Variety Bash FAQs


What is the Variety Bash?

Australia’s largest and longest running charity motoring event – much imitated, never bettered!

The Variety Bash is not a race or a rally, it’s a fun and social event, or in the words of the originator Dick Smith, ‘A drive in the outback with a few mates’ in cars that are at least 30 years old (with an awesome theme!).

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

Throughout the Bash, participants visit local towns, stopping into schools and organisations to visit the kids. Those who participate 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 theme nights to entertainment and other activities and games on the road.

The Variety Bash generally runs for 10 – 12 days depending on where the final destination has been set. The route and destination change each year. The full route is announced at a launch event each year, shortly after the finalisation of the previous Variety Bash. The Variety Bash has an exemplary safety record. All cars are tracked during the day by officials, who are in contact via HF radio and satellite phone with a central command post. The Variety Bash has its own team of paramedics and has full contact with RFDS and local authorities. In addition, all cars are checked over prior to the event, and a team of Mobile Workshop mechanics attend the event to assist entrants with car problems.

What does it cost?

The minimum requirement to enter the Variety Bash is $7660. This is made up of $660 entry fee (including GST) $7000 of donations or $5000 for first time Bash crews (also known as "rookies"). With 2 – 4 people per car, it’s easy to fundraise and we’re here to help! All donations go to Variety – the Children’s Charity – the Variety Bash is run by the charity FOR the charity.

Meal costs (approximately $950 – $1150 per person inc. GST, dependant on destination and duration of the Variety Bash), and Public Liability Insurance ($45 per car incl. GST).

Can I use fundraising to pay for the trip?

Fundraising dollars cannot be used to fund your costs in the Variety 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 expenses are at your own expense, and should be considered in your budget when preparing for the Variety Bash.

How do I fundraise?

The most common way to raise money is through fundraising events (such as dinners, trivia nights, golf days etc.). Many crews also approach businesses to sponsor their car or rally supporters and fundraise through Variety Corner Collections and raffles (organised by the Variety Office). Other ideas are included in the Entrants Manual available after entry is received. New ideas are always welcome and can be discussed with the Variety Bash Entrant and Motoring Events Manager.

What car can I take?

Vehicle models must be 30 years or older. Any car for the Variety Bash must have a body plate identifying it as being manufactured 30 years ago. Please note that some run on models will be accepted subject to approval by Variety Victoria. High performance models will not be accepted. Vehicles must have current registration covering the period of the Variety Bash event.

What if my car breaks down?

The Variety Bash has Mobile Workshops who assist you to repair your Bash car along the side of the road. We aim to keep you moving and get you to the finish.

How many crew members can I take?

The minimum number to make up a 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 Bash car and the amount of luggage you have on board when picking the size of your crew!

What about accommodation?

We let you know the best places to stay in town as soon as the overnight stops on our itinerary are announced. Accommodation in each location can vary from hotel/motel, bed & breakfast, cabins, caravans, hostels and campgrounds.

What about meals?

As far as food goes, our trusty Motoring Events Manager arranges for local organisations to cater for our entrants. You will be well fed along the way and all meals and entertainment (including our legendary final night party) are covered by your provisions levy. Dietary requirements can be catered for, just let us know when you fill out your medical form before the event kicks off.

What about baggage?

A support truck travels with the Variety Bash to the overnight stops. Space on the truck is available to entrants at a small additional cost should you have any extra baggage to take with you on the event, such as camping gear, swags, bags etc. Details of drop off location and costs will be advised in the months prior to the event.

Do I need a Working With Children Check? 

Yes! A valid Victorian Working With Children Check (WWCC) is mandatory for all Variety Motoring Event entrants. To register for a free volunteer WWCC, head to

Are there any prizes or awards?

In the spirit of the event, the only serious awards are for various levels of fundraising. All other awards are humorous – such as the Best Themed Car and Best New Crew.

How do I enter?

The 2021 Variety Vic Bash was cancelled due to COVID-19, but you can enquire about 2022 to be kept in the loop about next year! 

Where can I find the Bash Guidelines?

An entrants pack will be provided to you on sign up, as well as links to all required forms and documents. In the meantime, you can read our Conditions of Entry and Variety Bash Vehicle Guide.

 Conditions of Entry  Vehicle Guide