Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018

Moreton Bay to Darwin Itinerary

Join dozens of Black Dog Riders from the Sunshine State and embark upon a 3,900km epic journey of discovery and awareness to the Top End of Australia!

Ride Coordination Team

Ride Coordinator
Michael Young m: 0411-692-748 e:
Rider Liaison

Please read the Ride FAQs HERE before contacting the Team.


Register for the ride here:

Moreton Bay to Darwin 3,853kms

Saturday 11th August - Old Petrie Town to Bundaberg - 340kms

7.30am Arrive for brekky, coffee, catch up, at Old Petrie Town Village, 901 Dayboro Rd, Kurwongbah

9.30am Depart for Bundaberg via Gympie


Sunday 12th August - Bundaberg to Mackay - 623kms

Via Rockhampton and Gladstone


Monday 13th August - Mackay to Charters Towers - 525kms

Via Bowen and Townsville


Tuesday 14th August - Charters Towers to Mt Isa - 769kms

Via Hughendon and Julia Creek


Wednesday 15th August - Mt Isa to Tennant Creek - 665kms

Communal Lunch provided by SES

Via Camooweal and Barkly Homestead

Dinner with VIC and TAS Black Dog Riders with Tennant Creek Lions. Bus to dinner provided.


Thursday 16th August - Tennant Creek to Mataranka - 570kms

Assemble and meet all riders, prepare for escort to Darwin

Dinner - Casual dinner with Black Dog Riders from QLD, VIC, TAS and SA

Mataranka Homestead, Homestead Rd, Mataranka NT 0852
Phone: (08) 8975 4544, Email:

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

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.