Accommodation and Travel

The Redback offers the EASIEST RACE LOGISTICS of all MTB Stage Events in Australia!

  • Stay in the ONE location for the event’s duration
  • Roll to the start/finish line of each stage – NO support crew or transfer cars needed!
  • Airport transfers booked for you and your bike through the online entry system – easy!

EXPERIENCE THE NORTHERN TERRITORY – come and race the Redback!

Quick links to info below:


We have appointed Mercure Alice Springs as the designated event hotel for the 2023 Redback but you can stay anywhere in Alice Springs are be close to the action.

Mercure Alice Springs Resort (Official Event Hotel Of 2023)

TO BOOK: CLICK HERE to receive the special competitor rate of 30% off!

Nestled on the banks of the famous Todd River only a 5-minute walk from the town center, The Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines friendly and efficient outback service with modern, comfortable facilities in 4.5-star surrounds.

This is where the Rapid Ascent crew will be staying and is the location of the rage registration, competitor briefing and selected functions.

Email: [email protected]
or call 08 8951 4545 to book

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Winners of 2018’s prestigious NT Tourism Brolga awards for best Deluxe accommodation, this 4.5 star resort is set amongst the stunning MacDonnell Ranges and adjoins the Alice Springs Convention Centre. All rooms and suites boast complimentary internet and a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views.

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs

DoubleTree by Hilton offers newly renovated rooms with balconies and garden or mountain views over the MacDonnell Ranges. The hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness center, two tennis courts, heated outdoor pool overlooking the lush garden landscape.

Telephone: 08 8950 8000 ( 1-855-610-TREE)
Location: 82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs.

Other Accommodation Options nearby…


Rapid Ascent will charter buses and trailers to collect you and your bike from the airport and drop you at a variety of hotels in Alice Springs on Thursday 17th August. We’ll reverse the joruney and take yo uback to the airport on Tuesday 22nd August for departures. Riders can book onto our airport shuttle when bookings open in mid July 2023. If you are arriving on a different date you will need to make your own airport transfer arrangements – options are listed here.


Getting to Alice Springs does not have to be hard nor expensive. Qantas offer up some great specials from selected Australian capital cities so keep an eye out for deals (and then tell all your mates and tell us so we can share it with others as well!)

Flights to Alice Springs often fluctuate from week to week, and it is not at all uncommon to pick up flights for around $200-$250 or less each way with Qantas from most capital cities if you keep a look out.

Virgin Australia also offers flights to Alice Springs from Darwin and Adelaide:

REMEMBER, ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT IS NOT NEAR ULURU / AYERS ROCK. Uluru airport is about 4 hours south of Alice Springs, so don’t be a nufty and book the wrong location… yes this has happened on more than one occasion!

Other things to see and do

Central Australia is an incredibly scenic and inspiring place with a massive range of things to see and do both near and far from Alice Springs.

There are numerous tourist attractions and activities that be may be completed during the race week itself if you want to bundle into a car or catch a tour to sites like Simpsons Gap or the Alice Springs Desert Park. Or there are obviously even more that are further a field that we’d encourage you to book an extra night or two before or after racing.

• Hot Air Balloooning (from $335)
• Indigenous experiences and education sessions
• Outdoor Activities (such as camping, scenic flights, fishing) 
• Alice Springs (guided tours)  
• Larapinta Trail (Hiking) 
• Uluru, Yulara & Kata Tjuta (guided tours)  
• Self-Drive Tours  

The best place to make an enquiry, book a tour or plan out what else is around town is Tourism Central Australia who have partnered with us to help make the event a complete experience for everyone. They can book just about anything including accommodation and are a great resource for anyone visiting the area.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 1800 645 199 or 08 8952 5800

Henley on Todd Regatta

Saturday 19th August 2023

Also taking place during the 2023 Redback is the famous Henley on Todd Regatta on Saturday 19th! Its a great spectacle event held on the Todd River in the centre of Alice Springs on Saturday afternoon, and involves a range of ‘boat races’ held on the dry river bed of the river with crews running, crawling and sliding their ‘boats’ around the very water-less course. 

Read more and watch some of the videos from the Henley on Todd Regatta here.