Bash Locations

  • Newcastle
  • Inverell
  • Moree
  • Lightning Ridge
  • Gunnedah
  • Armidale
  • Hunter Valley
  • Newcastle

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The Variety NSW Bash is a weeklong adventure with 300 new mates, exploring the dirt roads of NSW and the ACT. Along the way we visit some beautiful country towns, see parts of Australia you wouldn’t otherwise visit, and the best bit is supporting kids to get a fair go.

We visit schools along the way and donate much-needed items and equipment so you can see how your hard work and fundraising is making a difference.

The 2019 Variety NSW Bash saw 103 cars and 320 Bashers travel over 2,200km on dirt roads and through creek crossings to visit nine schools throughout NSW and the ACT, making donations to help provide opportunities for regional kids to get a fair go. More than $50,000 worth of grants were given to regional schools to purchase much-needed equipment such as coding robots, playground equipment, and literacy materials to help ensure kids, no matter where they live, don’t miss out.

We have recently changed our car year entry to 30 years and older which will now allow plenty more makes to join us!

Check out the highlights from the 2019 Variety NSW Bash to give you an idea of the adventure you’ll be in for.

Complete the Entry Form Download the 2020 brochure

A big thank you to Australian Hotels Association (AHA), our Major Sponsor of the Variety NSW Bash 2020. We look forward to celebrating the 9th year of AHA’s continued support of Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Variety NSW Bash!

Day 1

Sun 17th May
Newcastle – Quirindi – Inverell

Day 2

Mon 18th May
Inverell – Gil Gai – Boggabilla – Moree

Day 3

Tue 19th May
Moree – Pallamallawa – Rowena – Lightning Ridge

Day 4

Wed 20th May
Lightning Ridge – Gwabegar- Gunnedah

Day 5

Thu 21st May
Gunnedah – Tingha – Armidale

Day 6

Fri 22nd May
Armidale – Kelly’s Plains – Belltrees – Hunter Valley

Day 7

Sat 23rd May
Hunter Valley - Newcastle

Day Home

Sat 23rd May
Family Fun Day, Newcastle Foreshore

How to Get Involved

For over 40 years, Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT has helped make sure all kids have the same opportunities in life. No matter what life throws at them. No matter what their ability. Each year, thousands of children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, turn to Variety for practical support when they need it most.

Our work allows kids to gain mobility, to get out and about in the community, to communicate, achieve independence and increase their self-esteem. We make sure the kids who miss out, can always join in.

Variety does this through granting equipment, supplies, and therapy to individuals and community organisations; running programs to educate & empower kids; scholarships to encourage the talents of kids in need and holding events to engage & bring joy.

What does it take to be a Basher?

Entries will be accepted at the absolute discretion of the Regional Motoring Events Manager.
All entrants must be over 18 years of age.
At all times, all entrants must abide by the rules of the road as prescribed by State laws and statutes.
Code of Conduct and Indemnity Forms of Agreement must be agreed to by all crew members.


What is a Variety Bash car?

All vehicles entered in the Bash must have been manufactured 30 years or more before the Bash (although run-on models of up to 4 years will be accepted with approval from the Regional Motoring Events Manager). They must be roadworthy, registered and insured as prescribed by State laws. All vehicles must be conventional two wheel drive vehicles with a maximum crew of four (4) people. Motorcycles, buses, coaches, caravans, and wheelbarrows are not permitted.



Entrants must book their own accommodation. There are a range of accommodation styles to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets. In some towns accommodation is limited and availability is not guaranteed. If you have difficulty booking in any towns, please contact the Variety Newcastle office.

Download the accommodation list below.



Entrants, fondly known as ‘Bashers’ must raise a minimum of $4,000 per car for Variety – the Children’s Charity to enter the Variety Bash. The Bash is a celebration of a year’s fundraising to help kids in need. Bashers 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 enroute.


Cost of Entry

Entrants, fondly known as ‘Bashers’ must fundraise or donate a minimum of $4,000 per car for Variety – the Children’s Charity to enter the Variety NSW Bash. This is for an entry fee for one car and up to four (4) people.
A $500 non-refundable donation is required on entry to secure your place.
There are other costs, click learn more for all costs.


More information

Need further information? Contact us!

Bash Car Enquiries
Victor Sheil, Regional Motoring Events Manager
[email protected] | 02 4965 4911 | 0410 692 262

Fundraising & General Enquiries
Janet Kilazoglou, Regional Motoring Events Coordinator
[email protected] | 02 4965 4911 | 0403 255 767

Sponsorship Enquiries
Penelope Sinton, Head of Strategic Partnerships
[email protected] | 02 9819 1000

How to Donate

There are several methods in which you can donate to a Bash Car. Please see the methods listed below. If you have any queries regarding donations please contact the office on 02 4965 4911 we can arrange invoices if required and all donations received will have receipts generated.

Direct Deposit

Bank: Westpac Bank

Account Name: Variety the Children’s Charity NSW – Gift Account

BSB: 032 020 Account: 208569

Description: In order for us to correctly allocate your donation to a particular Bash car we ask if you could reference the following when doing a direct deposit: NEWC Bash Car Number/Company Name i.e NSWBASH EK1 Graeme Meyer


Cheques can either be dropped into our Newcastle Office; 155-157 Lambton Road Broadmeadow or alternatively can be posted to PO Box 186 Broadmeadow NSW 2292. We ask if the cheque can be made out to ‘Variety the Children’s Charity’ and if you could write the Car Number on the back of the cheque

Credit Card

Credit Card donations can be processed over the phone, please contact the office on 02 4965 4911

Everyday Hero

Many of our Bashers utilise a program called Everyday Hero to assist with their fundraising, please click on the link below to donate directly to a Bash Car (note: not all Bash cars have Everyday Hero pages, if the Bash Car you are wanting to donate to isn’t displaying in Everyday Hero please you one of the alternative methods above)

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