Congratulations Bernie 25th February to 4th April

Total KM’s 4024

average 126 per day

Total Hours – 252

average 8 hrs per day

Ride days – 32

Total days – 39

News and media

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Congratulations Bernie, You’ve Crossed the Finish Line!

Our Green Machine has done it! President of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, Mr Bernie Durkin has [...]

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The Final Hill To Conquer, Connecting Mittagong To Sydney

As night turns to day once more, Bernie sets off on his final leg into [...]

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Congratulates Green Machine, Mr Bernie Durkin

Tuesday 28 March 2017, is a very special day for Mr Bernie Durkin and the [...]

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There’s Something To Be Said Of The Australian Spirit To Persevere…

Over the weekend our Green Machine powered through the far reaches of country New South [...]

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Part 2: Along The Yellow Dirt Road To Mildura

He has done it! What an achievement! Bernie has finally crossed the Victorian border and [...]

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Part 1: Along The Yellow Dirt Road to Mildura

Another milestone has been reached this week after a long and arduous trek into Mildura, [...]

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Introducing Neighbourhood Watch’s New Digital Community

Over the last 21 days the President of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, Bernie Durkin, has been [...]

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Day 13 Is Certainly Lucky For Some In South Australia…

Day 13 on the road and Bernie was pushing his luck to the limits. Thankfully, [...]

  • Quarter Time For Bernie’s Cross Country Ride

Quarter Time For Bernie’s Cross Country Ride

It’s quarter time for Mr Bernie Durkin as he made the journey today into Eucla [...]

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Ride To Connect The Nullarbor Plain

Welcome to the Nullarbor Plain Bernie! You’ve finally made it to Australia’s largest karst region, [...]

  • Welcome to Western Australia - Wild, Wild, West

Welcome To Western Australia, The Wild, Wild, West

As Bernie nears the end of his first week of riding there is much for [...]

  • Journey With Bernie Cycling Bike Australia

Journey With Bernie As He Pushes Past His Limits

Pushing well and truly past his limits, the brave Executive Manager of Community Engagement for [...]

Neighbourhood Watch ‘pedalling’ the message – “We now have an app”

The President of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia is preparing to set off on a gruelling, solo marathon bike ride across the nation to spread the word about a new community safety smart phone app.

WA’s 98five interview NHWA President Bernie Durkin about his upcoming ride.

Jeziel chats to Bernie Durkin about his upcoming ride from Scarbourough Beach to Bondi to [...]

Pedaling The Message Across Australia With NHWConnect

  At Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, we are putting the pedal to the metal to share [...]

Ride to Connect – keeping Australia Safe

Combining a passion for cycling and a passion for community safety is what has driven Bernie Durkin to undertake the biggest personal challenge of his life. Cycling solo across Australia to promote the importance of keeping Australia safe. 

Bernie, 55, married, a father of two, is the Executive Manager of Community Engagement for Western Australia Police and Director of the state-wide Neighbourhood Watch program. Bernie is the President of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, a collaboration of all member Neighbourhood Watch programs across Australia and New Zealand.

NHWA believes that getting to know your neighbours, those who live around you is one of the simplest and easiest ways to keep yourself and your community safe. Being aware of who lives in your apartment block, house next door or in your street, can enable the identification of unusual activities or traffic movements that may seem suspicious. Joining a NHW Group and working with policing agencies, is an easy way to contribute to ensuring everyone is safe.

Bernie plans to connect as many people as possible through the NHWConnect App (on line NHW group) on his 4,000 km ride from the west to east coasts of Australia. Leaving from Scarborough Beach, WA, on Saturday 25th February, Bernie plans to arrive at Bondi Beach, NSW by Saturday 8th April 2017. Bernie believes by promoting the simple actions of one individual connecting to another he can raise awareness that community safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Bernie is riding solo, with no support vehicle and only a small bike trailer of supplies. He is hoping that friendly road users will assist him by providing him with some water or supplies if he finds himself short of either. Sleeping in a tent, Bernie plans to be as self-sufficient as possible, but hopes the goodwill and community spirit of fellow Aussie’s will help him across the country.

