Travel and Accommodation

Experience the Northern Territory


Qantas offer up some great specials from selected Australian capital cities.

Flights to Alice Springs often fluctuate from week to week, and it is not at all uncommon to pick up flights for around $300 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:

We'll also keep an eye out and alert you when we see any other specials pop up.

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The Run Larapinta Stage Race gets further and further to the west of Alice Springs as the days progress, as such we will be relocating the Race HQ on day 3 and we recommend that competitors and their families also relocate as per the details below. This is not mandatory - it would just make some things a little simpler if you stayed in these recommended locations:

  • Thursday 16th – stay in Alice Springs (if you arrive early)
  • Friday 17th – stay in Alice Springs
  • Saturday 18th – stay in Alice Springs
  • Sunday 19th – stay at Glen Helen (book early - lodge, camping or campervan options)
  • Monday 20th – stay at Glen Helen (book early - lodge, camping or campervan options)
  • Tuesday 21st – Stay in Alice Springs (if you are still around)

Listed below are our recommended places to stay at each location...


Alice Springs accommodation


  1. The Mecure Alice Springs Resort
  2. Lasseters Hotel
  3. Other, including apartments, BnB's etc 


Mecure alice springs resort (formerly The Chifley)

The official event hotel - great accommodation offers!
PLEASE NOTE: Competitor must call the Mercure directly on 08 8951 4545 to book

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

    • Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar
    • 24-hour reception
    • Free WiFi resort wide
    • Cardio fitness room
    • Swimming pool
    • Massage rooms
    • Guest laundry
    • Gift shop
    • Foxtel in all rooms
    • Complimentary onsite parking
    • Direct access to local MTB and running trails


    • $125 Standard Room
    • $135 Superior Room
    • $155 Deluxe Room
    • Breakfast deal ($15 per person Full buffet breakfast) when booking accommodation 
Reservation: 08 8951 4545 
PLEASE NOTE: Competitor must call the Mercure directly on 08 8951 4545 to book

LAsseters hotel

Winners of 2016’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.
Telephone: 08 8950 7777
Email: (quote Run Larapinta Stage Race when booking)

other accommodation

There is an abundance of accommodation options in Alice Springs, from camping or staying in a cabin to motel/ hotel rooms to apartments with full kitchen or that at home feeling with a B'nB,


Glen Helen accommodation

Glen Helen New Logo

Glen Helen is an old cattle station homestead approx. 120km west of Alice Springs and is the only one place to stay in the area making it a quaint oasis in the middle of the Western MacDonnel Ranges.


  1. Glen Helen Lodge

  2. Camping - with your fellow competitors in a "Run Larapinta Village"

  3. Campervan

Glen Helen Lodge

Glen Helen has a range of hotel rooms, dorm rooms and camping around the Homestead. We have block-booked all the beds (135 beds) to cater for Run Larapinta event participants. 11/AprIl UPDATE: Glen Helen only have 8 beds left ($35p/n) but have plenty of camping options available - as explained below.

TO BOOK ONE OF THE BEDS: phone Glen Helen directly and mention the 'Run Larapinta'.

Glen Helen Lodge
Office: 08 8956 7489
Reservations: 1300 269 822

CAMPING - 'RUN Larapinta Village'

Update as at 31/07/18 - Run Larapinta Village is booked out! However, you can still bring your own tent and join us in the village.

Another great option at Glen Helen is to stay in our 'Run Larapinta Tent Village' that we're setting up on the grass. We provide and set up all the camping gear so all you have to bring is a sleeping bag!

Camping GH

For just $90 (per person for 2 nights) we will set you up with:

  • Your own cosy tent on the grass (2 person tent each)
  • A super comfy sleeping mattress (10cm thick!)
  • A pillow
  • A camp chair
  • all set up on a large grassy area right next to the homestead

You just need to BYO sleeping bag! Click here for an information sheet about the Cmping Village

TO BOOK A TENT IN THE 'VILLAGE': visit the merchandise store to book your camping package >>CLICK HERE<< or contact us for more details

You can also bring your own caming gear and join 'The Village' if you've got all your own gear.

Alice Camp 'N' Drive:

Another option is to hire a car and bring your own (or hire!) caming gear from Alice Springs? Alice Camp 'N' Drive can help you out with both car rental and camping gear... and it's very affordable!

Please click HERE for current pricing. Give them a call to make arrangements on 08 8952 0098.

Please note if you plan on booking a car and camping gear for only the Glen Helen stay, you will need to collect the car no later than 2:30pm on Saturday the 18th (after Stage 2) from Alice Camp 'N' Drive. They are NOT open first thing on Sunday morning. Give them a call to discuss availability on 08 8952 0098. 


The final alternative is to book a campervan when you are in Alice Springs and drive yourself to Glen Helen and stay in your campervan! This would give you a mode of transport, bed and cooking facilities and access to showers and toilets at the Lodge as well and has been popular in the past

If booking a campervan you may need to pick it up late on Saturday 18th (after stage 2) and then return it on Tuesday 21st.

Pricing: As a guide, a campervan booked from Thursday the 16th of August to Tuesday the 21st of August could cost approximately $550. Please note prices vary week to week so if you are interested, please get in touch with one of the hire companies listed above and they will give you current pricing and availability.



We can arrange your airport transfers too / from the airport. Please see the Event Schedule and Services page for further details.




Central Australia is obviously 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 even more that are further a field that we’d encourage you to book an extra night or two before or after racing.

Alice Springs Desert Park

Immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery of Australia's deserts.  Wander through the ancient landscape.  Experience the animals of the night.  Discover the diveristy of desert plants.  Be inspired by ancient living cultures with local Aboriginal guides.  Marvel at the energy and spirit of free flying birds.  Visit the park at Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs.  Entry is $32 for adults and $16 for children.

For more ideas, to plan your itinerary or to book a tour please contact Tourism Central Australia:

Telephone: 1800 645 199 or 08 8952 5800

The Overlanders Steakhouse

The Overlanders Steakhouse offers a unique dining experience. With an extensive alacarte menu and daily specials which includes fresh seasonal seafood, Aussie favourites, vegetarian options and a children’s menu.

Architecturally designed, the restaurant genuinely captures the rustic ambiance of Outback Australia. The decor features historic saddlery used and donated by local ‘Drovers’ or cattlemen/ranchers of yesteryear and today. It is a ‘living museum’ which is proudly supported by locals and visitors alike. The Overlanders Steakhouse is open from 6pm every night and bookings are strongly encouraged.

CLICK HERE more information and current daily specials. 


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