Black Dog Ride to visit Ceduna

RIDE: This year's Black Dog Ride's 'Around Australia Ride 2019' marks the 10th anniversary since Steve Andrews' first solo ride around Australia. Picture: Roger Clark, ENVY Photography

RIDE: This year's Black Dog Ride's 'Around Australia Ride 2019' marks the 10th anniversary since Steve Andrews' first solo ride around Australia. Picture: Roger Clark, ENVY Photography

A group of motorcycle enthusiasts are preparing to get on their bikes for a ride around Australia to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.

The Black Dog Ride's 'Around Australia Ride 2019' departs from Busselton in Western Australia on July 26 and loops around the country for a month starting conversations about mental health.

More than 30 riders have already signed up for the full lap and they will cover 15,696 kilometres over 35 days, stopping in a number of towns and engaging with communities.

The group will make its way from Madura Pass in Western Australia to Ceduna on Monday, July 29, before leaving the next morning for Port Augusta.

Coordinator Jon Benham said the ride was an important event.

"The ride is about starting conversations and reducing stigma," he said.

"Nothing starts conversations better than a large group on bikes roaring into town - people want to know what we are doing, and it starts conversations.

"We do some fundraising, but the primary objective is to get people talking about mental health."

The ride will mark the 10th anniversary of the first solo ride around Australia undertaken by Black Dog Ride Australia's founder Steve Andrews.

In honour of the occasion the ride will start and finish in his home town of Busselton.

Mr Benham said they will be joined along the way for a certain period by other riders.

"As we go to each state and territory we will be joined by groups of state riders, who will be with us for a bit - some are riding for one day, some for three," he said.

"People can join up along the way whenever they want and registrations will be open throughout the entire ride."

Mr Benham said the group would be speaking at schools, with emergency services groups and community members along the way.

"That is part of the whole process," he said.

"We engage with community groups and hear their stories, and what affects their region."

People can register for the ride and find out more information at www.blackdogride.org.au.