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.
THE 2020 BRIGHT SMILES CHARITY RIDE ROUTE
2021 sees the Bright Smiles Charity Ride enter its sixth successful year raising funds for the
Royal Flying Doctor Service South-Eastern Section Dental Program.
Our intention with the 2021 ride is to visit some of the NSW & Victorian country towns
that were severely impacted by the bushfires over Christmas 2019. 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?)
((Accommodation – whilst all meals have been paid for in your disbursements fee, you are responsible to book your own accommodation, at your own expense. Each night we will tell you where dinner is booked, and we will provide you with a recommendation for a suitable motel. You are free to make your own accommodation bookings to suit your budget and (hopefully) within walking distance of the restaurant.))
WELCOME DRINKS & DINNER - Thursday evening 29th April 2021
Our now traditional welcome drinks and dinner on the Thursday night is at Briars Country Lodge Burradoo where we have negotiated discounted rates for the various accommodation options, which also includes a full breakfast. Contact Briars Country Lodge on 02 4868 3566 or email them at email@example.com to make your booking, and of course mention the Flying Doctor Bright Smiles Ride to receive the discount.
DAY 1 – Friday 30th April 2021 Burradoo to Tathra – 480 km approx 6 ½ hours riding
After a few short minutes riding we hit the exhilarating hills, twists and turns of the Great Dividing Range. To get our thrill fix ASAP, we will hit the roads towards the coast, head down the Macquarie Pass, south through Jamberoo and then east through Babe’s hometown of Robertson to the picturesque Moss Vale. Then we follow the southern fringes of the Sutton Forest through the villages of Exeter, Bundanoon and Wingello to Goulburn. From Goulburn 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 2019, and it will be humbling to observe their rebuilding efforts - perhaps stop for a coffee and chat with some of the locals.
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.
Friday night dinner as at FAT TONY’s and I have been in contact with the BIG4 Tathra, who have agreed to a one-night booking for us. They have Ensuite Cabins, 2 BR Ensuite Cabins and Family Polynesian Cabins available. If you wish to stay at BIG4 phone 02 6494 1350, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 2 – Saturday 1st May 2021 Tathra to Mallacoota – 427 km approx 6 hours riding
If we were to travel straight down the highway, we would be at Mallacoota in time for morning tea, BUT – we have other plans that will see us arrive later this afternoon.
We leave Tathra and head up the Great Divide to Bombala, and then we head through the heavily forested Snowy River National Park to Orbost and then Marlo for lunch, on the edge of Bass Strait. From Marlo we head north-east, following the Princes Highway through Cann River, arriving at Mallacoota after 427 km and six hours riding time.
On Saturday night in Mallacoota dinner is at the pub.
I am staying at, and I recommend the Silver Bream Motel (270 metres away from the pub). Leonie at the Silver Bream has asked me to take responsibility for all of the bookings and payments for the night. If you would like a room, ring/email me and I will get you on the master list. I charge you and I pay her is how Leonie wants it.
Day 3 – Sunday 2nd May Mallacoota to Tumut. Option #1 – 420 km approx 5 hours riding. Option #2 – 550 km approx 6 ¾ hours riding
We have 2 options for riders today – the first option being via Bombala, Cooma, over the roof of Australia through Adaminaby and Yarrangobilly to Tumut – approximate 420 km of riding taking around 5 hours.
The second option is slightly longer, and a lot more twisty. Via Bombala, Cooma and Jindabyne, then Thredbo, around Mt Kosciusko through Khancoban and Tumbarumba to Tumut. That option is around 550 km and is expected to take 6 ¾ hours.
Winter is coming, so I strongly suggest you pack your wooly undies, regardless of which option you take.
We will have dinner tonight at the best Chinese Restaurant in Tumut, the Wing Cheng in the main street. There are lots of motels within walking distance, and the restaurant is directly across the road from the Ashton Motel, where I have booked myself a room. The Ashton’s contact details are 02 6947 1999 or email@example.com
Day – Monday 3rd May Tumut to Bowral – 380 km approx 4 ¼ hours riding
We drop down the final stages of the Great Dividing Range this morning, and cross the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai. From there we pass through very different countryside from the past few days, through the grain and sheep country around Harden, Boorowa to Goulburn, and then on the minor roads paralleling the Hume Motorway through Sutton Forest to lunch at Bowral.
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 2021 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.