushfires NT exists to help protect life, property and the environment from bushfire.

Bushfires NT is the lead government agency for rural bushfire management in the Northern Territory. Under its jurisdiction, there are five fire management zones in the NT.

Fire Danger Rating

Know the Fire Danger Rating in your area and be aware of local conditions. The Fire Danger Rating, which is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology daily, is not a predictor of how likely a bushfire is to occur, but how dangerous it could be if it did occur. It should be used as an early indicator only.

For information on emergencies, fire danger ratings, survival plans, prevention and responsibilities, permits and bushfire information messages go to Secure NT


Always use existing fire pits and bring your own wood to conserve native timber and habitats. Collection of firewood and kidling in the National Park is not permitted. Never leave a campfire unattended - extinguish it with water (never dirt or sand) until it is cool to touch before you leave the area.

Hiking | Bushwalking

If you’re planning to go hiking or bushwalking, please let a responsible person know before you go. Tell them where you’ll be going and your expected return time. Please check in advance with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (NT) for park closures. 08 8951 8250

Also be aware that mobile phone coverage is not reliable in the National Park, particularly in remote areas and where there is steep terrain.

For information on sustainable bushwalking, downloade the Green Guide to Bushwalking.

Travel Safety

Travelling in the country during the bushfire season needs to be done with extreme caution and vigilance.

Plan to restrict or avoid unnecessary travel on days of high fire danger. Be prepared and remember that roads may be closed and access disallowed during an emergency event.

For fire safety tips and more information visit the NT Fire & Rescue Service website.