Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 Logo


Busselton to Hobart - 4,352kms
28th 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

For more info about the WA leg of Tasmania 2017, contact WA Coordinator Ray Sherry

Mobile: 0427 778 573 As Ray works in the regional areas, he may be out of contact during the day. Please text or leave voicemail and Ray will get back to you in the evenings.

Ride Registration

Before registering, please read the Ride FAQs here

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 WA 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.

Busselton to Hobart - 4,352kms

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

Unless otherwise stated, mornings will begin with riders assembling for a rider's brief prior to departure.

Distances are based on Google Maps. The Support Vehicle will carry fuel for emergencies, but Black Dog Ride recommends riders carrying own fuel if their tank has a small capacity.

Friday 27th October

Pre-Ride Meet N Greet

6.00pm Busselton Bowling Club, Brown St & Kent Street, Busselton

This wonderful social group who have provided much support to Black Dog Ride is offering a 3 course dinner comprising soup, 2 mains choices, unlimited veg and salad, for just $22.50. Join us from 6pm as we meet old friends and make new ones before we ride off the next day on our epic adventure to the Apple Isle!

Please note you must RSVP for this Meet n Greet. Please email for the RSVP link.

Saturday 28th October - Busselton to Denmark 406kms

7.00am Riders meet at Busselton Bowling Club, Cnr Brown and Kent Street for check in and Lions Club breakfast

9.30am Ride departs together for Yahava Koffeeworks at Cnr Bussell Hwy & Rosa Brook, Margaret River - 50kms

10.15am Ride arrives at Yahava Koffeeworks for refreshments

10.45am Ride departs for Pemberton via Brockman Hwy, Stewart Rd, Vasse Hwy - 151kms

12.30pm Ride arrives in Pemberton. Lions Club putting on hot and beef gravy rolls, local school is doing hot chips, RSL providing hot dogs, local firies and ambos will be meeting with Black Dog Riders, local car and bike club will be displaying their toys, PLUS police will be providing an escort into town for Black Dog Ride!

1.30pm Ride departs together for Walpole via SW Hwy - 130kms

3.00pm Ride arrives in Walpole, regroup, refuel.

3.15pm Ride departs for Denmark - 75kms

4.15pm Ride arrives in Denmark, must refuel as time won't permit the next morning, then check in to accomodation.

Dinner Function
Bus will pick up and drop off at front of Rivermouth Caravan Park, Water Front Motel & Denmark Hotel to Boston Brewery (Live Music and Dinner!) for gold coin donation, time TBA


Denmark Hotel and River Rooms Motel, 36 Hollings Rd, Denmark
Phone: Max (08) 9848 1262 Email:
They are generously offering 15% off for Black Dog Riders

Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park, Inlet Dr, Denmark
Phone: Paul (08) 9848 1262 Email:
They are generously offering 10% off for Black Dog Riders

Water Front Motel, 63 Inlet Dr, Denmark
Phone: Claire (08) 9848 1147 Email:
They are generously offering 10% off for Black Dog Riders

Koorabup Motel, 133 S Coast Hwy, Denmark
Phone: Heather (08) 9848 1044 Email:
They are generously offering 10% off for Black Dog Riders

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 rooms

Sunday 29th October - Denmark to Esperance 582kms

6.30am Lions Breakfast and coffee at Kwoorabup Park.

7.30am Riders depart together for Jerramungup. (Refuel in Albany if needed) - 230kms

10.00am Arrive Jerrumungup. Refuel and Lions Morning Tea in local hall, 8 Vasey St.

10.30am Depart Jerramungup for Hopetoun via Ravensthorpe - 164kms

11.45am Arrive in Ravensthorpe (116kms from Jerramungup), turn right to Hopetoun

12.15pm Arrive in Hopetoun for lunch by the Progress Society

1.30pm Depart for Esperance via Jerdacuttup Road (airport on right) - 191kms

3.30pm Arrive in Esperance, refuel, check into accomodation

Dinner Function
6.15pm Free bus pick up and drop off from front of Prime Grove Caravan Park and Bay of Isles Motel

6.30pm Lions Dinner at Esperance Angling Club, approximately $20 per head


Pine Grove Caravan Park, 817 Harbour Rd, Esperance
Phone: 08 9071 4100 Email:
They are generously offering a 10% discount to Black Dog Riders. Camping is available.

Bay of Isles Motel, 32 The Esplanade, Esperance
Phone: (08) 9071 9000 Email:

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 rooms

Monday 30th October - Esperance to Madura Pass 785kms

Night Riders head home at either Esperance or Norseman. Please check out with Fiona before departing Ride.

Breakfast can be purchased at the Big Munch or the Lucky Road Cafes on the road to Norseman.

Refuel and Refresh during this big day. WA Group will depart together, with a ride leader to Norseman, but no ride leader or formal group riding after that. Please have a riding buddy with you at all times.

7.00am Riders assemble at Esperance Airport (roadside) for rider brief before departure to Norseman - 205kms

9.00am Morning tea provided by Norseman Community Resource Centre

10.00am Riders depart on the great Eyre Hwy for Balladonia Roadhouse - 265kms

Balladonia to Caiguna - 165kms

Caiguna to Cocklebiddy - 65kms

Cocklebiddy to Madura Pass - 94kms

5.00pm Arrive at Madura Pass, check in to accomodation.

6.30pm Informal dinner at Madura Pass Oasis Motel, free time


Madura Pass Oasis Motel, LOT 11 Eyre Hwy, Madura
Phone: (08) 9039 3464

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 rooms

Tuesday 31st October - Madura Pass to Ceduna 676kms

Refuel and Refresh during this big day. WA Group will depart together, but no ride leader or formal group riding. Please have a riding buddy with you at all times.

7.30am Assemble at fuel station, rider brief, depart together for journey across Nullabor!

Madura Pass to Mundrabilla Roadhouse - 117kms
Mundrabilla to Eucla - 66kms
Eucla to Nullabor Roadhouse - 196km
Nullabor to Nundroo - 144kms
Nundroo to Ceduna - 153kms

Dinner Function:
6.30pm Dinner at Ceduna Hotel Function Room, (walking distance for both accom venues). Buffet dinner.

Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, 32 O'Loughlin Terrace, Ceduna
Phone: (08) 8625 2008 Email:

Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park, 25 Poynton St, Ceduna
Phone: (08) 8625 2290 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 rooms

Wednesday 1st November - Ceduna to Port Augusta 533kms

Breakfast options available in Ceduna Hotel cafe.

Another semi-big day, and today riders reach Australia's halfway point at Kimba, then a breathtaking ride through the Eyre Peninsula and iron ore country to Port Augusta.

7.45am Assenble on the foreshore outside Ceduna Hotel for rider brief

8.00am Riders depart for Streaky Bay - 111kms

9.00am Arrive Streaky Bay. Community Engagement (refuel if needed).

10.15am Riders depart together for Wudinna via Flinders Hwy - 161kms

12.15pm Arrive together at Wudinna for Community Engagement

1.15pm Refuel in town if needed

1.30pm Depart for Kimba - 103kms

2.30pm Meet at Kimba's Big Galah - Halfway Across Australia - for group photos!

3.00pm Depart Kimba for Port Augusta - 158kms

4.45pm 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 rooms

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