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

Glen Helen Gold Plate Award winner for the second year in a row

This time last year I had the pleasure of announcing that Glen Helen Homestead Lodge had won 2 golden plate awards and I am once again to announce that we have taken out the award for a second year running.

See below the news article and photograph of our head chef Mark Jones, courtesy of Barry Skipsey

“The Outback Resort wins another Gold Gong”
Picture & Words by: Barry Skipsey

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Nestled amongst the iconic Western Mac Donnell Ranges, you’ll find the award winning Namatjira Gallery Restaurant. Head Chef and proud recipient of another Gold Plate Award, Mark Jones is over the moon.

“Glen Helen Homestead Lodge has just won another Gold Plate for the Best Wayside Inn Dining”, he proudly announces.

Business members of the Australian Hotel Association are invited to enter the National, but State run awards. However, from there on, all assessment details are a closely guarded secret.

“There’s a six week judging period and they can come at anytime”, Mark said. “We have no idea who they are, when they came or what they ate”?

Busy promoting their business in China as part of an NT Tourism Trade Delegation, Resort Operators, Colin and Shelagh O’Brien asked Mark to attend the recent Gala night held in Darwin.

“Given that we picked up two awards last year, I was pretty relieved when my name was called out. I was feeling a little under pressure”, Mark said. “ The Judges say they weigh heavily on the food, but it’s also about the staff, the service and the ambiance”.

The restaurants popularity has steadily grown over the past fives years and the recent awards are a welcome testimony to the work put in by the small, dedicated team.

“It’s very reaffirming to know that last year wasn’t just a flash in the pan”,

Shelagh said. “And it’s really good that we’ve now won across three separate categories”.

Hearing of a job going in Central Australia on the cooking industry grape vine, Mark came over from Perth for a month long trial. “That was three years ago”, he said,

“I love it out here. Colin and Shelagh are very easy to work for and I get to walk to work and have three months holiday a year”.

Asked if he had a favorite signature dish? the outback chef replied, “Well we get big wraps on our Pork Belly and our International guests love the kangaroo”.

Conscious that locals vote with their feet and in the case of Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, drive some distance for the overnight dining experience, the outback restaurateurs won’t be resting on their laurels. Indeed, they have significant innovations planned for their menu and Mark is a man on a mission.

“We were in two categories again this year. They read out a big list of nominees for the Best Informal Dining”, he said. “We made the top three, but didn’t get the gong. So I’m pretty keen to win that one back again next year.”

Barry Skipsey

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 →

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 →