Accommodation and Travel

EXPERIENCE THE NORTHERN TERRITORY – come and race the Redback!

Quick links to info below:

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

  • Stay in the ONE location
  • 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!


All race starst and finishes are in Alice So you can STAY IN THE ONE HOTEL for the duration of the event!

We have appointed Crowne Plaza Lasseters as the designated event hotel for the 2022 Redback but you can stay anywhere in Alice Springs are be close to the action.

Here are some options…

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.

Lasseters provide a special rate for riders if you book following these steps:

  1. Book online HERE and enter your requested dates*.
  2. Select ‘Rate Preference’ for a drop down menu, then select ‘Group Rate
  3. Add RED to the group code box
  4. This will then give you the special event rate of $220p/n. (Don’t pay $500!!)
  5. Any issues, then please call Kate or Adele in the Rapid Ascent office 03 5261 5511

*Please note that the reduced rate is only valid for the event dates. 18 August – 21 August 2022

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.


Booking references:

  • Group Special Code: GMTBRB
  • Group Name: Redback MTB race

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

Other Accommodation Options nearby…


Riders can book transportation to / from the airport and your hotel when you enter the event or at a later date by logging in to your entry profile.

Airport transfers booked through us will be $15 per person per transfer ($27 with your bike) and will be provided by Emu Run. We will provide Emu Run with all the competitor bookings and help facilitate this on the day – so you do not need to call Emu Run directly.

  • Arrival: look for the Emu Run bus out the front of the airport when you arrive.
  • Departure: Your pick up time will be confirmed by the Emu Run via e-mail in the days before.


All airport transfer bookings must be made with Kate via [email protected] or call the Rapid Ascent office on (03) 5261 5511. Bookings made after this date must be made directly with the transfer company of your choice.


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 $265)
Indigenous experiences and education sessions
Outdoor Activities (such as camping, scenic flights, fishing) 
Alice Springs (guided tours)  
Larapinta Trail (Hiking) 
Ayres Rock and Uluru (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 20th August 2022

Also taking place during the 2022 Redback is the famous Henley on Todd Regatta on Saturday 20th! 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.