Qld/NT Red Centre 2021

Qld/NT Red Centre 2021

UPDATE: The QLD Red Centre Ride 2021 is now an Intrastate Ride and will no longer finish in Alice Springs. Ride Coordinators are updating the itinerary and this will be advised soon.

Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre aims to start a national conversation about depression and suicide prevention. Help us get the country talking and join us on this epic journey to the beautiful red centre of our great country.

Ride Registration

Registrations are strictly limited. Registrations close when all places are filled, or at 5pm AEST 30th July 2021. Registration for the full Black Dog Ride, Red Centre 2021 includes:

  • Entry and participation in the fully organised Ride
  • Back up of a Support Vehicle en route to Alice Springs
  • Commemorative Red Centre 2021 cloth patch, small round sticker and two large stickers
  • Commemorative Red Centre 2021 lapel pin
  • Commemorative Red Centre 2021 T Shirt
  • Entry and participation in the rider reception, Friday 13th August (drinks not included)
  • Entry and participation in the Alice Springs all states group ride, Saturday morning, 14th August
  • Entry and participation in the 10 year anniversary celebration dinner, Saturday 14th August (drinks not included)

Register for the Qld leg of this epic ride

Register  Fo the NT leg of this epic Ride. Riders from the northern half of the NT will join from Tennant Creek.

Ride Itinerary and Accommodation TO BE UPDATED

The ride itinerary and accommodation options are below, and will be updated on this page if there is any new information. We have negotiated accommodation deals in some places, Alice Springs in particular, for Black Dog Riders. Please make your booking soon to make sure you get in without any problems. When booking please make it clear to them that you are a Black Dog Rider to secure your discount. Booking in these places helps keep everyone together as well.

To accommodate riders from the northern and southern parts of the state, there will be two nominated starting points. All riders will start on Saturday August 7th, 2020.  For riders that are joining/leaving the ride along the route, please contact Rider Liaison.  There will be a number of community engagement activities along the way, riders will be updated on a regular basis.  Some areas we are travelling through are in peak tourist season, so we recommend booking accommodation ASAP.  Please indicate if you are will to share, as this will assist with costing and availability.  Please remember to state you are part of the Black Dog Ride, for any available discounts.

Total Distance: Burpengary Meadows to Alice Springs - 3,504 kms

Main Burpengary Meadows starting point:
07:00 Registration, Woodpeckers Bar & Grill, Cnr Rowley & Facer Rds, Burpengary Meadows, Qld, 4505

Secondary starting point:
07:30 Registration, Caltex Paget City Gates, Bruce Highway & Empire St, Paget, Mackay 4740

Saturday August 7th - 556 kms (Burpengary to Biloela)

Accommodation in Biloela:

  • Biloela Hotel Motel, 60 Callide St, Biloela, 07 4992 1291
  • Single bed hotel room: $50
  • Double bed hotel room: $70
  • Motel rooms: from $120
  • Boomerang Caravan Park, 2-10 Dunn Street, Biloela, QLD, 07 4992 1211

Sunday August 8th - 355 kms (Biloela to Emerald)

Accommodation in Emerald:

  • Emerald Caravan and Cabin Village, 64 Opal St, Emerald, Queensland 4720, 07 4982 1300

Monday August 9th - 416 kms (Emerald to Longreach)

Accommodation in Longreach:

  • Longreach Tourist Park, 12 Thrush Rd, Longreach, 07 4658 1781 / 1800 356 099 
    Discount available for BDR, full payment required, on booking.
    *Staff advise that they currently have NBN connection issues, if you are unable to call, please email them on info@longreachtouristpark.com.au

Tuesday August 10th - 395 kms (Longreach to Hughenden via Winton)

Accommodation in Hughenden:

  • The Royal Hotel, 21 Moran St, Hughenden QLD 4821, 074741 1183 https://www.hughendenhotelmotel.com.au
    Discount applied for BDR, Credit Card details required to hold booking.
  • Hughenden Allen Terry Caravan Park, 2 Resolution St, Hughenden QLD 4821, (07) 47411 190
    Cabins and camping

Dinner: The Royal Hotel

Wednesday August 11th - 522 kms (Hughenden to Mt Isa)

Accommodation in Mt Isa:

  • Discovery Holiday Parks - Argylla, Mount Isa Barkly Highway, (140 Marian Street) Mount Isa, 07 47434733

Thursday August 12th - 660 kms (Mt Isa to Tennant Creek)

Accommodation in Tennant Creek:

  • Bluestone Motor Inn, 1 Paterson St (Stuart Hwy), Tennant Creek, NT, (08) 8962 2617 
  • Discount available for BDR

Outback Caravan Park (camping only), 71 Peko Rd, Tennant Creek, (08) 8962 2459

Friday 13th August - 508 (Tennant Creek to Alice Springs)

Accommodation in Alice Springs:

BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, 25 Palm Pl, Ross NT 0870 Phone: 1800 808 373

  • Discount rate for Black Dog Ride participants - 15% off. Camping and cabin accommodation available.

