Variety Vic Bash

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We're heading to Great Keppel Island in 2020 to celebrate our Variety 30th Bash!

Registrations will open soon. If you are a first time Variety Bash entrant and are keen to take part in the iconic Variety Bash, get in touch and we'll send you all the information you need to get on the road.

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What is the Variety Bash?

It’s the largest and longest running Australian charity motoring event! The Variety Bash is often imitated, but never bettered! It’s not a race or a rally, it’s a fun and social motoring event. In the words of the founder, Dick Smith, it’s ‘a drive in the outback with a few mates’.

The Bash is a once in a lifetime chance to experience remote and regional parts of Australia that you might not otherwise see, all in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Throughout the Bash, entrants get to visit local towns, stopping into schools and organisations to visit the kids. Our Bash Crew get to see the direct impact of their fundraising efforts along the way, with a range of educational, health and mobility equipment provided to local schools and organisations en route.

The event is all about having fun in support of Aussie kids. There are always festivities along the way, from fancy dress nights to entertainment, awards and other activities and games on the road.

The 2018 Variety Vic Bash Wrap

Fun, frivolity and fundraising!

On 23 August 2018, a 300-strong group departed Geelong bound for Townsville. The first two days of the event saw Variety give out over $120,000 worth of grants to schools, organisations and families who needed a helping hand.

Entrants were treated to spectacular scenery and got up to lots of mischiefs along the way. In a one-off surprise, the VIC, QLD and NT Bash events combined, seeing over 500 entrants and over 200 cars descend upon Townsville!

The best bit? The 2018 Variety Vic Bash announced a whopping $1.62 million was raised to help give Aussie kids a fair go!

What do I need to take part?

A spirit of adventure and a good sense of fun! In keeping with the spirit of the event, your Variety Bash Car has to be at least 30 years young! Source your own and we’ll advise you on how to kit it out!

2019 Itinerary

Day 1

 Tue 20th Aug

  Melbourne VIC to Warrnambool VIC

 Experience the change you are making as you take part in several major grant presentations for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs and the organisations that support them.

Day 2

 Wed 21st Aug

  Warrnambool VIC to Hahndorf SA

 Warrnambool is located on a plateau behind a steep bluff and is defined by rivers to the east and est. Overlooking the sheltered lady bay, our first destination marks the end of the Great Ocean Road and is rich in seafaring history.

Day 3

 Thu 22nd Aug

  Hahndorf SA to Whyalla SA

 Hahndorf is classified as Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and each year thousands of people, young and old, enjoy its charm and the hospitality.

Day 4

 Fri 23rd Aug

  Whyalla SA to Ceduna SA

 Whyalla is located 396km northwest of South Australia's capital, Adelaide. The city is the largest in the Upper Spencer Gulf region and is located on the western shores of Spencer Gulf. Founded in 1901 as the town of Hummock Hill and renamed Whyalla in 1914, it was established as a port to ship iron ore extracted from the nearby Middleback Ranges.

Day 5

 Sat 24th Aug

  Ceduna SA to Madura WA

 Located on the sandy white shores of Murat Bay and the Eyre Peninsula on the Great Australian Bight, Ceduna is known as the Oyster capital of Australia.

Day 6

 Sun 25th Aug

  Madura WA to Kalgoorlie WA

 Madura is a small roadhouse community located on the Eyre Highway in Western Australia, on the Roe Plains. It is 1,253 kilometres from Perth and lies at the foot of the escarpment next to the Madura Pass, down from the Nullarbor Plain.

Day 7

 Mon 26th Aug

  Kalgoorlie WA (Rest Day)

 Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the hub of the Western Australian goldfields and the largest city in the Australian outback. Today it's one of the most well-known mining areas in the world.

Day 8

 Tue 27th Aug

  Kalgoorlie WA to Leonora WA

 Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the hub of the Western Australian goldfields and the largest city in the Australian outback. Today it's one of the most well-known mining areas in the world.

Day 9

 Wed 28th Aug

 Leonora WA to Mt Magnet WA

 The thriving town of Leonora grew from the resourcefulness of early gold prospectors and miners and the tenacity of pastoralists. In 1896 Leonora was a small settlement of hessian and timber shacks. Within a few years, the growing town boasted many of the buildings on the Leonora Heritage Trail.

Day 10

 Thu 29th Aug

  Mt Magnet WA to Geraldton WA

 The Shire of Mount Magnet covers an area of 13,877sqm in the Mid West region of Western Australia and has a resident population of approximately 750 people. With numerous historical buildings, heritage sites and walk trails Mount Magnet offers visitors to the area a fantastic insight into years gone by.

Day 11

 Fri 30th Aug

  Geraldton WA (Final Night Celebrations)

 A city in the mid-west region of WA, and situated on the coral coast, Geraldton is a major west-coast seaport and an important service and logistics centre for regional mining, fishing and agriculture industries.

How to get involved

I’ve gotta do it! What now?

There are three main steps to getting on the road for the trip of a lifetime!

1. Register to enter – you can sign up online at au/bash or talk to one of our friendly Motoring Events crew on (03) 8698 3900 or [email protected]

2. Get yourself a Bash car – we have a list of past Bash cars available for sale or we can advise you on how to prepare your own 30 year old plus car to Bash specs if you’re up for a bit of a tinker.

3. Fundraise to change the lives of Aussie kids – we have raffles and tin rattling days to help you on your way and provide advice and support on fundraising and sponsorship of your car by local businesses. The entry fee is $660 for the car and first time Bash entrants have a fundraising goal of $5,000 for kids in need. Very do-able when you have up to 4 mates in the car to help out. Additional costs include a meal provision levy, public liability insurance ($45 per car), fuel and accommodation. Call us on (03) 8698 3900 for details. Download our fundraising guide


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 towards children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. In 2017, the Variety Bash raised $1.3 million for children in Victoria.


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. All cars presented at Mobile Workshop Day for the 2018 Variety Bash must have a body plate identifying as being manufactured on or prior to 1986.

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
motoringe[email protected]