The Bright Smiles Charity Ride is a four night and 4 day bitumen ride, and most days the ride is split into several "sections", aimed at providing participants with the chance to stretch their legs every couple of hours (max).
To make things a little more comfortable for riders, a luggage car is provided to enable you to take a suitcase without loading up your bike too much.
Details of accommodation along the way are contained in the Entry Form on the "How To Enter" page.
COVID-19 and the 2020 Bright Smiles
Charity Ride, and FAQ’s
On Sunday, the Australian government announced further restrictions to more effectively reduce the transmission of COVID-19 across the country. Part of this is the suspension of non-essential travel. Given the speed at which the landscape around is evolving and to avoid any ongoing uncertainty, I have decided to cancel the BSCR scheduled for 30th April, with immediate effect.
Whilst now more than ever, the Flying Doctor needs funds to support their work, the health and safety of our participants and the rural communities we support are ours and the RFDS utmost priority.
THE 2020 BRIGHT SMILES CHARITY RIDE ROUTE
2020 sees the Bright Smiles Charity Ride enter its fifth successful year raising funds for the
Royal Flying Doctor Service South-Eastern Section Dental Program.
Our intention with the 2020 ride is to visit some of the NSW & Victorian country towns
that were severely impacted by the bushfires over Christmas. We have designed the ride
to visit some of the tiny towns that have only just managed to survive, and to meet and chat
with the locals who have come out the other side of the tragedy. Let’s make sure our country cousins know we care about them, and we want to support them financially where we can. (Perhaps start your Christmas shopping on this trip?)
WELCOME DRINKS & DINNER
Thursday evening 30th April. The fun begins with welcome drinks and dinner at the Headlands Austinmer Beach Hotel. The Illawarra region has much to offer the visitor, and you are strongly encouraged to have a look-see around the district before checking into the Hotel and joining us for pre-dinner drinks from 6:30 pm.
Accommodation in Austinmer – the Headlands Hotel have a range of rooms and they have offered us the discounted rate of $195 per standard room. If you wish to stay at Headlands contact them on 02 4200 1099 and mention the “Bright Smiles Charity Ride” to obtain your discount.
Friday 1st May – Austinmer to Tathra 408 kms 5 hours 20 minutes (est.) riding time.
After a few short minutes riding we hit the exhilarating hills, twists and turns of the Great Dividing Range. We head up the Macquarie Pass and through Babe’s hometown of Robertson to the picturesque Moss Vale, and then along the southern fringes of the Sutton Forest through the villages of Exeter, Bundanoon and Wingello to Marulan. From Marulan we head south via Bungonia and Tarago to meet the Kings Highway between Bungendore and Braidwood, then down and through the bushfire ravaged Clyde Mountain and Batemans Bay to Mogo. Mogo was decimated by the bushfires at Christmas time, and it will be humbling to observe their rebuilding efforts when we visit their new “pop-up town” and chat to some of the locals over lunch.
From Mogo it is a relatively short but an unbelievably spectacular, world class ride, down the coastal road from Narooma, through the burnt-out surrounds of Wallaga Lake and Bermagui to our resting spot tonight, the beachside hamlet of Tathra.
Accommodation in Tathra – like many coastal towns the accommodation providers in Tathra normally have a 2-night minimum stay requirement, but as soon as we mentioned fund-raising for the Royal Flying Doctor Service both the Tathra Hotel and the Big 4 Holiday Park agreed to remove their restrictions.
We are holding rooms at both location (doubles, twin shares and some suites, all with ensuites) across a wide range of budgets. Let me know what you want, and I will handle the bookings on your behalf, and you can pay the venue direct. There is a courtesy bus to get us to dinner from these locations.
(Feel free to book outside of these locations if you wish.)
Saturday 2nd May – Tathra to Mallacoota 315 kms 4 hours (est.) riding time.
A slightly shorter day in the saddle today, giving those a little more adventurous the time to add on a couple of side roads if they wish. For those less adventurous, you can enjoy a sleep in, or maybe spend some more time to smell the roses along the ride.
We head back up into the Great Dividing Range, over the mountains and through the heavily timbered forests that were so badly burnt only a few short months ago. We travel through Bega, Candelo and Bombala, and then we enjoy an incredibly eerie and spooky ride through burnt-out mountain ranges and forests down to Cann River for lunch. After lunch we head to the scene of Australia’s largest peacetime naval evacuation effort, Mallacoota, for the night.
Accommodation in Mallacoota – our dinner tonight will be at the pub in the main street, and I have taken the liberty of reserving the last remaining rooms at the motel attached to the pub, and a further 10 rooms at the Silver Bream Motel, in the heart of town. Like Tathra, let me know what you room(s) you want, and I will handle the bookings on your behalf, and you can pay the venue direct.
(Feel free to book outside of these locations if you wish.)
Sunday 3rd May – Mallacoota to Tumut 425 kms 5 hours (est.) riding time.
Again, today we continue our theme of traveling through and visiting areas and towns that suffered so badly at the hands of the Christmas bushfires. Today is a ride of three distinctive parts - from Mallacoota we take a side road (much) less travelled through the forests back to Bombala, and then the countryside opens up for us as we head into Cooma and on to Adaminaby. From Adaminaby we cross into the Kosciuszko National Park, riding past the turn-off to the burnt-out Mt Selwyn Snow Resort, through Kiandra (1,400 metres above sea level) and past Talbingo and Blowering Dam to Tumut. Here we are literally a stone’s throw from Batlow & Tumbarumba, who both incurred significant losses during the fires.
Accommodation in Tumut – our dinner tonight will be at the Oriental Hotel in the main street. There is a little pressure on rooms due to the local “festival of the falling leaf”, so I have placed a hold on 15 rooms spread across Harriet House, the Elms Motor Inn and the Ashton Motel – each motel is within between 50 metres and 300 metres walk of the Oriental.
Let me know what you room(s) you want, and if you have a motel preference and I will handle the bookings on your behalf, you can pay the venue direct.
Monday 4th May – Tumut to Bundanoon 290 kms 3 hours 20 minutes (est.) riding time.
Today we turn our heads for home, travelling via Gundagai and Yass to our lunch stop at Bundanoon, in the Southern Highlands. The roads are again a mixture today, providing us with a little bit of everything as we start to wind down from our adventure. We will have plenty of time to reflect on the positive things we have achieved this weekend, not only for the RFDS Dental Program, but also for the small towns and hamlets we have visited along the way.
Most, but not all, participants in the BSCR hail from Sydney or Newcastle, and our lunchtime finish at Bundanoon gives everybody the chance to be home in time to iron out the kinks before dinner.
HOW TO ENTER
For full details of the cost of participating in the event, and to download an entry form, please click on this link: https://www.brightsmilescharityride.com.au/how-to-enter
If you come along on the 2020 BSCR, not only will you enjoy some fantastic motorcycling roads and the great camaraderie of a small group of like-minded people. You will also spend four days travelling through countryside that has been subjected to the worst bushfire season in recorded history. You will leave a smile on people’s faces, and you will inject much needed money into cash-strapped local economies that will take many years to recover to pre bushfire levels.
As well as the dollars you spend on your petrol, your accommodation, your meals and your drinks, you might buy a few raffle tickets in one of the pubs, maybe a tea towel or two in a local store, and perhaps a birthday present for one of your family.
However much or however little you spend doesn’t matter – the fact that you made the effort and showed you care, has meant the world to the locals.