Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 Logo


Canberra to Hobart - 1400kms
31st October - 6th November

Black Dog Ride's inaugural adventure to the Apple Isle sets off in late October from every state and territory to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention, gathering together in Hobart to celebrate the coming together of Black Dog Riders and the culmination of an inspiring grassroots suicide prevention project.

Join us on this once in a lifetime journey of community and self awareness!

Ride Coordination Team

Please read the ride FAQs here before contacting your coordinator.

To update your registration information, contact

NSW & ACT Coordinator - Wayne Amor e:

Ride Registration

Before registering, please read the Ride FAQs here.

Please allow half an hour to register. You will need to let us know your -

• Name, Address, Phone, Email, Date of Birth, Payment Detials
• Next of Kin Name, Phone and Address (Don't use your pillion!)
• Your bike Make, Model and Rego Number
• Your bike dimensions for the ferry if it's a trike, sidecar or has a trailer
• Start and end points if a Night Rider
• Medical information to help us help you in case of accident or emergency
• Dietary Requirements

This information is kept confidential by Black Dog Ride and only shared with State Coordinators, then Support Crew during the ride. The information you provide helps us ensure you have a safe and enjoyable ride, and that we are able to support you should an accident or other emergency arise.

If you're unable to ride the whole distance with us, you can register as a Night Rider and join NSW & ACT riders from Canberra to Healesville inclusive. Simply complete the relevant details on the registration form.

Registration as a Rider for the full Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 includes the following:

• Your entry to the organised ride
• Your ferry passage TO Tasmania but NOT the return
• The security of a Support Vehicle with bike trailer en route to Hobart
• Rider Kit including commemorative BDR patch and stickers for your bike
• The Hobart Welcome Luncheon at Blundstone Arena
• The Ride Finale Dinner at Blundstone Arena

Black Dog Ride will arrange and inform riders of reasonably priced accomodation for every leg, generally discounted for Black Dog Riders.

Community organisations may be providing low cost yummy meals almost every day, but meal costs (other than the Hobart formal meals) are not included in registration costs.

Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Booking - IMPORTANT!

To move 400 Black Dog Riders and their bikes over to Tasmania, Black Dog Ride has liaised extensively with the Spirit of Tasmania. Black Dog Ride must include Ferry Bookings in the Ride Registration fees, and will book riders on their behalf. During Ride Registration, you will need to choose the ferry accomodation option you prefer, however places are limited and it is first in best dressed.

There is no need for riders to book the ferry to Tasmania, this is being done on your behalf by Black Dog Ride.

However riders will need to book the ferry for their return home. More information is provided to riders upon registering.

Register for the NSW & ACT Leg of Tasmania 2017 here:

The Cause - Even Heroes Need A Hand

Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 FlyerDefence and Emergency Workers save and protect lives. But this demanding work means they may experience the trauma of mental illness at twice the rate of other Australians. At Black Dog Ride, we find that statistic unacceptable and we're doing something about it. In 2017 we're fundraising to provide these heroes with Mental Health First Aid training, so these heroes can identify and respond appropriately to a colleague in crisis, keeping them safe from harm.

Black Dog Ride's goal is to raise $200,000 to fund 500 scholarships.

Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 is bringing hundreds of people together to ride to the Apple Isle, engaging hundreds of communities and thousands people to raise awareness of this cause.

Please, dig deep and support this life saving initiative, because...

Even Heroes Need a Hand.

To donate directly, click here:

To start fundraising, click here:

Click on the image above right to download the Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 flyer (JPEG) and share with it friends, family, club and colleagues.

If you'd like to organise a fundraising activity, please download the Community Activity Kit by clicking the link below:

Community Activity Kit [PDF]

The Community Activity Kit is in PDF format and is a large file, 6.5MBs, please be patient while it downloads. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

The Community Activity Kit is designed to help you organise your own fundraising or awareness activity. It contains everything you need to know to get started including activity suggestions, guidelines and information about your responsibilities as a fundraiser, donor receipt forms plus the Activity Application Form.

Canberra to Hobart - 1400kms

The itinerary listed below will be continually updated. Please check back often.

Monday 30th October - Canberra

6:00pm Informal Pre-ride dinner, Eagle Hawk Hotel, 1222 Federal Hwy Service Rd, Sutton, Canberra - TBC.


