Variety Vic Bash

Great Keppel 2021


Great Keppel - The Long Way 'Round!

Nestled among the Capricorn Coast on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Great Keppel Island is home to seventeen pristine white sand beaches. With clear water as far as the eye can see, this is sure to be the perfect place to unwind when we wrap up another epic journey and 30 years of the Variety Vic Bash!

2021 Itinerary

Day 1

 Tuesday 19 October 2021

  Melbourne VIC to Halls Gap VIC

 We’ll be waking up in the heart of the Grampians National Park – Halls Gap! This stunning small town attracts adventure and nature enthusiasts alike. Known for some of the state’s most spectacular views, in Halls Gap you’ll find a vast array of native plants, wildflowers and Australian wildlife. Want to find a spot to take it all? There’s a few lookouts around town, each with a view that is sure to take your breath away. 

Day 2

 Wednesday 20 October 2021

  Halls Gap VIC to Renmark SA

With its name derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Red Mud’, Renmark is a small South Australian Town, rich in history. Renmark was the birthplace of Australia’s first ever irrigation settlement and produces award winning wine and produce. Be sure to see and taste the best of this pretty little Riverland town when we stop in!

Day 3

  Thursday 21 October 2021

  Renmark SA to Wilpena Pound SA

Wilpena Pound is a glorious natural amphitheatre nestled in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. This extraordinary part of the world is over 800 million years old, with the local Adnyamathanha people calling it home for tens of thousands of years. If you get the chance, jump on a scenic flight and take in this spectacular landscape from above. It’s a sight you’ll never forget.

Day 4

 Friday 22 October 2021

  Wilpena SA to Marree SA

Prepare for a real taste of the outback! On the fringe of the Simpson Desert, this dry little railway town has an average annual rainfall of only 125mm. Marree was also the home of Australia’s first ever Mosque, built from tree stumps in 1861 by Afghan camel drivers. Nowadays, you can find the “bough shed”, which is a reconstructed mosque that commemorates the historic building in the centre of town.

Day 5

 Saturday 23 October 2021

  Marree SA to Birdsville QLD

It’s safe to say Birdsville is a Variety Bash favourite. Opening its arms to many a Variety Bash over the years, this iconic Aussie town thrives off tourism. Pay a visit to the heritage-listed Birdsville Hotel to experience this authentic outback pub that has won the hearts of travellers from across the world.

Day 6 - 7

 Sunday 24 - Monday 25 October 2021

  Birdsville QLD to Longreach QLD

This one’s for the history buffs. Make the most of your rest day in Longreach and check out the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre to learn how this region played its part in Australia’s history. For the aviators among us, you can also find the Qantas Founders Museum which runs as a not-for-profit with an impressive collection of artefacts and replica aircraft.

Day 8

 Tuesday 26 October 2021

  Longreach QLD to Springsure QLD

Making our way out of Red Dirt terrain, Springsure is a picturesque valley home to, as the name suggests, springs - such as the local creek and surrounding gullies. In this charming country town, you’ll find the Minerva, Rolleston and Springsure Creek mines. Venture outside and take in Mount Zamia, the Virgin Rock that overlooks Springsure, situated in the middle of the Minerva Hills National Park.

Day 9

 Wednesday 27 October 2021

 Springsure QLD to Yeppoon QLD

This sub-tropical seaside town is a tourist hotspot with world class seafood, beef and tropical produce you can enjoy in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Take a stroll along the esplanade or make your way to Turtle Lookout at Bluff Point. As the name suggests, you can see turtles swimming beneath you with a breathtaking view of the Keppel Bay Islands!

Day 10

 Thursday 28 October 2021

  Yeppoon QLD to Great Keppel Island QLD

 Based in Yeppoon for two nights, our final night dinner will be held on the pictureseque Great Keppel Island. You can spend the day exploring the tropical delights of this island paradise before the last hurrah begins! Tranquil, deserted and untouched - Great Keppel Island is the perfect sport for an end of event wind down. Check out the heritage-listed Leeke Homestead or take a dip and go snorkelling in the crystal-blue water at one of the island's seventeen pristine, clear-water, white-sand beaches! 

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Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to empowering children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. We achieve this through the provision of equipment, facilities and life experiences and by operating a straightforward and transparent grants program which draws on the funds raised through our events, sponsorships and donations.

All donations raised from the Variety Bash go directly to help all kids have a fair go.


Restore your own classic or check out our Bash Cars for sale!

To enter the Variety Bash, you’ll need to have a car at least 30 years old, rolling on each year. 

The car must be licensed, insured and roadworthy as prescribed by state laws. Need to know more about preparing your car? Get in touch via [email protected]


The Bash entry fee is $660 PLUS $7000 of donations or $5000 for first timers (that’s just $1250 each to raise for a crew of 4!) payable one month prior to the Variety Bash start). You can fundraise for your donations at work, by holding events or tin rattles, anything you can think of! We’re here to help! A meal and provisions levy is also due prior to the event.

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We all know our beautiful beasts can be a bit testy at times…that’s why the Variety Bash provide full-on road support with our mobile workshop crews for the whole journey for peace of mind on those epic outback tracks! If you have questions about the Variety Bash, view our FAQs or get in touch!

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The most common way to raise money is through fundraising events (such as corner collections, trivia nights, golf days etc.), approaches to sponsors/supporters and the Variety Raffle (organised by the Variety Office). Other ideas are available in our fundraising guide below (and we’re here to help!) Click the button below to download the fundraising guide!

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"We can’t wait for you to join us on Australia’s longest running and most iconic charity motoring event! The Variety Bash – ya gotta do it!"

Nick Clarke

Motoring Events Manager
03 8698 3900
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