Ya Gotta Do It!...
The Variety Bash is Australia's longest running and most famous charity motoring event. Get your mates together and join us for a once in a lifetime chance to experience remote and regional parts of Australia, all while helping kids in need.
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!
Whether you’re a first or fifth timer, we want YOU to join us for an unforgettable adventure!
If you are a first time Variety Bash entrant and are keen to take part in the iconic Variety Bash, click here to download our enquiry kit or get in touch and we'll send you all the information you need to get on the road.
Wed 11 Aug
Melbourne VIC to Deniliquin NSW
This popular Riverina town is located an hour north of the NSW/VIC border and is home to over 7,000 people. Known for the Deni Ute Muster, the town almost triples each year when the fanfare rolls in every September. The event started back in 1999 when the town was struggling with a crippling drought and needed a new source of income. Ever since, the event has attracted Ute fanatics from across the country with almost 20,000 attendees each year. Get your photo taken with the famous ute statue, or the mosaic ute at the visitor information centre.
Thurs 12 Aug
Deniliquin NSW 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!
Fri 13 Aug
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.
Sat 14 Aug
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”, a reconstructed mosque to commemorate the historic building in the centre of town.
Sun 15 Aug
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
Mon 16 - Tue 17 Aug
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.
Wed 18 Aug
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.
Thurs 19 Aug
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 suggest, you can see turtles swimming beneath you with a breathtaking view of the Keppel Bay Islands!
Fri 20 Aug
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!
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 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 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. Once you're signed on, you'll have access to all our helpful fundraising guides and tools.
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.
NEED A BASH CAR?
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]
COST TO ENTER
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.
ON ROAD SUPPORT
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!
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!
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!
Motoring Events Manager
03 8698 3900