Black Dog Ride to the Top End 2018

Devonport to Darwin Itinerary

Join your Apple Isle Black Dog Riders and embark upon a 4,250km epic journey of discovery and awareness to the Top End of Australia!

Ride Coordination Team

Ride Coordinator
Richard Brown m: 0429-028-781 e:

Rider Liaison

Please read 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

TAS Leg - Top End 2018 Flyers

This flyer is specific to the TAS 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

Devonport to Darwin 4,250kms
9th - 18th August 2018

Thursday 9th August - Devonport to Port Melbourne - 446kms

Book with Spirit of Tasmania for an overnight trip to Port Melbourne with your bike.

Meet up with fellow Black Dog Riders at Devonport on Thursday afternoon.

View the Google Map of the ride here:

Friday 10th August - Port Melbourne to Mildura - 545kms

Arrive at Port Melbourne. Head to Mildura - 545kms

Meet VIC Black Dog Riders at Golden River Holiday Park.

Community dinner function - TBA

Golden River Holiday Park, 199-205 Flora Avenue, Mildura
Phone: 03 5021 2299 Email:

All Season's Holiday Park, 818 Fifteenth Street, Mildura VIC
Phone: 03 5023 3375

Saturday 11th August - Mildura to Port Augusta - 532kms

8:00am Assemble fuelled and ready for morning briefing at Dan Murphy's Carpark 825 Fifteenth Street
8:30am Depart for Renmark - 137kms, 1 ½ hours
10:00am Arrive in Renmark for morning tea. Parking at Murray Queen Carpark at River end of Renmark Ave
10:30am Depart for Burra - 198kms, 2 hours
12:30pm Arrive in Burra for lunch
1:30pm Depart for Port Augusta - 201kms, 2 ½ hours
4:00pm Arrive in Port Augusta

Community Dinner in BBQ Area at Shoreline Caravan Park. BYO.

Shoreline Caravan Park, Gardiner Ave, Port Augusta West
Phone: (08) 8642 2965 Email:

Standpipe Motor Inn, 3/5 Daw Street, Port Augusta SA
Phone: (08) 8642 4033 Email:

Sunday 12th August - Port Augusta to Coober Pedy - 542kms

9:00am Assemble fuelled and ready for morning briefing in Golf Club Carpark, Draw Street
9:30am Depart for Pimba - 176kms, 1 hour 45 minutes
11:00am Arrive at Spuds Roadhouse in Pimba for morning tea and fuel
11:30am Depart for Glendambo - 112kms, 1 hour 10 minutes
12:40pm Arrive at Glendambo Roadhouse for lunch and fuel.
1:40pm Depart for Coober Pedy - 255kms, 2 hours 36 mins
3:30pm Arrive in Coober Pedy

No group dinner - free night


Radeka Downunder Motel, 1 Oliver St, Coober Pedy SA 5723
Phone: (08) 8672-5223, Email:

Monday 13th August - Coober Pedy to Alice Springs - 688kms

7:00am Assemble fuelled and ready for morning briefing at Radeka motel Carpark.
7:30am Depart for Marla - 235kms, 2 hour 24 minutes
9:55am Arrive in Marla Travellers Rest Roadhouse for morning tea and fuel
10:30am Depart Marla for Kulgera - 181kms, 1 hour 57 minutes
12:30pm Arrive Kulgera Roadhouse for lunch and fuel
2:00pm Depart for Erldunda - 75.3kms, 52 minutes
3:00pm Arrive Erldunda Shell Roadhouse for fuel, afternoon tea
3:30pm Depart for Alice Springs - 200kms, 2 hours
5.30pm Regroup 15 minutes outside town and roll in together
6:00pm - Arrive Alice Springs Sports Ground Carpark for Afternoon Address

No group dinner - free night

Alice Springs Tourist Park, 70 Larapinta Drive, Araluen, NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8952 2547 Email:
They have Double Ensuite Cabin, Ensuite Cabin, and Budget Cabin - no minimum stay on these rooms.
They also have 2 Bedroom Villa, 1 Bedroom King Suite and King Suite - these rooms have a minimum 2 nights stay.

Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park, 25 Palm Place, Ross NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8952 6111
They have the following Deluxe Villa, Villa, Superior Ensuite Cabin, Ensuite Cabin, Cabin, Budget Cabin, and Budget Room at their park.

Wintersun Cabin & Caravan Park, North Stuart Highway & Head Street, Alice Springs NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8952 4080
They have 2 Bedroom Cabins with ensuite, and also Studio Ensuite cabins.

Tuesday 14th August - Alice Springs

10:30am Gather for community event

Free time to rest during the afternoon

Group dinner TBA

Wednesday 15th August - Alice Springs to Tennant Creek - 509kms

7:00am Assemble fuelled and ready for morning briefing at Araluen Cultural Precinct Carpark Larapinta Drv
7:30am Depart for Aileron - 135kms, 1 hour 50 minutes
9:20am Arrive Aileron for morning tea and fuel at Roadhouse
10:00am Depart for Barrow Creek - 170kms, 1 hour 50 minutes
11:50am Arrive at Barrow Creek Roadhouse for fuel and lunch
1.00pm Depart Barrow Creek for Devils Marbles Recreation Area 101 km 1 hour 5 mins
2.05pm Arrive Devils Marbles for Group Photo Shoot, Support Crew afternoon tea and Afternoon address re Evening events
3:00pm Depart Devils Marbles for Tennant Creek - 119kms, 1 hours, 15 minutes
4:15pm Arrive Tennant Creek

Dinner with QLD Black Dog Riders with Tennant Creek Lions. Bus to dinner provided.

Outback Caravan Park, 71 Peko Road, Tennant Creek, NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8962 2459

Safari Lodge Motel, 12 Davidson Street, Tennant Creek, NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8962 2207
Spoke with Leah. They have 6 x Double Bedrooms @ $120 per night
6 X Queen Rooms @ $140 per night
2 X Multi (1 x double, 1 X single) @ $140 per night
3 X Family (1 X double, 2 x single) @ $150 per night
At the moment they are undergoing some changes and they will confirm if this affects bookings in August if and when a booking is made.

Bluestone Motor Inn, 1 Paterson Street, Tennant Creek, NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8962 2617
Spoke with Alesha Bacon. They can offer 40 rooms in total for either the 14th or 15th August.
Standard Room - Queen Bed x 13 @ $160 per night
Standard Room - Queen Bed + Single Beds x 8 @ $160 per night
Deluxe Room - Queen Bed x 12 @ $170 per night
Deluxe Room - Queen Bed + Single Bed x 7 @ $ 170 per night

Eldorado Motor Inn, 217 Paterson Street, Tennant Creek, NT 0870
Phone: (08) 8962 2402

Thursday 16th August - Tennant Creek to Mataranka Springs - 567kms

7:00am Assemble fuelled and ready for morning briefing at Red Rooster/United Fuel station carpark
7:30am Depart for Renner Springs - 161kms, 1 hour 40 minutes
9.10am Arrive in Renner Springs for fuel and morning tea
9.30am Depart for Dunmara - 193kms, 2 hours.
11:30am Arrive at Dunmara Roadhouse - Fuel up only
11.50am Depart for Daly Waters Iconic Outback Town - 55kms, 35 minutes
12:30pm Arrive Daly Waters for Lunch at Bistro and fuel top up.
2:00pm Depart for Mataranka Springs -190kms, 2 hours 20 minutes
4:40pm Arrive Mataranka Homestead, Homestead Rd, Mataranka NT 0852

Casual group dinner on site with QLD and SA Black Dog Riders

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

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.