Bernie will be tracked and have his daily safety monitored by NHWA. A blog will be updated three times a week and regular updates will be posted on NHWA Facebook, so that his progress and adventures can be tracked and viewed by you.

Federal Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan, WA Police Assistant Commissioner Duane Bell and other officials will be farewelling Bernie at 8.00am at Scarborough Beach, on Saturday 25th February. We would like to invite you to come and give Bernie a very supportive farewell, as he ventures across our beautiful country. There are more details to follow.

For further information contact: Ingrid Stonhill, CEO NHWA m 0415927526.

Bernie Durkin, NHWA President is cycling solo across Australia, to promote the importance of keeping Australia Safe. Connecting neighbours to neighbours along the way  through Neighbourhood Watch.

Learn more about NHW Connect

Ride to Connect – Itinerary

Date Ride Day From To Road Total Klm
25 February 1 Scarborough Beach Northam National Highway 94 100 up hill
26 February 2 Northam Kellerberrin National Highway 94 205
27 February 3 Kellerberrin Bodallin National Highway 94 323
28 February 4 Bodallin Boorabbin National Highway 94 487
1 March 5 Boorabbin Coolgardie National Highway 94 577
2 March 6 Coolgardie Higginsville (69km short of Norseman) National Highway 94 689
3 March 7 Higginsville Norseman National Highway 94 758
4 March 8 Norseman Fraser Range National Highway 1 858
5 March 9 Fraser Range Turn off to Balladonia National Highway 1 958
6 March 10 Turn off to Balladonia Halfway to Cocklebiddy National Highway 1 1058
7 March 11 Halfway to Cocklebiddy Cocklebiddy National Highway 1 1158
8 March 12 Cocklebiddy Madura National Highway 1 1250
9 March 13 Madura Turn off Mundrabilla National Highway 1 1385
10 March 14 Turn off Mundrabilla Eulca National Highway 1 1475
11 March 15 Eulca Border Village National Highway A1 1487
12 March 16 Border Village Half Way Nullarbor Road House National Highway A1 1607
13 March 17 Half Way Nullarbor Road House Nullarbor Road House National Highway A1 1701
14 March 18 Nullarbor Road House Nundroo National Highway A1 1844
15 March 19 Nundroo Penong National Highway A1 1925
16 March 20 Penong Turn off to Nunjikompita National Highway A1 2060
17 March 21 Turn off to Nunjikompita Poochera National Highway A1 2146
18 March 22 Poochera Kyancutta National Highway A1 2231
19 March 23 Kyancutta Kimba National Highway A1 2321
20 March 24 Kimba Irons Knob National Highway A1 2411
21 March 25 Irons Knob Port Germein National Highway A1 2551
22 March 26 Port Germein
23 March 27 Port Germein Burra Goyder Highway/B64 2687
24 March 28 Burra Spalding Goyder Highway/B64 2781
25 March 29 Spalding Morgan Goyder Highway/B64 2906
26 March 30 Morgan Berri Goyder Highway/B64 3010
27 March 31 Berri Mildura National Highway A20 3165
28 March 32 Mildura
29 March 33 Mildura Euston National Highway A20 3248
30 March 34 Euston Balranald National Highway A20 3328
31 March 35 Balranald Hay National Highway A20 3462
1 April 36 Hay Turn off Darlington Point National Highway A20 3582
2 April 37 Turn off Darlington Point Wagga Wagga Hume Highway/M31 3737
3 April 38 Wagga Wagga
4 April 39 Wagga Wagga Jugiong Hume Highway/M31 3862
5 April 40 Jugiong Gunning Hume Highway/M31 3958
6 April 41 Gunning Bowral Hume Highway/M31 4084
7 April 42 Bowral Liverpool Hume Highway/M31 4168
8 April 43 Liverpool Bondi Beach Hume Highway/A28, M5, Bondi Rd 4212 Finish Line

The itinerary is subject to change. Updates and more details will be provided during the #journey with Bernie.