Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018

Swan Valley to Darwin Itinerary

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:

Rider, MH and First Aid Liaisons, TEC, Daily Ride Leaders, Community Engagement, Media and Sponsorship Officers
We're recruiting. Contact Laree!

Please read the the Ride FAQs HERE before contacting the Team.


Register for the ride here:

Wednesday 8th August - Swan Valley

Dinner catch up in Swan Valley

Accomodation and Dinner location TBA

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

Arrive in Geraldton, refuel, check in to accomodation

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 - 675kms

Dinner and entertainment at Coral Coast Tourist Park

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 with special guests the Pilbara Motorcycle Sisters!

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!

Small group community activities, stay tuned.

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

6.00pm Dinner at Fitzroy River Lodge

Fitzroy River Lodge 277 Great Northern Hwy, Fitzroy Crossing

Phone: (08) 9191 5141 Email:


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

Please remember to book dinner at the same time as you book a room. Dinner is on site at a bar and bistro but you must book.

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

BBQ Dinner at Big 4 Lake Kununurra with Lions

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

Thursday 16th August - Kununurra to Katherine - 515kms

6.00pm Dinner is on site at Knotts Krossing bar and bistro area.

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

Friday 17th August - Katherine to Darwin - 317kms

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

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.