The race starts at Port Augusta, which is about a 3.5 hour drive(About 300km/200miles) North-West of Adelaide, and runs through the "Pichi Richi Pass" to Quorn, which is the gateway to the Flinder Ranges.
Adelaide is serviced by all three(3) domestic airlines, and there is limited direct international from Asia.
There are also bus and train services from Adelaide, which canbe found by clicking here
Where to Stay?
With one way courses, its always difficult to know where to stay. At the start or the finish?
I prefer to stay at the finish, but in this case the start is at Port Augusta(pop 14,000), and the finish is at Quorn(Pp 1,000), so there will be more accommodation options at the start, rather than the finish. Some of these options are available by clicking here
I haven't run this race, but its on my "Must Do list".
More information is available on the official webpage, and in 2008 the Marathon had 30 finishers.
There is a pre-race Pasta Party and a Half Marathon and 10.5km(about 6.5mile) race associated with this week-end.
Note:Port Augusta is on the coast, and Quorn is more inland, and the weather can be slightly different, so I have given you two(2) nearest stations to the start and the finish.
This race generally occurs on the last Sunday in June, but for future years, please check with the race directors for the confirmed date.
Other things to do.
I'm a little bit biase, as the only part of Australia I like more than 'The Red Centre', is the Flinder Ranges, and I wouldn't think of going to Quorn with-out taking the extra few days to do some touring.
Wilpena Pound is unbelievable, and a bit further North, but still accessable by 2WD vehicles is Arkaroola Station: