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National Thunder Motorcycle Rally Tamworth

Organised Rides

The National Thunder Motorcycle Rally will host five organised rides to a range of destinations in the Tamworth region. The five rides will be held on Saturday 4th October and repeated on Sunday 5th October, providing plenty of opportunities for riders to participate and explore the region.

As there is a limit of 100 riders for each ride rally attendees must sign up for a ride to participate.  There is no fee to participate in the organised rides. Sign up for an organised ride when registering for the rally or log in after registering and select a your ride.

All rides will depart from the AELEC at the designated time. All food and beverages on rides are at the riders' own cost.

Morning tea in Manilla

Date: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October

Time: Depart 10.00am and return Midday

Duration:   2 hours including break for morning tea


A short 47km ride to Manilla for morning tea. Manilla has four cafes and a bakery to choose from for your morning coffee and plenty of options for something sweet. Head to Molly May’s, Bella Passion Café, Warm Discussions or The Manilla Bakery. Return to Tamworth along the same route.

Barraba silos and lunch

Date: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October

Time: Depart 10.30am and return 2.30pm

Duration: 3 hours including stops


This 92km ride to Barraba will take riders through Manilla and into Barraba CBD for lunch, with a unique photo opportunity stopover on the outskirts of Barraba to view the Barraba Silos Mural.

Lunch options are The Playhouse Hotel, the heritage listed Commercial Hotel or The Victoria Hotel all located along Barraba’s main street, Queen Street. Queen Street, features remnants of Victorian, Edwardian and art deco architecture and is worth exploring.

Bendemeer via Walcha and Uralla

Date: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October

Time: Depart 9.30am and return 1.45pm

Duration:4 1/4 hours including break for lunch


This longer ride to Bendemeer involves just over 3 hours on the bike and an hour stopover at the Bendemeer Hotel for lunch. Before lunch riders will take on the popular Oxley Highway to Walcha and then head north on Thunderbolts Way to Uralla before heading south again for a bistro lunch.

Bendemeer short ride and lunch

Date: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October

Time: Depart 12.45pm and return 3.15pm

Duration: 2 1/2 hours including break for lunch


Bendemeer is a pretty township located 42km north Tamworth. Lunch at the Bendemeer Hotel, located on the banks of the Macdonald River, then return journey via scenic Moore Creek.

Nundle Hills of Gold

Date: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October

Time: Depart 11.30am and return 2.30pm

Duration: 3 hours including stops


Head south along the New England Highway, turning left onto Garoo Road and Lindsays Gap Road, allowing an hour to reach beautiful Nundle. Click here for more information on Nundle. An hour stopover in Nundle for lunch and to explore Nundle's antique, gift and homewares shops and historic buildings. Options for lunch; The Peel Inn Hotel, Mount Misery Gold Mine Cafe, Cafe Nundle on the Park and Jenkins Street Guest House. Return to rally central via Woolomin and Dungowan with a stopover at Chaffey Dam.

The National Thunder Run

Date: Monday 4 October

Time: Muster at 9am for a 10am departure and return 11.15am

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes approx

Like all good motorbike rallys, this one will finish with a run through the city and surrounds. A fitting way to mark the end of a long weekend of music, food and fun. The National Thunder Run is a 94km loop ride with no stops. There is no limit to number of participating riders however you must be registered to attend the rally to participate in the National Thunder Run. 

Departing AELEC this mass ride will travel through the Tamworth CBD, head south to Werris Creek and then loop back to home to rally headquarters.

Make sure you are part of the National Thunder Run, where bikes of all breeds join forces one last time before farewelling Tamworth.


Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre
503 Goonoo Goonoo Rd
New South Wales Australia 2340

Event Organiser

National Thunder Motorcycle Rally
02 67675555

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All breeds welcome