Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 Logo

27th October - 6th November 2017

Black Dog Riders in every state and territory depart in October to ride throughout regional Australia, raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention, culminating in a national meet up in the Apple Isle!

The Ride

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!

The Cause

Suicide a tragic national health issue. The statistics are staggering:

• Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australians under the age of 45
• 8 Australians take their lives every single day, that's one life lost every 3 hours.
• It is estimated that there is a suicide attempt every ten minutes in Australia
• Men in regional locations experience higher rates of suicide than the national average
• 1 in 5 Australians will experience mental illness every year
• Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in Australia
• Depressive disorders are the most common identifiable risk factor for suicide

Black Dog Ride will be engaging hundreds of communities nationwide, in the lead up to and during the Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017. Our mission is simple but life saving - to start conversations about mental health. Feeling safe and comfortable enough to reach out for support is the first step to managing mental illness and preventing suicide.

In 2017, Black Dog Ride will be focusing on raising awareness of mental illness and suicide amongst ex-service, veterans and emergency workers. We aim to break down barriers to conversations around mental health amongst the very people who are helping us in our times of need but whose own mental wellbeing is often overlooked.


The Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 will focus our fundraising efforts towards raising funds to train ex-service, veterans and emergency workers in Mental Health First Aid. Being trained in MHFA will help ex-service, veterans and emergency workers identify when a colleague is experiencing a mental health, crisis and give them the tools to respond appropriately.

Black Dog Ride hopes to train 1,000 ex-service, veterans and emergency workers in MHFA and we'll need $300,000 to achieve this mental health milestone! We encourage all Black Dog Riders to take up the cause to help us address the rising rate of mental illness and suicide amongst our ex-service, veterans and emergency workers.

The fundraising and donation portals wil be live soon, stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

We've put compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions here:

Please browse them to see if your question is answered there, before contacting us. Thank you.

Itineraries, Contacts, Accomodation, Registrations

Click on the Ride Locations below to find out more about registering for the ride starting in your region, ride coordinator contact details, and itineraries.

NSW & ACT | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

Ferry Options


To move 400 Black Dog Riders and their motorcycles 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.

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.

Ride Merchandise

In the weeks following the launch of Tasmania 2017, Black Dog Ride will be in touch with registered riders to offer a range of Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 merchandise for sale. These items are limited to registered riders only.

Bike Shipping from Hobart

If time is short and you need to get back home straight after the ride, BDR supporters BikesOnly are offering a fantastic deal to freight your bike from Hobart.

The date isn't locked in yet, but we envisage the pick up Hobart to be Tuesday 7th or Wednesday 8th November at a central point in Hobart.


PERTH $750

Contact Manelle and the BikesOnly Team on (07) 3219-7000 or, let them know you're a Black Dog Rider and provide the following information -

Full Name, Contact Phone Number, Make, Model, Colour and Rego of bike

Panniers, top box and small gear bag only to travel with bike. Keys must travel with bike as per quarantine regulations. Bikes with alarms must be disabled otherwise battery will be flat upon delivery.

Prices are per bike and includes GST. Prices, which include transit insurance, and are to depots in each destination. 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". They only require payment 2 weeks prior to pick up so you can book now to secure the space.