Why the Variety Bash?


Often imitated, never bettered

The Variety Bash is the ORIGINAL and the best! Here’s a few reasons why you should take part in the journey of a lifetime!

What can I expect on the Variety Bash?

Scenic outback drives, fun stops, fun nights and camaraderie with a unique group of the wackiest and most passionate road trippers you’ll ever meet!

What is the Variety Bash?

In case you haven’t heard, the Variety Bash is 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 Variety 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 kids in need. Throughout the Variety 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. Ya Gotta Do It!

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!

Helping kids in need

Joining the Variety Bash is such a rewarding way to help kids in need. You’ll experience first-hand the joy of making a big difference in a child’s life. Our charity event is RUN by the charity, ensuring funds go where they are needed.

On road support

The Variety Bash Mobile Workshops are ready to help you and your crew take on the outback! In the lead up to the event, our team will advise and assist you in preparing your car before our Mobile Workshop Weekends. Our safety record is 100% – we never leave anyone behind!


From the Variety Raffle to the Top Hat Appeal corner collections, Variety are here to help you get to your fundraising goal ($7000 or $5000 for first timers)! With 4 in a crew that’s just $1250 each! Download our fundraising guide for loads of ideas to kick off your fundraising, and don’t forget we’re here to support you along the way!

Fun Stops

We show your dollars at work, stopping at schools along the way! And don’t forget our awesome roadside fun stops!

Bash Cars to go!

Need a Bash Car? Restore your own 30 years + classic or check out our Bash Cars for sale!

A real community

Join us at one of our monthly Bash get-togethers in Melbourne to meet your Variety Bash fellow crews and share tips and stories along the way!

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