Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 Logo


Busselton to Hobart - 4113kms
28th October - 6th November

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!

Ride Coordination Team

Please read the ride FAQs here before contacting your coordinator.

To update your registration information, contact

For more info about the WA leg of Tasmania 2017, contact

Ride Registration

Before registering, please read the Ride FAQs here.

Please allow half an hour to register. You will need to let us know your -

• Name, Address, Phone, Email, Date of Birth, Payment Detials
• Next of Kin Name, Phone and Address (Don't use your pillion!)
• Your bike Make, Model and Rego Number
• Your bike dimensions for the ferry if it's a trike, sidecar or has a trailer
• Start and end points if a Night Rider
• Medical information to help us help you in case of accident or emergency
• Dietary Requirements

This information is kept confidential by Black Dog Ride and only shared with State Coordinators, then shared with Support Crew during the ride. The information you provide helps us ensure you have a safe and enjoyable ride, and that we are able to support you should an accident or other emergency arise.

If you're unable to ride the whole distance with us, you can register as a Night Rider and join WA riders from Busselton to Esperance or Norseman inclusive. Simply complete the relevant details on the registration form.

Registration as a Rider for the full Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 includes the following:

• Your entry to the organised ride
• Your ferry passage TO Tasmania but NOT the return
• The security of a Support Vehicle with bike trailer en route to Hobart
• Rider Kit including commemorative BDR patch and stickers for your bike
• The Hobart Welcome Luncheon at Blundstone Arena
• The Ride Finale Dinner at Blundstone Arena

Black Dog Ride will arrange and inform riders of reasonably priced accomodation for every leg, generally discounted for Black Dog Riders.

Community organisations may be providing low cost yummy meals almost every day, but meal costs (other than the Hobart formal meals) are not included in registration costs.

Spirit of Tasmania Ferry Booking - IMPORTANT!

To move 400 Black Dog Riders and their bikes 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. During Ride Registration, you will need to choose the ferry accomodation option you prefer, however places are limited and it is first in best dressed.

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.

Register for the WA Leg of Tasmania 2017 here:

The Cause

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.

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.

Fundraise links coming soon, stay tuned!

Busselton to Hobart - 4113kms

The itinerary listed below will be continually updated. Please check back often.

Saturday 28th October - Busselton to Denmark 325kms

Start Point - Meet at Busselton Bowls Club for brekky

End Point - Denmark, with a great night's entertainment planned by local riders!

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Sunday 29th October - Denmark to Esperance 532kms

Start Point - Denmark WA

End Point - Esperance WA

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Monday 30th October - Esperance to Madura Pass 732kms

Night Riders head home at either Esperance or Norseman

Start Point - Esperance WA

Via - Norseman WA for morning tea before cruising the great Eyre Highway

End Point - Madura Pass WA

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon

Tuesday 31st October - Madura Pass to Ceduna 674kms

Start Point - Madura Pass WA

End Point - Ceduna SA

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Wednesday 1st November - Ceduna to Port Augusta 471kms

Start Point - Ceduna SA

Via - Wudinna for morning tea

End Point - Port Augusta SA

Meet NT Riders and enjoy dinner together.

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Thursday 2nd November - Port Augusta to Mildura 532kms

NT Night Riders depart ride.

Start Point - Port Augusta SA

End Point - Mildura VIC

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Friday 3rd November - Mildura to Bendigo 410kms

Start Point - Mildura VIC

End Point - Bendigo VIC

Accomodation location and community activities coming soon!

Saturday 4th November - Bendigo to Port Melbourne 155kms

Start Point - Bendigo VIC

Arrive Melbourne for community lunch - TBA

6.30pm Arrive at Spirit of Tasmania terminal to book in, load motorcycles on ferry

9.00pm Spirit of Tasmania departs for Devonport with WA and NT Riders

Sunday 5th November - Devonport to Hobart 282kms

9.00am Disembark in Devonport and enjoy breakfast at Cherry Shed Café and Gift Shop, 243 Gilbert Street, Latrobe

End Point - Hobart TAS

Arrive at Blundstone Arena in Hobart at 2.00pm to meet all Black Dog Riders with a Welcome Luncheon.

Free night in town with Black Dog Riders!


Seven Mile Beach Cabin Parks & Camping
Phone: (03) 6248 6469 Email:
Address: 12 Aqua Place, Seven Mile Beach

Barilla Holiday Park & Camping
Phone: (03) 6248 5453 Email:
Address: 75 Richmond Rd. Cambridge

Remember to book for 2 nights! Please let them know you're with Black Dog Ride to receive any applicable discounts.

Monday 6th November - Hobart

Community activity with all Black Dog Riders in the morning.

6.00pm Finale Dinner at Blundstone Arena. Buses pickup and drop off at accomodation points.

After dinner the organised part of Black Dog Ride to Tasmania 2017 is finished. You are free to stay on in Hobart, tour the region, head home or continue travelling.

Important Ride Notes

  • Please note that times and distances contained in the Itinerary are estimates only and you are free to travel at your own pace and times.
  • 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 except Hobart lunch and dinner, 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