Start Your Engines - Melbourne to Gold Coast 2023

Wednesday 16 August - Friday 25 August

That’s a wrap for the 2023 Variety Bash! What a whirlwind of adventure and community spirit! Our colourful convoy travelled through breathtaking landscapes, visiting with schools and communities along the way. Each day brought new memories and equal amounts of fun and heart.

We are thrilled to announce that together, we raised an astounding $1,412,007 to support children in need, showcasing the incredible power of compassion and camaraderie. A huge cheers to all our supporters and to all teams for your fundraising efforts. See the list of awardees below!

Want to join us next year for an epic adventure? Get excited… registrations are opening soon! Register your interest below to be the first to hear about the official 2023 Bash Launch.

Award Winners 2023

Overall Winners

Car #724 - Disney Bad Girls

This prestigious award is presented to the team that best epitomises the spirit of the Bash. Congratulations to Danielle, Ferguson, Sharon Latcher and Simone Kluckow!

Highest Fundraisers

Car #42 - The Willy Buccaneers

Congratulations and an enormous 'thank you' to James Walshe, Colin Bourke and Graeme Cavanagh for their incredible efforts in raising over $100,000 for this year's Variety Vic Bash!

30 Years of the Bash

Charlie Scarcella - Car #63

Congratulations on completing thirty Variety Bash events, Charlie! Since 1992, Charlie has been a big part of the Bash family, and we are grateful for his ongoing involvement and support of Variety. 

Best New Crew

Car #455 - Bitmoji Sistas

Welcome to the Bash family, Diane Kent and Sarah Moody! Thank you for bringing lots of fun and joy to this year's event - we've loved having you as part of our crazy, colourful convoy!

Second Highest Fundraisers
Car #141 - Elvis

Third Highest Fundraisers
Car #44

Highest Rookie Fundraisers
Car #3510 - Hayfever

Best Theme Award
Car #1617 - Thomas the Tank Engine

Harry Burghardt Memorial Award
Car #2468 - Last Cab to Darwin

Dick Casey Memorial Award
Car #6665 - The Wiggles

Rob ‘Towball’ McCorkell Award
Car #504 - The Frenchies

Rod Collins ‘Spirit of the Bash’ Award
Car #693 - The Sheepmobile

Helen Hoppner Award
Angela Pula (Car MWF)

The Stayers: 25 Years
Jill Lewis (Car #3844 - Bash Royalty)

The Stayers: 25 Years
Sue Ibbotson (Car #120 - The Flintstones)

Legend: Hall of Fame

Glenda Stone (Car #3840 - The Hairy Krishnas)

Stuffed Compass Award
Car #17 - Sesame Street

Spirit of Lakes Entrance Award
Car #5860

Bash Encouragement Award
Car #18 - School of Rock

Chairman's Award
Car #555 - HR Pufnstuf

$1 Million Club

In 2023 we induct two teams into our $1 Million Club! Over the years, these teams have worked hard to raise over $1M each for Variety- the Children's Charity Victoria. We couldn't do what we do without people like you - thank you for your continuous support!

Car #17 - Sesame Street

Ken Pryor, Ray Bellchamber and Ray Psailia

Car #44

Gary Caddy, Dominic Walsh and Peter Pearce

Ever wondered what it's like to do the Bash?

It's all for the kids!

The Variety Bash is the largest annual fundraiser for Variety - the Children's Charity Victoria. Variety strive to ensure all kids reach their full potential, regardless of ability or background. The Variety bash is run for the charity, by the charity and money raised assists kids who are sick, disadvantged or have additional needs to live, laugh and learn. 


children were directly impacted across Victoria in 2022


was granted to help Victorian kids in 2022

$30 Million +

has been raised by the Variety Vic Bash since 1985

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