Glen Helen Homestead Lodge an outback oasis...
Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
an outback
oasis...

“An oasis in the middle of nowhere” A staff testimonial

Glen Helen: an Oasis in the middle of nowhere (October-November 2009)

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Hi! My name is Simone Natali Tanci and I spent a year in Australia with a working holiday visa.

Before leaving my country I planned my stay a little bit but once there everything changed.

What didn’t change was the desire and willing to experience the real Australian life, particularly living and working in the bush.

As everyone can do, I surf on the web trying to find some information and, why not, a place to stay; after searching for a while I found out some videos and reviews of Glen Helen Homestead Lodge and I said “That’s perfect!!” I immediately decided to send an email and in a couple of days arranged my trip.

When I landed at Alice Springs airport the atmosphere was so strange: it seemed to be in a farm and around there was nothing!! For those coming from and always living in big cities the impact with this environment might be tough at first glance but, once you get used to it, it’s hard to get back.

At the airport I met my manager and a musician (very kind persons!!) and together we head straight to the resort.

Our way to Glen Helen was simply stunning and since the beginning I enjoyed my experience because the fact that everything is different does not mean that is not good.

We drove for more than 100 km and I’ve never seen anything like that in my life, or better, I’ve just seen it on TV: red sand, dry trees, gorges, rocks and nothing else but a quiet place!

Once arrived at the resort I received a warm welcome from my colleagues and understood immediately the kind of life they live there, that has nothing to do with life in big cities.

The resort was a good place to stay, above all if you want to escape the stress, and was surrounded by a wonderful gorge; it happened several times to go there after work and have a bath. Otherwise we had a small and gorgeous swimming pool to escape the hot weather: in fact we had an average of 35, 38 degrees Celsius everyday and rain was a rare option!

Besides this negative aspect (not for me), it was such a great experience: we were like a big family; we live, work and eat together, sharing our opinions. We arranged BBQ nights many times, we enjoyed the live music drinking cool beers and good Australian wines at the bar and the dining room. Sometimes we spent evenings outside relaxing and watching stars in the sky!

The landscape around was something it’s worth seeing and allows me to do things that I’ve never done in my life like driving in the desert and flying with a helicopter. We shared the territory not with human beings but with animals and often made encounters with them, mostly birds but sometimes snakes. And I even enjoyed the sunrise and sunset, such a beautiful thing!

Concerning my job it was a multitasking position so that you can learn everything about the resort; sometimes I was at the bar, sometimes at the restaurant. And it was a nice place not only to learn but also to talk with people. It occurred many times to have long conversations with guests: actually, they were very tired, hungry and thirsty when they arrived but friendly and not stressed at all; in fact, stress could never survive in this place!

And It even occurred to meet them again in other cities! That was very funny….but not strange because I was a traveller, too.

I definitely come back to Glen Helen, should I have the possibility: you meet new friends, you make wonderful experiences but above all you enjoy your life….and if you’re a working traveller like me you could even save some money for next trip around Australia.

Glen Helen note:

Simone whose home is Rome, Italy, worked at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge October /November 2009. He was one of many travellers from Europe who visit and work in Central Australia as part of the WORKING HOLIDAY VISA programme.

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 →