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!


The Mercure Alice Springs Resort is the appointed official event hotel with a superb range of facilities and accommodation offered at discounted rates for competitors and their families / supporters during The Redback MTB Race. Numerous additional accommodation options exist in/around Alice from caravan parks to quality hotels. 

MERCURE Alice Springs Resort

mecure hotel

**TO BOOK**: Competitors must call the Mercure directly on 08 8951 4545 to book

Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from Alice Springs town centre, the hotel features:

  • Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar
  • Free WiFi resort wide
  • Swimming pool
  • Guest laundry
  • Foxtel in all rooms
  • Complimentary onsite parking
  • Bike friendly, wash down areas and keep your bike in your room!
  • Direct access to local MTB and running trails

The following rates have been advertised for the event (TBC):

  • $129 Standard Room
  • $139 Superior Room
  • $159 Deluxe Room

Breakfast deal ($20 adults/$13 kids per person Full buffet breakfast) when booking accommodation.

The hotel a large, open grassy area flanked by eucalypt tress in the middle of the hotel with pool, café / restaurant all facing onto this open area, creating a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.Nestled on the banks of the famous Todd River only a 5-minute walk from town, the Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines friendly and efficient outback service with modern, comfortable facilities in 4.5-star surrounds.

For bookings and enquiries please contact the hotel directly:

Mecure Alice Springs Resort
34 Stott Tce, Alice Springs, NT, 0870
Telephone: 08 8951 4545
Reservation hotline: 1800 134 044
Email: [email protected]
Website: Click Here


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.

Standard Room 1King / 2 Queen Beds  – 24hr Cancellation –  $127.00 Room Only with Breakfast an additional $20pp

Please contact the hotel to book directly and mention that you are part of “The Redback”

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters – to book:

Telephone: 08 8950 7777
Email: [email protected] (quote The Redback MTB race when booking)

Other Accommodation

There is an abundance of accommodation options in Alice Springs and Central Australia, from camping or staying in a cabin to motel/ hotel rooms to apartments with full kitchen or that at home feeling with a B&B: Click here for full accommodation listing 

Flight Information

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!


The most awarded park in the Northern Territory, MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is situated at the foothills of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges providing a fantastic vista. Just 4.5 kms south of the town centre, in a quiet bush setting, the park has won 19 NT Brolga Awards for tourism excellence, the BIG 4 Supreme Award and 2 National Awards for Tourism.

Accommodation ranges from Deluxe Villas to Budget Cabins all with r/c air-conditioning and cooking facilities. There is also a 64 bed bunkhouse with internal kitchen & bathrooms. Caravanners & campers are catered for with grassed and shady sites, some with own ensuite.

Park facilities include:

  • TV and games room
  • Go-Karts and Bike hire
  • Jumping Pillows and Adventure Playgrounds
  • ½ Basket Ball court
  • Camp kitchens and FREE gas BBQ’s
  • 3 Internet Kiosks and wireless facilities
  • Tour desk amd mini mart
  • 2 sparkling in-ground swimming pools.

As a bonus during April to September they also offer free nightly entertainment: including a Star Talk, Didgeridoo Show, Red Centre Show and 4WD Information Night

For reservations call – 1800 808 373 or visit

Airport transfers

Riders may 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 will be $15 per person per transfer ($27 with your bike) and will be provided by The Alice Wanderer. We will provide the Alice Wanderer with all the competitor bookings and help facilitate this on the day – you do not need to call Alice Wanderer directly.

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


All airport transfer bookings must be made by 8:00 AEST 20th July 2021 with Annie 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.

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.

Larapinta Trail (Hiking) 
Ayres Rock and Uluru (guided tours)  
Outdoor Activities (such as camping, scenic flights, fishing) 
Kakadu and Arnhem Land (guided tours)  
Katherine Region (guided tours) 
Alice Springs (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 15th August 2020

If you arrive a few days earlier, check out the Henley on Todd Regatta! A great spectacle event held on the Todd River in the centre of Alice Springs on Saturday afternoon, the 15th August. The Regatta 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.