Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018

Dubbo to Darwin Itinerary

Join dozens of Black Dog Riders from the first state and embark upon a 3,800km epic journey of discovery and awareness to the Top End of Australia!

Ride Coordination Team

Ride Coordinator
Wayne Amor m: 0472-556-488 e:

Please read the Ride FAQs HERE before contacting the Team.


Register here:

Registrations close 30th July.

Dubbo to Darwin 3,853kms
9th - 18th August 2018

Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018 Dubbo to Darwin MapBlack Dog Riders depart Dubbo on Friday 9th August, riding through northern NSW and central QLD before arriving in Darwin on Friday 17th.

On the evening of Thursday 8th August, there is an unofficial casual catch up dinner in Dubbo. 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.

Detailed Ride Map HERE

Dubbo, Thursday 9th Aug 2018

6:00pm Informal, Pre-ride dinner - The Old Bank Restaurant & Bar, Macquarie St Dubbo
8.00pm Rider brief after dinner for Friday 10th Aug Oct


Quest Dubbo, 22 Bultje Street, Dubbo NSW
Phone: Amy, 02 5809 8600 Email:

Quote Reservation Number: Reservation Number: 72246

Matilda Motor Inn, 231 Darling St Dubbo NSW
Phone: 02 6882 3944 Email:

Reserved 50/60 beds, all room types.

Big4 Holiday Park, Dubbo, 154 Whylandra St Dubbo
Phone: 1800 033 072 Email:

Heaps of cabins & camping

Friday 10th August - Dubbo to Lightning Ridge - 354km

8:30am Community brekky, Church St Rotunda
10:15am Prayer & Blessing of the bikes - Padre TBC
10:00am Depart Dubbo, Police escort to Brocklehurst TBC??
2:30am Arrive Lightning Ridge 80km book into accommodation & look around
6:00pm Dinner TBA


Wallangulla Motel, 23 Morrilla St Lightning Ridge NSW
Phone: Carol on 1800 247 376 Email:
20 rooms available, $103.50

Outback Resort & Van Park, Cnr Onyx St and Kaolin St Lighting Ridge NSW
Phone: Amanda 02 6829 0304 Email:

Saturday 11th August - Lightning Ride to Roma - 427km

7.30am DIY Brekky & look around
9.30am Depart Lightning Ridge
(10:15am NSW/Qld Border 65km)
4.00pm Arrive Roma, book into accommodation 195km
5.00pm Rider brief for Sun 12th Aug Roma Aussie Tourist Park camp kitchen
6.00pm Dinner TBA


Roma Motel, 11 Bowen Street Roma QLD
Phone: Lana 07 4622 2288 Email:
15 rooms, $100 up to 3ppl

Roma Aussie Tourist Park, 6 Bowen Street Roma QLD
Phone: Ken on 07 4622 6464 Email:

Sunday 12th August - Roma to Emerald - 403km

7.30am Brekky TBA
9.00am Depart - Roma
3.30pm Arrive - Emerald, settle into accommodation 139km (or via Blackwater 196km all sealed)
6.00pm Dinner - TBC - The Irish Village


Emerald Park Motel, 1 Dundas St, Emerald QLD
Phone: Annie on 07 4982 0885 Email:

Stay On Sullivan, 5 Sullivan St, Emerald QLD
Phone: Matt or Kate on 07 4982 0611 Email:
15 S (or Q) rooms, $65ea.

Emerald Tourist Park, 43 Roberts St Emerald QLD
Phone: 07 4982 1589 Email:

Monday 13th August - Emerald to Winton - 596km

7.30am DIY Brekky in town.
8.30am Depart Emerald
4.00pm Arrive Winton, settle in
6.00pm Dinner - TBA


Boulder Opal Motor Inn, 16 Elderslie Street Winton QLD
Phone: 07 4657 1211 Email:

Matilda Country Tourist Park, 43 Chirnside Street Winton QLD
Phone: 07 4657 1607 Email:

Tuesday 14th August - Winton to Camooweal - 657km

7:00am Brekky - TBA
8:00am Depart Winton
4.30pm Arrive - Camooweal 190km Book into accommodation
6.00pm Dinner - TBA


Post Office Hotel, 39 Barkly Highway Camooweal QLD
Phone: Michelle 07 4748 2124 Email:

7 motel rooms, 3 hotel rooms booked

Camooweal Roadhouse, Barkly Highway Camooweal QLD
Phone: 1800 634 009 Email:

14 motel, 8 budget rooms

Wednesday 15th August - Camooweal to Renner Springs - 583km

7:30am DIY Brekky
8.30am Depart Camooweal
11.30am (different time zone) Lunch/fuel stop - Barkly Homestead


2.00pm Fuel - Warumungu Roadhouse (Tree Ways) 185km
3:30pm Arrive Renner Springs Desert Inn/Roadhouse 138km book in
6.00pm Dinner onsite, $17 burger deal, $32 Beef 'n Barra, or order off the menu


Renner Springs Desert InnStuart Highway Renner Springs NT
Phone: 08 8964 4505 Email:
25 motel rooms/40 beds, plenty of camping

Thursday 16th August - Renner Springs to Mataranka - 513km

8:00am Depart Renner Springs
9:30am Fuel - Daly Waters 245km
12.00pm Arrive Mataranka 168km Book into accommodation, look around
6.00pm Meet up with QLD, SA, VIC and TAS Black Dog Riders and enjoy dinner onsite together


Mataranka Homestead Tourist Resort, Homestead Road Mataranka NT
Phone: 08 8975 4544 Email:

Motel rms $89, or cabins $115, most have dbl/sgl beds.

Friday 17th August - Mataranka to Darwin - 334km

8.00am Depart Mataranka for Katherine 101kms

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

Evening - Casual Sundowner onsite at Club Tropical 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. Remember to book for at least 2 nights.

Saturday 18th August - Darwin

5.30pm Bus to Ride 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 itieneriaries, 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 date and 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.