Second visit in 18 months and stayed for three nights in the river/gorge view rooms. The location is really special and the river view rooms are a must as the view is beautiful, especially at sunrise and sunset (you need to book early to get these). The place has just the right atmosphere for an ex station homestead. The rooms are fairly basic and somewhat eclectic, but clean, comfortable and more than adequate.
The food is a bit of an eye opener for a such a remote location. The chef turns out very good food which would stand up well in a big city restaurant, and the servings are generous. Not an extensive menu (as you would expect), but something interesting and tempting for everyone. There is also the option of a cook your own BBQ. From Thursday to Sunday, the evening meal can be finished off in the bar area with a few hours of good blues/country/jazz music from solo musicians who rotate the gig a few weeks at time.
As is to be expected, a good proportion of staff are itinerant, but on the both occasions we stayed at Glen Helen, all the staff have been terrific ; cheerful, helpful and friendly, with just the right kind of spirit, and mostly knowing what they are doing.
The owners are fonts of knowledge about the area and willingly share this with the visitors.
All in all, a top spot if you want a bit of remote hospitality with colour and atmosphere in a superb landscape.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, previously known as Glen Helen Resort is a Lodge style property with simple, compact and comfortable rooms, great scenic location with old fashioned welcome and outback atmosphere.We are renowned for great personal service, great dining in our Award Winning Restaurant and great live entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glen Helen Homestead Lodge Australia/West MacDonnell National Park