Hot 100 Australia Day Ute Run

26 Jan 2025
Hidden Valley, Northern Territory, Australia
$25 per vehicle / person



Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the iconic Hot100 Australia Day Ute Run, participants, volunteers and sponsors – you all made this day so awesome.  We’ll be back again next year!  In the meantime we’d love your feedback if you can complete the survey, click the button at the top of this page.  Check out our photo gallery:  (20+) Facebook

What are you doing for Australia Day? The iconic 23rd annual Hot 100 Australia Day Ute Run is back in 2024, and we are revving up for an awesome display of utes, flags, dogs and fun-lovin’ characters as we wind our way from Hidden Valley Raceway to the awesome party spot – Noonamah Tavern & Rodeo

Just $25 registration fee per ute and includes a beaut bumper sticker, with proceeds going to Variety NT Adventure Camp. A free week-long camping and adventure outback experience right here in the Top End for teens with mild to moderate disabilities.

REGO’S NOW OPEN – Get your online entry before 15th January to be in the draw for one of 10 spots in the convoy!!! Winners will be notified and issued with their very own pass to start on the grid!

First utes through the gates will join our sponsors and Bash cars on the starting grid to make up the “First 100” police lead, green light all the way to Noony, convoy.

‘Carn, show off ya beaut ute, decorate it, dress up yourself, your dog and come along to wave to the fans along the convoy route.


We have been able to gain permits for those who have utes or other vehicles that are not normally able to be registered. Utes, muscle cars, corporates, you name it!

Look the part with a ute run singlet, stubby cooler and sticker pack.

Tickets and merchandise are non-refundable but can be transferred to another Ute / person if required.

Event Timeline:

  • 6:00am – Hidden Valley TOP Gates Open
  • 7:00am- Entry through Hidden Valley bottom gates. “First 100”: utes only to accompany sponsors and Bash cars onto the Hidden Valley starting grid – first in best dressed. Please follow the Parking Marshalls Directions
  • 0900 – Event Welcome and briefing. Ute Award winners announced (Best Ute, Hottest Ute, Best Chicks Ute, Most Feral Ute)
  • 9:30am – Flag Off from Hidden Valley. Parade through the main roads of the northern suburbs, Palmerston and rural area
  • 10:30am Arrive at Noonamah Tavern and OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY with live bands, competition winners, thong throwing comps, awesome food and icy cold drinks.


The annual Australia Day Ute Run is a street parade that entertains spectators as it winds its way through Darwin, culminating in a community celebration. We encourage all to go overboard and deck out your ute, yourselves, your dogs and join in.

Funds raised will go towards Variety NT Adventure Camp, a week-loong camp and adventure experience which aims at providing teenagers with a mild to moderate disability and disadvantaged teenagers a unique experience away from their day-to-day routines in a safe and secure environment.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at Hidden Valley Raceway and Noonamah Tavern (No BYO alcohol allowed). Darwin Rotary will fire up the BBQ for your breaky and we’ll have a coffee van to get you buzzing. Make sure to grab some food and drinks, merch and raffle tickets!

Great prizes up for grabs for Best Themed Utes and Best Dressed bloke/sheila/boy/girl/dog. Dress yourself, your ute and your dog up to win! (National Flags – 0418 835 644)

Sign up at Noony to have a crack at the THONG THROWING competition thanks to sponsor Slappas Thongs, grab some grub and icy cold drinks and enjoy awesome live music and take a look at all the amazing utes on display!

If you would like to make a donation to Variety- the Children’s Charity NT or have any questions about the Ute Run please call our office on 08 8981 2544 or email [email protected] and make sure to follow the event on our Facebook page.

* We encourage you all to decorate your utes in celebration but make sure your beast is fully road worthy condition and registered (or complete the special event R07 exemption form from MVR). Don’t drink and drive, make sure you arrange a Sober Bob, or take advantage of the free camping at the Noonamah Tavern.

Thanks for supporting this long running event and local charity Variety NT!


Everyone participating will be required to register this year to be allowed in, so make sure to add your mates’ details when you book your ute in.

Make sure you get your Ute Run singlet to really look the part, just $30 and available online and at the event if not sold out prior.

  • Free camping at rodeo grounds
  • Free buses back to Palmerston and rural areas, book at the Noonamah bar on the day

Please note there will be Police presence with FREE, breath testing, roadworthy and rego checks.

Thanks for supporting this long running event and local charity Variety NT!

Thanks to all our amazing Event Sponsors who help us make this event shine! Big shout out to Traffic Werx NT, who make what is a mammoth task look like a breeze when co-ordinating traffic for this big road event!


There’s nothing more Aussie than lending a hand to your mates, so if you are keen to help us at the Ute Run jump online and fill our our Volunteer Application, call us on 8981 2544 or send an email to register your interest.


Join the convoy or find a prime viewing position to wave and cheer!

Event Sponsors


Why not fundraise a bit extra for the kids of Variety NT Adventure Camp at Goanna Park this Australia Day – start your own fundraiser page HERE

Or to make a donation click HERE