Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018

Nuriootpa to Darwin Itinerary
12th - 18th August

Join dozens of Black Dog Riders from South Australia and embark upon a 3,112km epic journey of discovery and awareness to the Top End of Australia!

Ride Coordination Team

Ride Coordinator
Merv Storton m: 0488-743-323 e:

Assistant Ride Coordinator
Julie Storton m: 0417-878-601 e:

Rider Liaison

Please read the Ride FAQs HERE before contacting the Team.


Register for the Ride here:

Rider's partners are welcome to join us for Top End Finale Functions! They can register for these celebrations here:

Registrations close 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

SA Leg - Top End 2018 Flyers

This flyer is specific to the SA 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

Nuriootpa to Darwin 3,112kms
12th - 18th August 2018

On the evening of Saturday 11th August, there is an unofficial casual catch up dinner in Nuriootpa. It is not compulsory to attend this, it's simply a meal for those Black Dog Riders in town for the departure the next morning, and an opportunity to get to know your riding mates for the next week. All are welcome.

Saturday 11th August - Nuriootpa

7.00pm Catch up dinner together with Black Dog Riders at Vine Inn

Barossa Vine Inn Murray St Nuriootpa Ph 08 85 622133

Sunday 12th August - Nuriootpa to Woomera - 475kms

7.30am Check in at Vine Inn Carpark (out the back)
8.30am Ride departs
Lunch at Orroroo
3.00pm ETA Arrive in Woomera, check in to accomodation

Woomera Caravan Park
Phone: Shane 08 86 737800

Monday 13th August - Woomera to Kulgera - 852kms

Kulgera Roadhouse Caravan Park
Phone: 08 89 560973

Tuesday 14th August - Kulgera to Tennant Creek - 797 kms

Outback Caravan Park
Phone: 08 89 622459

Wednesday 15th August - Tennant Creek to Mataranka - 567kms

Mataranka Homestead & Caravan Park
Book for 2 nights
Phone: 08 89 754544

Thursday 16th August - Mataranka

Rest Day

Friday 17th August - Mataranka to Darwin - 425kms

Assemble at Mataranka for group ride to Katherine - 108kms

Meet All National Black Dog Riders, escort to Darwin - 317kms

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

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 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


To ensure you get accommodation within your preferred budget at the stated accomodation venues listed on itineriaries, please make your booking as soon as you've registered. We will be visiting the area in the peak tourist season and demand for all accommodation will be very high.

Please ensure you let the venue know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive any applicable discounts, and if you're willing to share the room.

Bike Shipping from Darwin

If time is short and you need to get back home straight after the Ride, long time Black Dog Ride supporters Bikes Only are offering a fantastic deal to freight your bike home from Darwin.

Contact Manelle on (07) 3219-7000 or to make your booking.

Special prices for registered Black Dog Riders are:






PERTH $1010



Prices are per bike and includes GST. Prices, which include transit insurance, are to depots in each destination city.

Panniers and top boxes are included, however do not overload your bike.

This service has limited capacity so book early if you want to "Ride and Fly". The Darwin bike drop off location will be shared with registered riders via email closer to the date of departure.

They only require payment 2 weeks prior to pick up so you can book now to secure the space.