EXPERIENCE THE NORTHERN TERRITORY - come and race the redback!
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 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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Mecure 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. Additional accommodation recommended to competitors and their families includes the Lasseters Hotel Casino is also offering discounted rates. More details for both hotels can be found below.
MECURE Alice Springs Resort
They have 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 Mecure Alice Springs Resort combines friendly and efficient outback service with modern, comfortable facilities in 4.5-star surrounds.
Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from Alice Springs town centre, the hotel features:
- 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
- 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:
- $119 Standard Room
- $129 Superior Room
- $149 Deluxe Room
Breakfast deal - 50% off ( $13 per person full breakfast) when booking accommodation.
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
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.
20% off the best available rate
***EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ***
Book before 30th April 2017 and you will receive a FREE upgrade to the next available room type
Breakfast is available at $20 per person when booked with accommodation (full buffet)
Lasseters Hotel Casino
Telephone: 08 8950 7777
Email: email@example.com (quote The Redback MTB race when booking)
MACDONNELL RANGE HOLIDAY PARK
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.
For reservations call - 1800 808 373 or visit www.macrange.com.au
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
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 and will 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 Friday 21st July with Annie via firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Telephone: 1800 645 199 or 08 8952 5800
Pyndan Camel Tracks
Join Pyndan Camel Tracks in Alice Springs for a one hour camel ride on gentle camels led by experienced guides. A camel ride against the backdrop of the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges is a signature Red Centre experience. See kangaroos and other wildlife. Learn about camels in Australia from our museum. It's an unforgettable relaxing experience that will be the highlight of your trip. www.cameltracks.com
Henley on Todd Regatta
The Redback 2017 coincides with the Henley on Todd Regatta, which is a great spectacle event held on the Todd River in the centre of Alice Springs on Saturday afternoon. 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.
The Regatta takes place on Saturday afternoon after Stage 5, with sufficient time for most riders to come and check it out.
Read more and watch some of the videos from the Henley On Todd regatta here.