PSYCHS ON BIKES BIG RIDE
In May 2021, Psychs on Bikes will set out on an adventure across Australia. 22 riders. 16,000 kms. 12 Cattle Stations. Community events. Health professional idea exchanges. And a roaring good time!
This ride is so big we have to do it in three stages.
Stage 1 gets our riders out of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and meeting in central Queensland.
Stage 2 sees our PoB Crew visit cattle stations across central Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Stage 3 will see the riders sticking with it ride back to the east coast via Perth and South Australia. Epic.
Big Ride Itinerary
STAGE 1: GETTING TO CENTRAL QLD
Saturday May 1st
The Melbourne riders leave Melbourne and head to Narrendera.
Melbourne riders continue Narrandera to Nyngan. Sydney riders leave Sydney and join the Melbourne riders in Dubbo.
Monday May 3rd
Nyngan to Cunnamulla. Today the Brisbane contingent leave Brisbane and ride to overnight in Roma.
Cunnamulla Primary Health Care Centre & the Central Queensland PHN will host Psychs on Bikes for a dinner with local service providers. It's an opportunity to exchange ideas, mental health practices and network after a hard day's riding.
Cunnamulla to Blackall. But before they leave Cunnamulla Primary Health Care Centre with Psychs on Bikes are hosting a free community breakfast.
All the riders will meet with the Brisbane contingent in Augathella and ride on to Blackall together.
Blackall to Longreach via Isis Downs. Near Isisford we’ll visit our first cattle station Isis Downs Station.
Our PoB Crew will have their first opportunity to share their talks, answer any questions, discuss concerns and offer staff head and body checks.
We don't stay here though. We ride on to Longreach as we have an early start tomorrow.
Longreach to Kynuna via Winton.
An early start as the team meets with local health professionals for an idea exchange of mental health practices.
We ride on to Winton where the Shire of Winton is hosting a community BBQ.
From here it's a short trip to Kynuna.
The Blue Heeler Hotel in Kynuna where the local pastoralists are invited for a free BBQ dinner with the Psychs on Bikes and sponsored by the Sisters of the North. The conversations and good times will run freely here!
Kyuna to Mt Isa via Cloncurry.
At each Big Ride, Psychs on Bikes organises a CPD session where we ask our riders and in this case local health professionals to share their mental health insights. It is a lively, interactive event that is usually a highlight of the ride.
PART 2: VISITS TO THE CATTLE STATIONS
Saturday May 8th
Today we congregate in Mt Isa for a briefing, then ride 200km on the Barkley Highway to Camoweel. Rocklands Station is about 10 km down the road.
Rocklands Station is our second cattle station stop and will see us present and offer PoB head and body checks to all interested station staff. After dinner we'll hitch a lift back to Camoweel.
A big ride today as the PoB Crew head down the Tablelands Highway to the second biggest station in the country, Brunette Downs. We get our bearings and stay the night.
Monday May 10th
This will be a big day. Brunette Downs will host Psychs on Bikes, and staff from neighbouring cattle stations including Alexandria, Anthony Lagoon, Eva Downs, Mittiebah and others.
Brunette Downs to Helen Springs.
One more cattle station stop today before we call it a night in Renner Springs.
Helen Springs to Newcastle Waters Station.
After offering staff PoB presentations, discussions, head and body checks, we'll be staying overnight here.
Newcastle Waters Station to the Historic Daly Waters Pub.
Before we leave we have the privilege of speaking with the local Newcastle Waters School. We know the kids are already excited about seeing all the motorbikes!
From here we head to Elliot for a community BBQ lunch hosted by the local Barkly Council and the Elliot Health Centre. We'll be offering free health checks to locals.
Our second mammoth day as neighbouring cattle stations have been invited to visit us at the Daly Waters Pub. So far we have Kalala and Tanumbirini Stations, and Amungee Mungee Station.
Daly Waters Pub to Katherine via Mataranka Springs.
Tonight we have the honour of being hosted by Dolly's Dream. Dolly's Dream is an organisation borne out of tragedy, but now with a mission to start and maintain a nationwide conversation about the devastating effects of bullying.
Katherine to Darwin.
They'll be back-slapping and beer-drinking. Unfortunate Psychs who have to get back to work might have to fly out of Darwin that day. The Psychs who intend to continue with the circumnavigation will leave the next day and we’ll have a lay-day within the next few days to rest their sore bottoms.
PART 3: DARWIN TO SYDNEY VIA PERTH
Two full days in Darwin to have bikes serviced etc.
Darwin to Katherine stopping on the way at Litchfield National Park to see the waterfalls.
Katherine to Kununurra.
After Kununurra a few riders may choose to go down the Gibb River Road, which is all dirt and 660km long ...
Kununurra to Halls Creek, stopping at the Bungle Bungles.
Halls Creek to Derby.
Derby to Broome and dinner on Cable Beach.
Monday May 24th
Broome to Port Hedland.
Port Hedland to Nanutarra Roadhouse.
Nanutarra to Exmouth.
Today some of our PoB Crew will swim with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. They are arriving right in the middle of the whale shark season. Francisco has kindly offered to stay back and take care of the bikes.
Exmouth to Carnarvon.
Geraldton to Perth.
Monday May 31st - 1st Jun
Two full days in Perth to have bikes serviced.
Perth to Hyden.
Here our PoB crew will see Wave Rock and the natural features around it.
Hyden to Kalgoorlie.
At Kalgoorlie they'll look into the Big Pit, 500 metres deep.
In Kalgoorlie the plan is to hire 4WDs and do the 400km round trip to see the iconic sculptures on Lake Ballard.
Kalgoorlie to Balladonia on the Nullarbor (via Norseman). It’s where the American satellite crashed.
Balladonia to Eucla.
Monday Jun 7th
Eucla to Ceduna.
Ceduna to Port Lincoln.
Would you believe the PoB Crew will now cage dive with great white sharks? What a way to finish off the trip!
From here riders will begin their ride back to reality ...
Thank you for the memories!
Big Ride Crew
Riding for mental health