Canberra Carotel
Phone: Rebecca on 02 6241 1377 Email:
Address: Cnr of Aspinall & Zelling Streets, Watson

Capital Country Holiday Park
Phone: Laura on 02 6230 3433
Address: 47 Bidges Rd, Sutton.

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive any applicable discounts

Tuesday 31st October - Canberra to Jindabyne 233kms

8:30am Gather at Australian War Memorial for 'formal bits', media, meet & greet, morning tea and group photo

10:00am Depart AWM for Nimmitabel, via Cooma

11:30am Fuel, Cooma 115km

12:00pm DIY Lunch, Nimmitabel, Bertie's Café, Nimmitabel Bakery, etc. 39km

1:30pm Depart Nimmitabel for Jindabyne, via Bombala Rd & Dalgety (all sealed) 110km

3:00pm Arrive Jindabyne accommodation

6:00pm Dinner - TBA

8.00pm Rider brief for Wednesday 1st Nov- location TBA


Alpine Gables
Phone: Brian on 02 6456 2555 Email:
Address: 2 Clyde St, Jindabyne

Jindabyne Holiday Park
Phone: 02 6456 2249 Email:
Address: 6 Kosciuszko Road

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive any applicable discount

Wednesday 1st November - Jindabyne to Bright 357kms

Start Point - Jindabyne NSW

Via - Khancoban NSW

End Point - Bright VIC


Bright Holiday Park
Phone: Jamie on 03 5755 1141, quote reservation 20943, held to end June
Address: Cherry Ln, Bright

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive any applicable discount

Thursday 2nd November - Bright to Healesville 354kms

Start Point - Bright VIC

Via - Marysville VIC

End Point - Healesville VIC


Sanctuary House
Phone: 03 5962 5148, Helen or Sam
Address: Badger Creek Road, Healesville.

Big4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park
Phone: Sue on 03 5962 4328 Email:
Address: 419 Don Road, Healesville

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive any applicable discount

Friday 3rd November - Healesville to Melbourne 345kms

Night Riders depart

Start Point - Healesville

Via - Reefton Spur

End Point - Melbourne


Melbourne Discovery Holiday Park
Phone: Chad on 1800 061 444 Email:
Address:129 Ashley St Braybrook.

Saturday 4th November - Port Melbourne to Devonport

7:00am Arrive Spirit of Tasmania Melbourne dock for check-in and boarding with SA Riders.

9.00am Spirit of Tasmania leaves Melbourne

5.00pm Spirit of Tasmania arrives Devonport


Discovery Parks Devonport
Phone: (03) 6427 8418 Email:
Address: 13-17 Tarleton St Devonport
* This has been organised by Tassie BDR due to the size of our group. Thank You.

Edgewater Hotel, Devonport
Phone: Janette on 03 6427 8441
Address: 4 Thomas St, East Devonport, 40 rooms from $91, ask for discount. Bike parking in courtyard.

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to ensure you receive any discounts that apply.

Sunday 5th November - Devonport to Hobart 295kms

Depart Devonport with SA Riders.

Arrive in Hobart to meet 450 Black Dog Riders at Blundstone Arena!

Welcome Luncheon @ 2:30pm

Free time in the evening with friends.


Hobart Airport Tourist Park + Camping
Phone: (03) 6248 4551
Address: 2 Flight Street, Cambridge

Hobart Airport Travelodge
Phone: 1300 886 886
Address: 1 Holyman Ave, Cambridge

Remember to book for 2 nights! Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to ensure you receive any discounts that apply.

Monday 6th November - Hobart

Community activity with all Black Dog Riders in the morning

6:00pm - Finale Dinner @ Blundstone Arena. Bus to transport riders from accomodation to arena.

After dinner the organised part of Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 is finished. You are free to stay on in Hobart, tour the region, head home or continue travelling.

Important Ride Notes

  • Please note that times and distances contained in the Itinerary are estimates only and you are free to travel at your own pace and times.
  • Each stop on the Itinerary is deemed a fuel stop. Please check the range of your bike against a map to determine any additional stops you may require.
  • It is your responsibility to book accommodation or camp sites and please quote BDR when booking to ensure you receive applicable discounts.
  • All meals except Hobart lunch and dinner, are at your cost and if you are a registered rider it is presumed (for catering purposes) that you will be attending the organised meals as listed above