Helicopter ride over Glen Helen, MacDonnell Ranges & Finke River

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My first helicopter experience over Glen Helen & the Finke River which is apparently the oldest river in the world!

We were lucky enough to get the chance to go on a helicopter ride!!  Our pilot was an american named Forrest...he was cool.   Our whole tour group had to wait for my Mum and I to finish the ride, but it was our tour guides who suggested it to us in the first place... we didnt even consider it till they mentioned it to us!  the ride is over a little road house literally in the middle of nowhere in the area called "Glen Helen".  When it rains heaps it floods all around and you are isolated in this teensy weensy roadhouse.  It was almost storming and a little windy so Forrest was a tad skeptical about taking us up....but he finally succumbed!  The flight was about 15 mins which seems short but it was definately long enough for me! 

The Macdonnel Ranges were right next to where we were taking off from so Forrest had to be careful as there can be massive wind drafts next to mountains, causing you to fly straight in to them.

This is "Mt. Sonda" They say it is a pregnant lady on her back. her head starts from right side, she has a big 50's style fringe, big boobs, big tummy, with her legs running to the bottom of the mountain. can YOU see it?
  thank god this didnt happen to us!  There was an incredible view of "Mt Sonda" who is referred to as the Pregnant Lady...laying on her back.  I couldnt see it at first but after i was told where to look i found it frighteningly obvious!  There was a huge clay pan near Glen Helen which sometimes fills with water but it was soo dry at the time i went there.  It is just like an enormous empty lake, or a sandpit.  The clay pans are actually quite a regular occurence around the Northern Territory so you are bound to see one somewhere.

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