Frequently Asked Questions

Doing something new always comes with a question or two! Here are our most frequently asked questions about the Variety Victoria Brats Bash.

Where and when does the event happen?

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The 2024 Variety Victoria Brats Bash departs from Echuca on 2024 bound for Caloundra, via Cowra, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Narrabri and Warwick. You can view the full route here.

Do I need to know anything about cars?

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Not at all! We provide a full vehicle checklist, advice, and a pre-event workshop to check your car is in good shape for the journey. 

If your vehicle encounters issues during the event, our dedicated Mobile Workshop Crew will do their best to help you repair it on the side of the road. We aim to keep you moving and get you to the finish line in one piece!

What kind of car can I take?

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You can bring along any vehicle, however we recommend a 4WD, SUV or Variety Bash Car.

The vehicle must comply with the information in the Variety Brats Bash Vehicle Checklist. Registration covering the period of the Variety Brats Bash event is compulsory.

What if my car breaks down?

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We travel with several Mobile Workshop Crews, including a tow-truck. That means we’ve got highly experienced mechanics to assist you with any automotive issues you might run into on the road. 

How many crew members can I have?

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The minimum number to make up a Brats Bash crew is two – a driver and a navigator - and the maximum is the legal capacity of the vehicle. Bear in mind the size of your car and the amount of luggage you have on board.

Where do we stay and how are meals arranged?

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We always let you know the best places to stay in town as soon as the overnight stops on our itinerary are announced. Accomodation in each location can vary from hotel/motel, bed & breakfast, cabins, caravans, hostels and sometimes we even camp out under the stars!

Our helpful Variety Brats Bash Committee take the hard work out of it and book all accommodation on your behalf. We’ll advise of costs in advance. As for meals, our Committee and Motoring Events Manager arrange for local organisations to cater for our crew. This ranges from restaurants and pubs to local community groups like the Lions Club.

How much does it cost?

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The Brats Bash costs are:

  • A $550 entry/registration fee (incl. GST) per car
  • Minimum fundraising total of of $750 per car
  • Public Liability Insurance of approx. $45 per car (incl. GST)

Meal and accommodation costs for you and your family will be calculated and provided in the lead up to the event. We estimate between $400-$500 per adult and $300-$400 per child for meals. Accommodation of course depends on your preference (camping, hotels, etc).

Do I have to be from the Variety Bash to take part?

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Absolutely not! You’re sure to meet some of our Variety Bash crew, but this event is open to all families and we welcome 'rookies' with open arms! The Variety family is always growing and we love meeting new people from all walks of life.

Do we have to have a theme or dress up?

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Nope, that’s entirely up to you and your crew.

We make a few stops at schools and community groups along the way, and costumes are always encouraged and a hit with the kids, but not essential.

However you choose to participate, dress-ups or not, your family are welcome to join in the fun.

Can I bring my pet/ animal?

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Unfortunately animals are not allowed on the Variety Brats Bash, unless they are an assistance animal (e.g. Guide Dog).

Do I need a Working With Children's Check?

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Yes! This one is a non-negotiable for all Variety Motoring Event entrants aged 18+. No WWCC, no entry.

The Brats Bash Committee will ensure you have obtanined a WWCC in the lead up to the event. You must carry your WWCC card with you at all times during the event.

If you haven’t already got a WWCC, please apply for one via the free and easy online form
here. Please note the approval process can take up to 6 weeks.

How do I fundraise?

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The Variety Brats Bash is run by Variety – the Children’s Charity Victoria. All funds raised by the event go directly to helping kids who are living with illness, disability or experiencing disadvantage.

We know that getting started with your fundraising can be daunting, so we’re here to help!

We provide advice and support during your fundraising journey.

Can I use fundraising money to cover event costs?

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No, fundraising dollars cannot be used to fund your costs in the Variety Brats Bash. Fundraising cannot cover the registration fee, meals, accommodation or costs of your car. Individual accommodation, refreshments, merchandise, fuel costs, mechanical repairs, car shipping and other out of pockets costs are at your own expense, and should be considered in your budget when preparing for the event.

Where does our fundraising go?

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All money raised from the event goes to supporting kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have additional needs through Variety – the Children’s Charity Victoria.

Variety - the Children's Charity Victoria is registered with the
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and has been delivering vital support to kids across the country for more than 40 years.

During the event, you’ll get to see some of this impact first-hand via heartwarming grants to families, schools and community groups.

Need more information?
Call us on 03 8698 3900 or email

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