Glen Helen Homestead Lodge an outback oasis...
Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
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A working holiday at Glen Helen – the real experience

Glen Helen Homestead Lodge has always attracted staff from around the world, and with so much to offer who wouldn’t want to spend a few months working in paradise?

One of our staff members has shared her experience, in her own words, after working at Glen Helen in 2013, maybe it will inspire other workers and visitors to travel into the red centre.

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WORKING HOLIDAY IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

SOIZIC GAY

Paris, France

My experience working at Glen Helen was one of the most rewarding and exceptionnelle along my year spending in Australia!

I’ve been working in the resort during Chrismas and New Year Eve, what can be more atypique and memorable to be in the middle of the Red Desert during this time!

Our team of workers was very mixte, people from all around the world and Australia joined together to learn and offer the best quality of service. Our managers Sheilagh and Colin are the most respectables people to take this challenge to run this hotel and train their team always with the same dynamic, motivation and patience !

Everybody working in this surrounding feels inspired, disciplined and energised!

By working at Glen Heln, I could have learn a lot about myself and my professionnal skills.

Being the only french employee was quite nice when the french guests checked in, it was always a pleasure to speak in my nativ language!

I learnt the diversity of the different hospitality job ( reception, bar, restaurant), I discovered all the different aspects of those fonctions, and now I can confirm my capacity for exercing each of them!

My first weeks working have been the most challenging, when everything need to be learnt, when I gained confidence and made a lot of progess with english language!

Be a member of G.H. it’s make proof of initiativ, be volonteer and have a sense of humour too!

It was a pleasure each time to receive and serve the customers, talking about me and sharing our experience of travelling in this area. The homestead exudes a warmy atmoshere, specially chating and metting people , from locals to foreigners around some beers and some music.

The restaurant was also a cosy place to work, and a delight for the customers to discover the bush tradionnal food in the menu ( for the meat lovers) kangoroos, emus, camels and crocodiles.

To relax, and cool down , the Glen Helen gorges arehere for a safe swimm between the two red cliffs. There is also a lovely swimming pool with a breathtaking view near the rooms. For more adventures, go foor a walk discovering the wildlife of the area or go for an helicopter ride which will reveal to you another dimension of the West Mc donnell Ranges !

Working in Glen Helen made my dream come true, I’ve seen Uluru and dicover the arboriginal culture and history. Also Kings canyon , the Olgas, Palm Valley and the historic village of Hermannsburg are the places to see !

he Red Desert is terrific and his spectacular landscape changes along the day with the light of the sun. This area is unique and Glen Helen Homestead Lodge is definitly the place to stay for a simple, relax but always friendly atmoshpere and living your outback experience!

Soizic worked at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge from Mid November 2009 to the end of January 2010

Mon expérience en travaillant à Glen Helen Homestead Lodge a été l’une des plus enrichissante et exceptionnelle durant mon année passée en Australie !

J’ai travaillé dans cet hôtel pendant la période de Noël et jour de l’an, quoi de plus atypique et mémorable de se retrouver au milieu du désert rouge australien à cette période !

Notre équipe de travail était très variée, des gens de du monde entier et d’Australie réunis pour apprendre et offrir la meilleure qualité de service. Nos managers, Sheilagh and Colin ont monté ce challenge avec brio, on leur doit le respect ! A tout moment ils forment leur équipe avec motivation et patience.

Tous ceux qui travaillent dans ce cadre se sentent impliqués, disciplinés et pleins d’énergies !

Travailler à Glen Helen, m’a permis d’apprendre énormément sur moi-même et mes compétences professionnelles. Le fait d’être aussi la seule employée française a été plutôt agréable lors de l’accueil de nos clients français à la réception, toujours un plaisir de pouvoir communiquer dans sa langue natale !

Travailler à Glen Helen vous apprend une polyvalence de métiers de l’hôtellerie, (réception, bar et restaurant, j’ai découvert toutes les facettes de ces postes et peux aujourd’hui affirmer mes capacités de pouvoir exercer chacun d’entre eux.

Les premières semaines ont été les plus stimulantes, où il faut tout apprendre en même temps mais aussi prendre de l’assurance et faire des progrès considérables avec la langue anglaise !

Etre membre de l’équipe de travail à Glen Helen c’est faire preuve d’initiative, de volonté et aussi d’humour J

C’est toujours avec plaisir que j’ai accueilli et servi les clients, et aimé parler de mon expérience de voyage dans cette région. La salle d’accueil et le bar, dégage une ambiance chaleureuse, où l’on rencontre et discute avec la clientèle, des locaux ou touristes étrangers, tout cela autour d’une bière accompagnée de musique.

La salle du restaurant est tout aussi confortable et agréable ! Un délice pour les clients qui y découvrent la cuisine traditionnelle du « bush ». Pour les amoureux de viandes, steak de kangourous ou encore émeus, chameaux et crocodiles sont sur le menu !

Pour se détendre et se rafraichir, les gorges de Glen Helen vous garantissent une baignade sans danger entre deux magnifiques falaises !

L’hôtel possède également une charmante piscine près des chambres avec une vue imprenable !

Pour plus d’aventures, partez en ballade découvrir la faune et la flore de cette région ou offrez vous un tour d’hélicoptère qui vous révèlera une autre dimension des montagnes Mc Donald et du désert !

Le fait d’avoir travailler à G.H a aussi rendu mon rêve réalité, J’ai pu voir Uluru et y découvrir son histoire et sa culture aborigène. Kings Canyon, les Olgas, Palm Valley, le village historique d’Hermmansburg sont aussi des lieux à ne pas manquer !

Le désert australien est sensationnel, son paysage spectaculaire. Celui-ci change au long de la journée avec la lumière du soleil. Cette région est unique et GH Homestead Lodge est définitivement l’endroit où votre séjour reflètera la simplicité et la détente, mais toujours dans une ambiance accueillante ! Vivre à Glen Helen c’est vivre une réelle expérience de l »out back »

Testimonial3

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were amazed to find a terrific restaurant here and had a fabulous meal which would be worth driving out from Alice for, even if you weren’t staying over. Thoroughly recommended. PS Please ask the tour bus operators not to de-stone their dual wheels in front of the bowser!

A friendly oasis

2015-05-22T10:49:48+00:00

A friendly oasis

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were View Full →

Testimonial1

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live music in the evening, a toy box in the reception area for children, old books and magazines and after days of eating over priced chewy pizzas the restaurant was like arriving in heaven! Proof that you can have nice food in a remote location – we were looking forward to dinner every night and enjoyed kangaroo, camel sausages and crocodile spring rolls matched with great Aussie wines. It was the one place we would have loved to have stayed longer – the images speak for themselves. Will be back for sure.

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

2015-05-12T10:06:47+00:00

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live View Full →

Testimonial4

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the Ormiston Gorge Helicopter flight, just jaw droppingly beautiful – I think the pilot thought our microphones weren’t working, when in fact we were just speechless!

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

2015-05-22T10:50:57+00:00

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the View Full →

Testimonia2

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the rooms small and cozy, but very clean and the staff were really friendly and kind. The evening meal was superb, the music in the evening was very fitting and could be enjoyed outside on the patio as well. The sandwiches we got the next day to take with us were the best sandwiches we had all trip. All in all avery simple but very nice and authentic resort.

Authentic Outback

2015-05-12T10:07:21+00:00

Authentic Outback

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the View Full →