Bonus Downs Get-Together: 21 – 22 May 2019

18th to 26th May 2019. Block out that week in your diary!

The 2019 get-together will be at Bonus Downs, near Mitchell QLD.

If you’re new to NAR, this is our annual big ride and get-together. The basic idea is to form or join a group and start riding on Saturday 18th May, meet up and rest on the nights of Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd at Bonus Downs, and start riding home on Thursday to get home by Sunday 26th. Or something like that, depending on where you are.

Yes, you can invite your mates to register and come along!

Ride Groups

If you’re looking for ride company, contact us on before registering, or just register and we’ll find you a ride group later.

At this stage we have ride groups starting in Adelaide, Coonabarabran, Goulburn, Hunter Valley, Melbourne (one group on a long ride via SA starting 6th May, and possibly another more direct group), Sydney and Townsville.

Details on Les Gardner’s ride from Sydney / Bathurst, and Warren Sakey’s ride from Newcastle are shown at the bottom of this page.

Bonus Downs

Bonus Downs has great facilities and plenty to do. Or do nothing.

Here’s the Bonus Downs website and here’s their brochure (PDF).

Here’s info on the nearby Great Artesian Spa.

Camping and hearty meals from Tuesday evening until Thursday morning will cost $200.

You can upgrade to sleep in the shearing shed when you get there, if you like.

There will be a few beds available when registering, at extra cost.

We’ve arranged for pre-ordered cold beer to be delivered to the Station’s cool rooms.

Finally, here’s a map…

Les Gardner’s ride from Sydney / Bathurst

Saturday 18 May – Sydney / Bathurst to Walcha, 500km. Accommodation New England Hotel/Motel, 02 6777 2532. Mention Les Gardner.
Sydney start from service station, Wisemans Ferry at 8:30 am ready to ride – advise Wayne Croker 0417 446 116.
Bathurst starters contact Les Gardner 0438 155 143. Bathurst and Sydney riders will meet at Nundle.

Sunday 19 May – Walcha to Woodenbong, 540km of great riding. Accommodation and the best Prawn Laksa you will ever taste at Woodenbong Hotel, 02 6635 1275. Mention Les Gardner.

Monday 20 May – Woodenbong to Tara, 420 km including 14 crossings on Condamine River Road. Accommodation Commercial Hotel, 07 4665 3214. Mention Les Gardner.

Tuesday 21 May – Tara to Bonus Downs, 370 km.

Wednesday 22 May – Bonus Downs.

Thursday 23 May – Bonus Downs to Collarenabri, 420 km. Tattersalls Hotel, 02 6756 2662. Mention Les Gardner.

Friday 24 May – Collarenabri to Spring Ridge, 460km. Royal Hotel, 02 6747 3933. Mention Les Gardner.

Saturday 25 May – Spring Ridge to Sydney / Bathurst, 400km.


Warren Sakey’s ride from Newcastle

Starting Friday 17 May from Newcastle, heading north via the coastal ranges, then into Qld via Killarney, Millmerran to Bonus Downs. Return trip via inland route including Lightning Ridge. Contact Warren Sakey 0438 285 366.