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The Variety Bash is Australia's largest (and favourite!) motoring event with participants travelling to rural parts of Australia that they would otherwise not see, at the same time raising money for disadvantaged and special needs children. Throughout the Bash, participants visit local towns, stopping into the schools to visit the kids (some schools only having 5 students!). Bashers get to see the smiles of the kids they've help and provide the schools with equipment to assist students development and education.
National Variety Bash
Australia’s most loved charity motoring event is revving up for some outlandish celebrations taking place in August this year, celebrating 30 years since the Variety Bash began on the dusty roads from Bourke to Burketown, instigated by adventurer, famed philanthropist and Bash visionary Dick Smith.
Six consecutive State and Territory Bashes all bound for Sydney to celebrate 30 years since the first Variety Bash:
- Driving 20,000km collectively across Australia
- With 2,000 wacky, fancy-dressed participants
- In over 550 outrageously themed vintage vehicles
- Visiting 100 plus regional and rural towns
To join the National Bash in your state please click below
NSW | VIC | WA | QLD | SA | NT
History of the Bash
The Bash was originated by businessman, explorer and philanthropist Dick Smith in June 1985 when he organised a group of people to travel from Sydney to Bourke in Far West New South Wales, and from there to Burketown in Northern Queensland.
Dick wanted to take a few mates for a drive in the Outback in old cars and at the same time raise money for charity. He charged everyone to enter, and entrants were able to bribe the officials or be fined. That first event raised $250,000 for Variety and was known as the Bourke to Burketown Bash.
The Bash has been staged by Variety since 1985 and the spirit of the original idea has been retained. Every entrant has to raise money for Variety and all vehicles must be 30 years old or older at the time of entry and be non-performance modified. The Bash is not a race, rally or speed trial. The single most significant rule of the Bash is to relax and enjoy the Australian Outback and help raise funds for kids in need.
To find out more about the Bash, please click to view your Bash state page below:
NSW | VIC | WA | QLD | SA | NT | TAS