Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 Logo


Darwin to Hobart - 4,106kms
27th 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

NT Coordinator - Jon Benham 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 shared with 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 NT riders at any major town and depart at any major town up to Port Augusta. 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 hundreds of 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 Top End Leg of Tasmania 2017 here:

The Cause - Even Heroes Need A Hand

Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 Flyer Defence 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.

Darwin to Hobart - 4,106kms

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

Friday 27th October - Darwin to Mataranka Springs 421kms

Riders meet in Darwin to check in, school visits, then depart for Mataranka Springs via Katherine.

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Saturday 28th October - Mataranka Springs to Tennant Creek 567kms

Start Point - Mataranka Springs to Tennant Creek

End Point - Tennant Creek

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Sunday 29th October - Tennant Creek to Alice Springs 509kms

Start Point - Tennant Creek

End Point - Alice Springs

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Monday 30th October - Alice Springs Community Engagements

Black Dog Riders will spend a day touring Alice Springs with community engagements and activities.

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Tuesday 31st October - Alice Springs to Coober Pedy 688kms

Start Point - Alice Springs

End Point - Coober Pedy

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Wednesday 1st November - Coober Pedy to Port Augusta 542kms

Start Point - Coober Pedy

5.00pm Arrive in Port Augusta, check into accomodation

6.30pm Port Augusta SES are providing a BBQ dinner at Shoreline Caravan Park with NT Riders


Shoreline Caravan Park, Gardiner Ave, Port Augusta West
Phone: (08) 8642 2965 Email:
Camping is available here

Please advise them that you are involved with Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 to receive any specials that may apply and if you are willing to share room

Thursday 2nd November - Port Augusta to Mildura 532kms

NT Night Riders depart ride, and WA/NT Riders enjoy first day on road together, crossing to VIC!

7.45am Assemble at Shoreline and rider brief

8.00am Depart for Mildura together via Barrier Hwy/Goyder Hwy/National Highway - 201kms

10.30am Morning tea and refuel in town in Beautiful Burra

11.15am Depart for Renmark via Goyder Hwy - 198kms

1.15pm Casual lunch and refuel in Renmark

2.30pm Depart Renmark for Mildura - 137kms

4.00pm Arrive in Mildura, refuel and check into accomodation

6.30pm Dinner next door with the Rotary Club of Mildura


Golden River Holiday Park, 199-205 Flora Avenue, Mildura
Phone: 03 5021 2299 Email:
Golden River have given Black Dog Riders great rates which you can download here.

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 to receive these rates.

Friday 3rd November - Mildura to Bendigo 401kms

7.00am DIY breakfast in town

8.30am Depart Mildura for Ballarat, route TBC 470kms total

Morning tea and lunch locations TBA

4.30pm Arrive Ballarat, head to accomodation @ Sovereign Hill.

IMPORTANT - Please empty your fuel containers into your bike's fuel tank, leaving the container lid off to dry out fuel. Any containers with fuel in them will be emptied by stevedores in Melbourne, and the containers filled with water.

6.30pm Casual dinner at Zamages Ballarat, 69 Main Rd - an 800m walk from hotel.


Sovereign Hill, Magpie Street, Ballarat.
Phone: 03 5337 1199 Email:
Soveriegn Hill are providing dormitory accom for $40 a bed, 2 to 5 ppl per room, with seperate ladies/gents ablutions. For riders needing more privacy, ask for a motel room with queen bed, sofa bed and ensuite @ $160. Let them know you're with Black Dog Ride. Dorm accomodation is a 12 noon check out. Motel accomodation is a 10am check out.

Saturday 4th November - Bendigo to Port Melbourne 155kms

Free morning in Bendigo or Soveriegn Hill - catch up with laundry, wander around town!

3.00pm Rally and headcount at Sovereign Hill entrance. Depart for Melbourne led by Black Dog Ride's Ballarat Coordinator Mark Dwyer.

5.00pm Arrive at Spirit of Tasmania terminal to book in, load motorcycles on ferry. Please note, riders must bring small overnight bag with them, and will be unable to access their bikes on the ferry. No fuel in fuel cans allowed.

9.00pm Spirit of Tasmania departs for Devonport with WA and NT Riders

Sunday 5th November - Devonport to Hobart 282kms

7.30am Disembarking from ferry begins. Meet together outside Ferry Terminal.

9.00am Disembark in Devonport and enjoy breakfast at Cherry Shed Café and Gift Shop, 243 Gilbert Street, Latrobe

2.00pm Assemble at Blundstone Arena to meet all Black Dog Riders with a Welcome Luncheon and Group Photo!

4.00pm National Group ride - Ride En Masse into Hobart CBD and Salamanca Place, ride up to Mt Nelson together.

Evening meal - casual dining with Black Dog Ride buddies!


Seven Mile Beach Cabin Parks & Camping
Phone: (03) 6248 6469 Email:
Address: 12 Aqua Place, Seven Mile Beach

Barilla Holiday Park & Camping
Phone: (03) 6248 5453 Email:
Address: 75 Richmond Rd. Cambridge

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

Monday 6th November - Hobart

6.00pm Finale Dinner at Blundstone Arena. Buses pickup and drop off at accomodation points.

After finale 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