Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018

Katherine to Darwin Itinerary

Be part of something special and join your local Black Dog Riders to welcome the national Black Dog Ride group to the Top End and escort them into Darwin from Katherine!

For our NT riders, we've got something special planned. Meet in Katherine on the morning of the 17th August and link up with the hundreds of other Black Dog Riders from all corners of the country. Hug some old mates and meet some new ones; then ride under Police Escort all the way to Darwin and enjoy a day out like none other.

Special Offer for Darwin 1 Dayer riders: It sucks that you guys missed out on this years 1 Dayer (Thanks Cyclone Marcus) but here's what we're gonna do! Be on the lookout for an email from us in the next day or so to all registered NT Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer riders and pillions. In it, there'll be a discount code just for you, that when applied in the registration page, gets you some special pricing. Basically you'll ride for free since you didn't get to ride in March.

If you join us for dinner and drinks in Darwin there'll be charges for that of course, but we'll waive the ride registration costs.


  • This discount applies only for those who registered for our 2018 Darwin 1 Dayer.
  • if you're registering rider AND pillion from the 1-Dayer, you'll need to process a separate registration for each, as each registration can accept only one discount code.

Ride Coordinator

Contact Jon Benham on e:

Register here:

Read the FAQs HERE

Ride Registrations close on 30th July.


Fundraising for Black Dog Ride's Top End 2018 will support community based mental health and suicide prevention programs. Start your fundraising here:

Don't want to set up a fundraising page? Please consider sharing the Top End 2018 Donation link amongst your friends, family, club and colleagues:

Ride Flyers

General Top End 2018 Flyer

Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018 General Flyer ThumbnailThis flyer mentions all state legs and is great for sharing with bike clubs and dealerships.

Download the JPEG for sharing across Facebook, Twitter etc, emails and forums HERE

Download the PDF which is hi-res and ready for printing out HERE

NT Leg - Top End 2018 Flyers

This flyer is specific to the NT leg of the ride.

Download the JPEG for sharing across Facebook, Twitter etc, emails and forums HERE

Download the PDF which is hi-res and ready for printing out HERE

Top End 2018 Community Flyers

These flyers are sharing in the communities Black Dog Ride will be visiting, with a space for you or the community members to write details in and pin up at local noticeboards.

Download the low-res JPEG blank community flyer HERE

Download the hi-res PDF blank community flyer HERE

Download a low-res MS Word flyer with Text Box for editing HERE

Ride Itinerary

Thursday 16th August - Katherine

Black Dog Riders from WA will be staying and dining at Knotts Crossing on Thursday evening (ETA 6pm), and NT Black Dog Riders in town for the Friday ride to Darwin are encouraged to join them for a meal and casual catch up.

Knotts Crossing Resort
Cnr Giles St and Cameron St, Katherine NT
Phone: 08 8972-2511 Web:

Friday 17th August - Katherine to Darwin - 317kms

Informal meet up in Darwin or en route to Katherine.

Meet All National Black Dog Riders in Katherine, escort in to Darwin.

Evening - Casual Sundowner onsite at Club Tropical/Lee Point Resort

Accomodation options provided below if you're not quite a local -

Club Tropical Resort, 622 Lee Point Rd.
Apoartments, Villas, Deluxe Rooms
Phone: 08 8944 8500

Lee Point Village Resort, 622 Lee Point Rd.
Caravan Park, Cabins, Camping
Phone: 08 8945 0535

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride and if you're willing to share a room with other Black Dog Riders.

Saturday 18th August - Darwin

5.30pm Bus to Top End Finale at Crocosaurus Cove

After the Finale Experience, the organised part of Black Dog Ride's Top End 2018 is finished. You are free to stay on in Darwin (please book early), tour the region, head home or continue travelling.

Important Ride Notes

  • Please note that times and distances contained in the Itinerary are estimates only
  • 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 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