On the 23rd of June 2018, 6 of us decided to jump on our motorcycles and ride to Darwin and back via Uluru to visit our Top End Chapter brothers and for an amazing experience.
The 6 of ‘us’ included, Bandido Jason 1%er Presidente Australasia, Bandido Rowdy 1%er NVP Australia, Bandido Frank 1%er Nomad Australia, Bandido Levi 1%er Nomad Australia, Bandido Prospect Jay Bayside chapter and Diablo Wedsy North Victoria chapter. We set a timeline of around two and a half weeks for there and back. We decided to leave from Echuca Vic and on the first day made it to Renmark SA which is.
The Second day we had an early, cold and foggy start of 1 degree. We rode all day with minimal stops and we were starting to get into the nothingness. There were Road trains (big trucks) and roadkill on the road and Eagles, Cows, Goats, Kangaroos just off the road in the unfenced paddocks. We road into the night and it seemed like a different world. Every Animal decided to come out and play and we had to come to a quick stop with a pack of goats trying to take us on in the middle of the road. Bandido Jason 1%er went head on with a Hawk, he won. There were crashed cars off the side of the road from where they had hit cows and buffalo. After this we decided to stop for the night, realising we wouldn’t make it far if we continued at night. Everyone got off the bike with a big smile and full of adrenaline from taking on the night desert of Australia. We stopped at a very small town called Glendambo, SA. There was no more luxury of Tv’s or hot showers, but we were having the best time.
The Third day was much like the Day before with miles and miles of empty paddocks, besides the wildlife. We had a goal to reach the Northern Territory by this day and we accomplished it. We made it to a small town called Kulgera, NT. Which is the first pub over the Northern Territory Border. Kulgera only had a pub and service station in the town and plenty of locals, there was no Telephone service. We met the Mayor of the town who was an Aboriginal guy called Jeffrey Mu Mu. He welcomed us in and introduced us to his family. We got photos with the Locals, ate at the pub and had a great time.
The fourth day come and we had already done around 2,800kms and were keen to do more. We stopped at a town called Wycliffe Well, which is the UFO capital of Australia. We went in the service station looking for something to eat and decided to keep moving as the food looked like it had been there since the 1800’s and we weren’t real sure what kind of animal it was...... We rode another 700kms to a town called Tennant Creek, this was the first town with Tv in a few days so we all had a feed and kicked back watching tv for a bit after a big few days of riding. he fourth day come and we had already done around 2,800kms and were keen to do more. We stopped at a town called Wycliffe Well, which is the UFO capital of Australia. We went in the service station looking for something to eat and decided to keep moving as the food looked like it had been there since the 1800’s and we weren’t real sure what kind of animal it was...... We rode another 700kms to a town called Tennant Creek, this was the first town with Tv in a few days so we all had a feed and kicked back watching tv for a bit after a big few days of riding.
On the Fifth day we had a town called Mataranka in our sights, Mataranka had a natural hot springs there so we were all looking forward to that. On the way we stopped at a little well known pub called Daly Waters, by now the weather was hot and we all took our jumpers and jackets off. We had a good feed and kept moving. We made it to Mataranka Springs, checked into our rooms and got straight in the hot springs. All of our bodies instantly felt better. While we were at Mataranka some of the brothers wives met us there. We watched a live band and Australia’s guinness world record holder Nathan Griggs cracking the whip. It was a fantastic night with good company. By making it to Mataranka it meant we only had 400kms left until Darwin so we could take it a bit easier the next day.
On the sixth day we were hesitant on leaving Mataranka so ended up with a bit of a late start. We ended up jumping on the bike and leaving at around 10am with the final destination of Darwin in our sights! We got to a town called Katherine and for the first time of the trip we had a police roadblock in front of us. We were all searched and fu**ed around for a few hours but eventually got back on the road. While in Katherine our Top End Chapter brothers come down to meet us to ride those last few hours together. We were expecting another road block as we rode into Darwin but we didn’t get one which was a bonus!! We had finally made it 4000kms later.
We had a day to Relax and got back on the bikes for Top End Chapters “Roll The Dice”. We met up with brothers from all over Australia. There was also members of the Veterans Mc and a few other Social Clubs. It was a great turnout! We rode through fires, and small mountains and made it to the destination of a natural springs (waterhole). We had a feed, a relax and got back on the bikes for the ride back to the clubhouse. We did a round trip of 300kms. We partied at the clubhouse till early hours of the morning and had a great night ! Bandido Lamo 1%er, Nomad Australia gave us some free entertainment catching deadly Australian snakes and scaring the brothers and women with them......Well done to our brothers from Top End chapter for putting on a great event. Congratulations to the brothers that received new status: Bandido Tubby 1%er - 10 Years Bandido HillBilly 1%er - Full Patch Status.
We had a few days to relax in Darwin with brothers going to Natural Springs, Crocodile shows and checking out the Mindil Night market for the Northern Territory Cracker night (Fireworks). It was nice to be able to relax for a few days before starting the long ride home. We Left Darwin on the 3rd of July, Brothers wives/partners road halfway home with us. We stopped at Mataranka again, visited Devils Marbles and took it easy until we got to Uluru- Ayers Rock on the 6th of July. We stayed at a resort just out from the rock, that night we road to it and climbed it. The rock is over 300 million years old and is 856metres above the sea level. It is a sacred place for the aboriginals and has aboriginal communities all around it. We also did a Helicopter tour over the rock which was amazing. We headed back to our motel and spent the final night with the women before we headed off for the rest of the journey home and they flew home.
After Uluru the big days of riding started again and we had very little stops, one place we did stop at was a Serbian underground church in Cooper Pedy SA, it was pretty wild and would make for a mad clubhouse. That was the last major stop for our journey, after this it was small roadhouses and motels etc.... We got to a town called Stawell, about two hours out of Melbourne and for the first time of the whole trip we got rained on, we had done 8,700kms with no rain so we were pretty lucky. From Stawell it did not stop raining. We rode our bikes straight to Harley Heaven in Melbourne as they were all due for a service..... All up we did 9,000kms. The trip was amazing with great company and one we will never forget. I am looking forward to the next one!!
hasta la próxima vez mis hermanos!
Love, Loyalty, Respect Bandido Levi 1%er, Nomad Chapter, Australia