The Long Way Around Down Under

By The Long Way Around Down Under

My family has been sponsoring a child through The Smith Family for two years now. 

For the last three years I also volunteer as a Mentor in the  iTrack program

For my 50th Birthday in 2021, I am circumnavigating Australia on a motorcycle in 50 days. 

That's 15,000kms on Highway 1, five of us over 50 days to celebrate 50 years of living.

For the trip, I’ve decided to fundraise in support of The Smith Family to make a difference to the lives of Australian children living in poverty. The Smith Family helps disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves – which I am so passionate about. By supporting my fundraiser today, you will help change the lives of children in need.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will receive a tax receipt via email.

Thank you so much for supporting us! 

Thank you to my Sponsors

$5.01k

Keypay

All the best Barnesy - safe travels guys & great idea to raise money for The Smith Family...

$1.02k

Revolution Autocare

Wishing you and your crew a safe and memorable trip for a great cause.

$1.02k

Cb

$1.01k

Carol Browne

DD you are a legend.

$510

Jason Hellwig

You're a good man mate.

$510

Wei Wang

Congrats on the big Five-O. Such a great and meaningful way to celebrate it.

$500

Explorex Caravans

Well done, great cause. Safe travels.

$330

Sista Sonia

Go Big Brufa & team!

$300

Kathy Guy

Congrats on a full lap. Your ride might be finished but your fundraising will continue to help. Well done fellas!

$271.14

Sonia Barnes

We’ll done Lads

$263.75

Anonymous

Congratulations

$250

Jo Kirwan

Proud of you!

$250

Brigham Glaser

Good luck and godspeed

$221.55

Denice A Bird

Well done David Drury and friends, great photos.

$221.55

Aaron Peters

Awesome work guys

$221.55

Tash Churchill

$218.40

Bentley Family

All the best for you travels! Hope to see you in Townsville

$218.40

Causeis

Enjoy every kilometre on the 15,000km trip! Look out for those bugs on your visors. Have an awesome trip.

$218.40

Kerrin Bullock

Would have preferred to give my donation in person in Darwin. Hopefully we can reschedule.

$211

Collaborateur

Nice work all.

$210

Mal Passmore

Excellent effort and cause

$208

Kirsty Marr

$160

Tim Hodgetts

Love your work boys! Thanks for stopping in to see us.

$158.25

Eric & Jill Drury

Great Fellows, Great Cause, Great Adventure!! Congratulations and Safe riding!!

$157.04

Glenn Tucker

Heres hoping you can get underway asap.

$156

Jeff De Cagna

Rob, good luck on the trip and stay safe!

$156

Bec Luiters

$150

Paul Mcneill

Good luck guys!

$108

Srilalita Padmasola

Godspeed, Rob!

$105.50

Joe Stevenson

A great ride!!

$105.50

Paul & Shona

Safe travels guys

$105.50

Michael & Amanda Pfeffer

$105.50

Fiona And Andrew Simmons

Awesome effort Guys. Well done on your 50 day ride. What a great charity 🥰

$105.50

Rowan Lalor

Congrats on finishing gents!!!

$105.50

The Holovach Family

Be so safe and keep having so much fun.

$105.50

Shaun Crain

$105.50

Chris Mortel

$104

Kathy W

Have a great trip, guys. Very exciting.

$104

Katrina And Craig

Wishing you all the best on your long awaited epic adventure. Dave was telling us about it last weekend, it sounds amazing! Safe travels!

$104

Geoff Baker

Great initiative Rob! Maybe will go the other way around for my 50th?

$104

The Will Family

Envious and proud. Have fun.

$104

Sandra Giarde

This is amazing! Can’t wait to follow along from California.

$104

Brett And Liza James

Great trip....best of luck! Brett and Lis

$104

Pamela Wright

Onya Robert, great cause xxxxx

$104

Panda Bear

You rock RB! As I read this story there’s dust in my eyes and fire in my heart. At 44 I gotta kick into gear for a target for 50. I’m not coasting I promise but I sure am a different person than I was when I was 32 when I met you, so I’m due a reinvention and if anyone can spark that, it’s you!

$104

The Walsh’s - Your Fav Neighbours

Good luck and stay safe!!

$104

Andrew S

Best of luck Dave, can only imagine the excitement building in your body for this massive adventure!!

$104

Angie Karpouzis

What a great cause. All my love and support xx

$104

Travis Eastley

Great work Legends - Looks forward to a beer on the TAS leg of the journey

$104

Jack Caffyn

YTB

$104

Megan Smith

💋what a great adventure and a great cause

$104

Dean Storey

Nice one Rob.

$104

Pete Sanders

$104

Anonymous

All the best with your trip and fund raiser

$104

Brian & Elaine Chase

Stay safe and have the time of you life!

