Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018

Swan Valley to Darwin Itinerary
9th - 18th August 2018

Join dozens of West Aussie motorbike riders embarking upon a 4500km epic epic journey of discovery and awareness to the Top End of Australia!

Ride Coordination Team

Ride Coordinator
Laree Walker m: 0433-453-899 e:

Assistant Coordinator: The legendary Annette Fookes!

Rider Liaisons: Franz Auernhammer, Moose Feaver

Media Liaisons: Roger and Bev Seeney e:

Tail End Charlies: Neil Woodhead, Jacquie Picone,

We're still recruiting more Rider Liaisons, MH and First Aid Officers, TEC, Daily Ride Leaders, Community Engagement, Media and Sponsorship Officers. Interested? Awesome! Please get in touch with Laree.

Please read the 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

WA Leg - Top End 2018 Flyers

This flyer is specific to the WA 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

9th - 18th August 2018
Swan Valley to Darwin 4500kms

Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018 WA MapOn Wednesday 8th August, there is an unofficial casual catch up dinner in Swan Valley. 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.

The WA Leg of Top End 2018 departs on Thurs 9th August from Swan Valley, arrives in Darwin on Fri 17th August with the Ride Finale on Sat 18th August. If you're unable to join the entire ride, day riders options are available, please click the registration link above. BikesOnly has also discounted transport for Black Dog Rider bikes back to capital cities to enable you to fly home if needed. Details below.

View the WA Leg of Top End 2018 Google Map HERE

Wednesday 8th August - Swan Valley

Informal casual dinner catch up in Swan Valley:

Penny Garden Restaurant, 4752 West Swan Rd, West Swan


Find the Menu HERE

If you're joining us for our pre-ride meal, please email Laree to let her know for catering purposes:

Swan Valley Tourist Park
6581 West Swan Rd West Swan
Ph: 08 9274 2828 E:

They are offering a 20% discount for Black Dog Riders staying with them on the eve of our Top End 2018 adventure! Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride.

Thursday 9th August - Swan Valley to Geraldton - 420kms

8.00am Check in, Koffee and brekky at Yahava Koffeeworks, 4752 West Swan Rd, West Swan

9.30am Ride Departs

Midday Lunch in Jurien Bay!

2.30pm Depart Cervantes

4.30pm Arrive in Geraldton, refuel, check in to accomodation

6.30pm Dinner at Wintersun Hotel with Geraldton Black Dog Riders!

Wintersun Hotel Motel, 441 Chapman Rd, Bluff Point

Phone: 08 9923 1211E:


Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive applicable discount and if you're willing to share a room.

Big 4 Sunset Beach Caravan Park
4 Bosley Street Sunset Beach WA 6530
Phone: 08 99381655 E:

10% discount when you mention Black Dog Ride

Friday 10th August - Geraldton to Carnarvon - 475kms

Breakfast at Wintersun before departure, details TBC

Morning Tea and mental health presentation at Northhampton District High School

Dinner and entertainment at Coral Coast Tourist Park. Dinner is Hamburger, chips, wedges, salad, $15

Coral Coast Tourist Park, 108 Robinson St, Carnarvon
Onsite Cabins and Camping
Phone: Donna 08 9941 1438
10% discount for Black Dog Riders Riders

Carnarvon Motel
34 David Brand Drive Carnarvon
Phone: 08 9941 0600

Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive applicable discount and if you're willing to share a room.

Saturday 11th August - Carnarvon to Karratha - 640kms

Community BBQ Dinner on site at Pilbara Holiday Park by Lions, with special guests from Mission Australia and Headspace plus Pilbara Motorcycle Sisters. $20 per head.

Pilbara Holiday Park, 70 Rosemary Rd Karratha
Phone: 08 9185 1855 Email:

Please use BLACKDOG18 promo code if booking online to receive discounts.

Sunday 12th August - Karratha to Broome - 830kms


Discovery Parks Broome, 91 Walcott Street Broome
Phone: 08 91921366 Email:

Please use BLACKDOG18 promo code if booking online to receive discounts.

As it is race week in Broome, accomodation is at a premium. If the above venue doesn't suit, please feel free to choose your own accomodation as there are no formal functions booked for our time in Broome.

Monday 13th August - Broome

Rest Day! Sightseeing Day!

Tuesday 14th August - Broome to Fitzroy Crossing - 400kms

9.00am Brunch at Mangrove Hotel, 47 Carnarvon St Broome

10.30am Ride Departs for Fitzroy

Awesome day meandering through the beautiful North West

6.30pm Dinner at Fitzroy River Lodge - Stay tuned for details

Fitzroy River Lodge 277 Great Northern Hwy, Fitzroy Crossing

Phone: (08) 9191 5141 Email:


We have a message from Fitzroy Lodge -

For the individuals who have called through and requested a powered site and unfortunately been turned away, if you could ask them to email then we will be able to get them booked in. For everyone else in powered sites, if you can encourage them to email those requests to that email address that would be fantastic. And if you could please notify people that we won't pre-book or take payment for non-powered, they will be able to pay for these on arrival and there will be no worry about space issues as we have allocated an area.

Wednesday 15th August - Fitzroy Crossing to Kununurra - 648kms

7.00am Full buffet brekky onsite from 6.00am, optional, from $18.

8.00am Leave for a glorious day's riding in the majestic Kimberley.

6.00pm Community BBQ Dinner onsite at Big 4 Lake Kununurra. Special Guest from Headspace.

Discovery Park Big 4 Lake Kununurra, Lakeview Dve
Phone: (08) 9168 1031

Thursday 16th August - Kununurra to Katherine - 515kms

8.00am Rider's Brief at entry of Accomodation

8.10am Depart for Timber Creek Roadhouse - 225.7km

8.35am Group Photo at WA Border - Remember the timezone change - add 1.5 hours!

12.00pm (CST) Break at Timber Creek Roadhouse

1.00pm Depart for Victoria River Road House - 92.3km

2.00pm Break at Victoria River Road House

3.00pm Depart for Katherine as a group - 197km

5.30pm Arrive in Katherine

6.30pm Dinner with Black Dog Riders from Darwin at Knotts Crossing Bistro - details TBC

Knotts Crossing Resort, cnr Giles & Cameron Streets Katherine
Phone: 08 8972 2511 Email:

Friday 17th August - Katherine to Darwin - 317kms

Option of $20 per head full buffet brekky at Knotts Crossing, no booking needed.

Assemble on Stuart Highway by 10.00am

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

5.30pm Casual Sundowner onsite at Club Tropical/Lee Point Resort with finger foods, open bar

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

10.00am Meet at Lee Point for National Ride around Darwin and group photo!

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.