About the Ride

Banish The Black Dog



The ride departs Townsville on the Saturday morning to cycle through the cane fields and crops of the magnificent Burdekin region of North Queensland to the Ayr Showgrounds. There, riders will be able to camp out on the broad, shaded lawns. That evening there will be light entertainment.  On Sunday morning we return to Townsville via a different route which passes around the base of Mount Elliot. Cyclists travel at their nominated speed in a small group supported by a group leader and two support vehicles. Meals and transport of camping and overnight gear is provided.  The round trip for the ride is in the order of 260km. A compulsory briefing will be held on the Friday evening prior to the ride.


The Townsville Central Rotary Club had the vision to target mental health issues and support healthier minds, bodies and communities through the Banish the Black Dog Charity Bike Ride.  The inaugural ride was held in 2009 and received magnificent support with 85 riders.  The number of riders has grown over the years and we have raised a substantial amount for the research of mental health issues and support for local mental health organisations.  In 2017 we hope to boost that total even further.

Ride Date:

May 27th & Sunday 28th 2017

Registration Fee:


Fundraising Target (minimum):


Distance and Trip Duration:

260kms over 2 days

Physical Capability:

A level of fitness to be able to cycle up to 8 hours at a minimum speed of 20kph for 2 days


Camping at the Ayr Showgrounds (BYO camping gear). Covered space available in the Ayr Cyclone Shelter (concrete floor; mattress/stretcher recommended!).

What is Provided?
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Ride jersey
  • Bike Mechanic
  • Support Vehicles
  • Camping Fees
  • Sunscreen
  • Live music in camp
  • Cash bar with the cheapest prices in the Burdekin
  • A fun weekend
Event Briefing (compulsory):

Friday, 26 May, 6:30pm

Questions? Check out the FAQs