$104

Rob & Mo

Ride says fellas.

$104

Megan Smith

Enjoy the travels….I certainly will be following along from home💋

$104

Chris Harrison

Looks awesome Rob……have a great time, stay safe!

$104

Donna Wacher

Great work David, have the best time. From Donna at the Optom

$100

Camelotti Family

$100

Vincenzo Caraffa

$100

Bec S

Rob and Joe! Good to see you both road tripping together! Have the best time and stay safe! Bec x

$100

Passmore

Well done Barnesy

$100

Renae Callcott

Can't wait to catch up with my friend of over 40 years. What a fabulous adventure and as my husband always says "die with memories not dreams".

$100

Sean Parmenter

Have you found an apple turnover yet?

$83.20

Lorrina A

Best of luck and safe travels!

$52.75

The Schreuder Family

What a great trip. Well done boys xxx

$52.75

Ronniiez Ho

$52.75

Tebb Family

Congrats Long Way Around Down Under legends. Solid effort from everyone involved and all for a great cause. Regards The Tebb family

$52.75

Alex Hills

What a cool way for a great cause.

$52.75

Jane Davies

Loved following your progress and admiring the amazing photos of this wide brown land. Hope you've loved the adventure for such a good cause.

$52.75

Poiter

Well done Kareem Abdul JaBarnes. Be proud of yourselves. May karma be a thing for you all.

$52.75

Linda Wrightson Perrin

Safe travels Rob

$52.75

Morning Loaf Bakery Keith

Following your stop off in the bakery this morning, we have decided to follow your journey and donate towards your goal.

$52.75

Christian Payne

Do a wheelie mate !!

$52.75

Roger Thompson

Keep on trucking, I mean mountain biking!! OK! Road riding on your motor bikes! Ride safe guys, and enjoy! I look forward to more photos and vids of your trip!! Happy Belated 50th Rob!!

$52.75

Steve & Sarah Minns

Great cause. :-) Enjoy the trip!

$52.75

Collaborateur

Congrats Dave, Rob, Joseph and Lockyer. What an adventure. Enjoy every single day together. Following on Instagram. Loving it :)

$52.75

Courtney Czisz

$52.75

Myles Coleman

A great adventure = A great cause

$52

Cheryl & Philip Carroll

$52

Lisa Agic

Love how you always support others RB. Can't wait to follow you on your journey and hear about all the amazing people you met on your return. Safe travels my friend xx

$52

Andrew Mccallum

Best wishes for an amazing journey and your safe returns.

$52

Nathan Barnes

Got hard and ride safe lads

$52

Lee Stratton

Be safe, Roberto. Love your passion for living 😊

$52

Lisa And Charli

Have an amazing adventure boys. Can’t wait to follow your journey

$52

Jenny Kenny

Well done Rob. Say hi on the long way through!

$52

Aunty Becky X

Happy 50th, ride well when you finally get to go x

$52

Shlep, Ghi & The Dogs

50 days a 15000kms what could go possibly wrong! Enjoy boys xx

$52

Adam Stonier

Rip in boys!

$50

Belinda

Great job guys .

$50

Dee Hudson

All the best for the trip!

$50

Belinda Barter

Have a great time boys! Can’t wait to follow your trip 😎

$50

Michael Teague

Doing a great job!

$36.93

Brooke Callcott

$36.93

Kylie Platt

$36.93

Abby Fields

Congratulations on an epic adventure! Love that you linked it to a cause that you are so passionate about.

$36.93

Craig Knox

Awesome effort RB and to the whole crew. So good to follow your journey! Congrats!

$36.93

Joanne Phillips

$36.93

Sharnel

Go John Deere!

$36.40

Nick Osborn

$36.40

Kate Hanrahan

Wonderful job legends! Have the best time!

$36.40

Greg Wyatt

Just had a chat with you at Traf pub. Good on you and good luck with the trip. Hope you have a ball.

$36.40

Cohan Murray

Wish you all the best guys, I hope lockdown lifts shortly and you can get underway, take care.

$35

Mitch Hawkins

As a fellow Svartpilen 401 owner I'm keen to see how the bike handles this trip! Good luck!

$35

Alan Brams

Good to catch up after so long ! Safe travels!

$31.65

Sally

What an epic adventure! It has been fun following your journey, looking forward to the Doco! Congratulations guys, almost home!

$26.38

Sarah Purssell

$26

Endorse Pty Ltd

Good luck. Safe riding!

$15.83

John Knox

$10.55

Tone Wright

Thanks for the bikkies Sammy xx

$7.39

Nicole Barnes

So excited to watch this incredible journey unfold, what a truely memorable adventure. We are so proud of you all. $7 added to the account be able to say CONGRATULATIONS for reaching your fundraising goal for the Smith Family xxx