Heritage Caravan Park, 40 Ragonesi Rd, Alice Springs NT 0870 Phone: 08 8953 1418

  • Discount rates for Black Dog Ride - off peak rates during peak season as follows. 
    • Powered site with 2 people $36 per night (normal rate is $40 per night). Unpowered Site with 2 people $30 per night (normal rate is $34 per night).
    • Bush camp site with 2 people $30 per night (normal rate is $33 per night). Additional Guests will be $15 per night. NO MORE THAN 6 PEOPLE PER SITE
    • Cabin with 2 people $145 per night (normal rate is $160). Additional Guests $10 each (normal rate is $15). MAX 4 PEOPLE PER CABIN
    • Family Studio Cabin with 2 people $125 per night (normal rate is $140). Additional Guests $20 each. MAX 4 PEOPLE PER CABIN
    • En-suite Cabin with 2 people $105 per night. MAX 2 PEOPLE PER CABIN
    • Small Cabin (No en-suite) with 2 people $90 per night. MAX 2 PEOPLE PER CABIN

Alice on Todd Apartments, 1 Strehlow St, The Gap NT (08) 8953 8033

  • Corporate rates for Black Dog Ride participants:
    • Studio Apartments $115
    • One bedroom standard $150
    • One bedroom deluxe $165
    • Two bedroom standard $195
    • Two bedroom deluxe $230

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs, 82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs NT (08) 8950 8000

Desert Palms Alice Springs, 74 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs NT (08) 8952 5977

  • Discount rate for Black Dog Ride participants:
    • Twin share room with 2 people (1 queen and 1 single bed) $125 per night (normal rate is $150)
    • Quad room with 3 people (1 queen and 2 single beds) $135 per night (normal rate is $165)
    • Quad room with 4 people (1 queen and 2 single beds) $145 per night (normal rate is $175)

Quest Alice Springs, 10 South Terrace, Alice Springs NT (08) 8959 0000

  • Discount rates for Black Dog Ride participants please quote reference number #109056:
    • Studio Apartment $145 (normal rate is $207)
    • Two Bedroom Apartment $269 (normal rate is $359)
    • Three Bedroom Apartment $359 (normal rate is $479)

End of Ride Events

All Red Centre riders, pillions and support crew are invited to take part in the following three events.

  • Welcome Reception from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Friday 13th August 2020, Lower Poolside, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs, 82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs NT
  • All States and territories 1/2 hour group ride in Alice Springs on Saturday 14th August, details to be advised.
  • Celebration Dinner from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday 14th August 2020, Heli Pad, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs, 82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs NT

Bike Transport

We have secured a deal with Bikes Only for the transport of motorbikes back to capital cities after the end of the Red Centre ride to Alice Springs. If you're interested in having your bike shipped back, here are the costs and booking details.

From Alice Springs to:

MELBOURNE                      $700
HOBART                            $1495
SYDNEY                               $800
BRISBANE                           $900
ADELAIDE                           $600
PERTH                                 $850

All bikes will be collected from Double Tree Hotel Alice from Sunday 15/8. Depending on the number of bikes booked there will be several trucks coming through however it won't all be on Sunday 15/8, therefore bikes can be left in carpark and keys with reception. Bookings are first in best dressed and will be closed 30th June 2021. Any bookings after this will be by arrangement.

Please book directly with Bikes Only. To book online go to their website (www.bikesonly.com.au) and book through the link stating you are with BLACK DOG RIDE. Alternatively call 1300 735 468.

A deposit of $50 is required upon booking which is refundable less administration fee of $38 at least 30 days prior to pickup. Final payment is required 2 weeks prior to pickup.

Ride Preparation

It is imperative that riders ensure their bike is registered, roadworthy, and in proper working order, ready for the significant distance ride ahead. It is also imperative that riders and pillion passengers are fit and well enough for the journey. Black Dog Ride does not take responsibility for these matters.

From February 2021 Black Dog Ride will be sending Rider Updates via email periodically in the lead-up to the ride. Please read these updates to become aware of the information contained in these updates prior to the ride start.

Share the Ride

Each state has a Facebook Group to help you connect with fellow riders. Once you have registered for this ride you can go to your state's Facebook Group and apply for membership. Here's the link to the state group.

QLD Black Dog Riders NT Black Dog Riders


Start your Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre Fundraising here:

My Cause

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.


For the month of May 2021 we will make our Polo Shirts and Red Centre 2021 T Shirts available to order online through our shop. This will also be announced in a rider update, and in our Newsletter, closer to the time.

Our Online Shop has our standard range of merchandise for sale all year round. You can access our shop via our website

Ride Coordinator

You Coordinator for this ride is Michael Young, Queensland State Coordinator. You can reach Michael via email on qld@blackdogride.org.au if you have any specific questions about the ride.