Accommodation and Travel

Accommodation must be booked by the competitor.


26/03/21 UPDATE re August event: The Mercure is no longer available as an event hotel so we have appointed The Double Tree by Hilton as the event hotel in Alice Springs. Glen Helen will not be open in August either so we recommend all runners stay in Alice Springs for the event duration.


Accommodation recommendations:

  • Doule Tree by Hilton is the designated event hotel where the event will be centred.
  • Crowne Plaza Lasseters is a terrific second option

We recommend that competitor stay in the designated event hotel for the event you are attending, but in honesty they are both nice places to stay and are located just 200m apart from one another! We have negotiated discount rates for both hotels as outlined below:

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs

DoubleTree by Hilton has recently been renovated and offers eco-friendly luxury on the banks of the Todd River just 2km from the town centre. Newly renovated rooms include balconies with garden and 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 (home to our resident peacock!).

APRIL RACE: $143 p/night single person including buffet breakfast // $166 p/night twin share including buffet breakfast. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A ROOM in APRIL

AUGUST RACE: $150 p/night single person including buffet breakfast // $170 p/night twin share including buffet breakfast. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A ROOM IN AUGUST .

Booking references:

  • Group Code: GRUNLA (put in Special rates in the group code box, not promo)
  • Group Name: Run Larapinta Race

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

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 and Lasseters casino and entertainment complex. All rooms and suites boast complimentary internet and a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views.

Telephone: 08 8950 7777
Location: 93 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs
Email: [email protected]

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.


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



Qantas offer Flights to Alice Springs from most Australian capitial cities. Prices 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

Virgin Australia offers flights to Alice Springs from Darwin and Adelaide.


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:

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