In April, Charlie Maslin will ride his bike 4,000km across the heart of Australia. From Western Australia to Port Augusta in South Australia, down to the Clare Valley; onto Mildura and into NSW across the Hay Plains, through Tumut and Cooma to the finish line on the South Coast near Merimbula.



Charlie was on the way to Perth to get going on his ride when the Coronavirus pandemic hit. So instead, he started at Mildura for the NSW leg and then rode 500 km back to Narrandera before accommodation all ground to a halt. He loved riding all of the Hay Plains, except for a persistent easterly wind which made things challenging at times.

He is back safe at home for now, and when we have the all clear from COVID-19 restrictions, he complete the last legs of NSW and then head to Perth and come back to Mildura, to link all the legs of the ride together. He says ‘it’s not the way planned but will get it all done as best as possible in the new COVID state of play’.

Be sure to keep checking back, and we will let you know when Charlie is again on the bike!

Charlie will be raising funds for Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) and its local volunteer-run foundations along the way.

For every $1 you donate to Charlie’s ride, 90% will go to assisting rural and regional students access further education.

You can show your support for Charlie and the CEF, by donating in one of the ways outlined.

CEF supports rural and regional students undertaking any type of study after school. From TAFE to apprenticeships and employment-related training; to university study in all areas of interest at institutions across the country.


“Not only has this CEF grant helped me to buy a much needed new computer, but it has also been a source of great comfort and support. It has given me peace of mind in a new place with new people.”

Mikyla McGuirk-Scolaro – Temora grant recipient, 2019

“Fundamentally – travel is such a huge cost and I do a lot of it daily. Ultimately, finance is huge in Sydney and there are endless expenses living there. This grant has not only helped me financially, but it allowed me to become motivated.”

Blake Mannes – Coleambally/Darlington Point grant recipient, 2019