Don River Community Access Points
As the countdown to the Don River Dash 24 begins and pre-race activities ramp up, we’d like to remind all river users that there are multiple access points to the riverbed. These are utilised by light vehicles, farm machinery, and other heavy machinery and trucks. Please remain vigilant of crossings, pumps, farming equipment, and other recreational users. The Whitsunday Regional Council has kindly provided detailed maps—please take a moment to familiarise yourself with them. A PDF version is available on our website under FAQ.
Stay Safe. Ride Safe. Home Safe.


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Can I buy DRD23 Merch now?

Yes, you can, DRD23 Pre-Sale Merch is available for a short time. Click on the link below.


How do I become a member of the Burdekin Offroaders Club?

Simply click on the URL below and follow the process. If you have any questions, please contact the club.


Where is the Don River Dash held and how do I get there?

The Bowne Rail Company Don River Dash is held in the beautiful Whitsundays town of Bowen, North Queensland. Bowen is 200km south of Townsville and 200km north of Mackay. It is also easily accessible through the Whitsunday Airport which is 1 hour and 12 minutes drive from Bowen.

How do I nominate to race?

Car nominations open July 25th at 9am.

Bike nominations open July 21st at 9am.

For all competitor information, go to the following links: Coming SOON

Where can I find the supplementary regulations?

Find regulations for Bikes & for Cars will be available ASAP!

Is the Don River Dash family friendly?

Absolutely! In fact, it tends to have the ability to bring out the little kid in all of us. We all love watching fast bikes, buggies and cars shooting down the river bed. Choose a favourite and cheer them on! Plus, there is also a chance to get up close and personal with the vehicles!

Is there entertainment over the weekend?

Yes, Watch this space for updates!

Is camping available?

Yes. Competitors are able to camp at the showgrounds. Camping can only be purchased with nominations. Contact  admin@donriverdash.com.au if you have any questions. For spectators other camping sites and caravan parks are available across Bowen. Check out our Stay and Play page for more.

Where can we stay in Bowen if we aren’t camping?

With so many gorgeous beaches to explore, Bowen has plenty of motels, hotels, resorts and other accommodation options to stay in. Check out our Stay and Play page to find the accommodation that suits you best.

Will there be live commentary of the race?

Yes, there will be live commentary via Live Streaming. More info to come!

Where is the best place for spectators to view the race?

While there are multiple areas for people to view the race, there are two purpose-built spectator points that offer prime viewing. The Telegraph Road and Gladstone Park Road spectator areas are set up to catch all the best action. You can find the roads on Google Maps and then follow the signs when you’re close.

Where is the best place for spectators to park?
The showground is closed to parking. However, there are plenty of alternative spaces for parking, including Russells Crossing. Please note the dirt is only suitable for 4WD vehicles. Just follow the signs to find the parking.
Will there be food and drinks?

Yes, on Friday night at the showgrounds there will be a selection of great foods via our BIH EAT Street including the exciting addition of Diablo Co Licensed Bar. On Saturday and Sunday there will be food and beverages available at both spectator areas.

Can competitors pre-run the river?

Yes. The river is a public space so pre-running can be done anytime through the year. Please be mindful there are crossings in the river that are public roads, so be watch for traffic.

Can spectators watch the race in the river bed?

Short answer is NO.

QLD Police will be assisting DRD officials to move all spectators out of the riverbed for the safety of the Competitors and Spectators.

Notice to Spectators: Spectators are warned that Motorsport is dangerous, and accidents can and do happen. All care is taken to protect the public, but spectators are warned that there is a possibility of an accident-causing personal injury, death, economic loss or property damage.

The spectator acknowledges that entry into the vicinity of the event has a degree of danger and that the promoter, clubs, corporations, organisations, participants and other persons having any connection with the promoting, organising or conduct of the event shall have no liability, either in tort or contract, for any personal injury, death, economic loss or loss of property, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, to the spectator except in regard to any rights that spectator may have arising under the Civil Liability Act 2003 (QLD) and the Australian Consumer Law.

Further detailed information available: Standing Regulations.

Can I volunteer?

There are a number of official volunteer roles that we need filled in order to run our event. We would love for you to register as a volunteer. Many hands make light work and without an army of volunteers DRD would not be the success it is. Complete this form, if you have any questions, head to our contact page and we will get back to you asap.

Will there be toilet facilities available?

Yes. Competitor facilities will be located at the Showgrounds. Spectator facilities will be located at Russells Crossing aka Pat McDonnell Earthmoving Spectator Area & Whitsunday Ag Services Spectator area at Gladstone Park Road.

Where can we stay in Bowen?

Upon nominations, competitors can register and pay to stay at DRD HQ (Bowen Showgrounds) Spectators can book accommodation via our website www.donriverdash.com.au by selecting the BOOK HERE button.

Do Bike Riders need to Qualify for the race?


All you need is an MQ Licence. You need to create an account with Ridernet and follow the prompts to obtain a licence.


Is there an age requirement to ride at DRD?

This event is a seniors-only event, you must be over 16 and hold a MQ Senior Licence.


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