Hot100 Australia Day Ute Run

26 Jan 2021
Gates open 0600
Hidden Valley, Northern Territory, Australia
$10 per vehicle / person


We will be donating 50% of the event ticket sales to help Variety Victoria replace bikes which kids have lost in the devastating bushfires. 

Check out 2020 Ute Run Photos! Thanks to everyone who took part in this fantastic event, participating, volunteering, sponsoring or cheering!  We had 250 utes in our convoy and they were all just marvellous to admire.  We just love how much effort you all put in. Thanks to Stormcell TV for photos.

See you all revved up to go again in 2021!

The 19th Annual Hot 100 Australia Day Ute Run returns to rev your engines in 2020!  Tickets will also be available at the Hidden Valley Entry Gate on event day (cash/eftpos) $10 registration fee per vehicle.

Don’t forget to look the part with your Merchandice Pack, $30 will get you a Ute Run singlet, stubby holder and sticker. Visit our Merch stall to grab yours (cash/eftpos) or collect your online pre-order.  (please note singlets size sml & med sell out quickly, we recommend pre-purchasing online)

Top Gate at Hidden Valley opens at 6am with the event gate opening at 7am so get there early, the first 100 Utes through the gates to start on the raceway and lead the convoy (to be joined by sponsors vehicles and Variety Bash Cars). NT Police will escort the convoy of first 100, all following will be required to follow traffic signals and road rules as normal.

Event Timeline:

6:00am – Top Gates open at Hidden Valley Raceway
7:00am – Gates open Hidden Valley Raceway
8:45am – Briefing by Police
9:30am – Flag Off
10:30am – Procession arrives Noonamah Tavern
11:00 to 12:00pm – Thong Throwing and Muffler Throwing Competitions at the Rodeo Grounds
12:00pm – Winners of Ute categories announced Best dressed humans and dog judged and announced
12:30pm – Raffle draw
2:00 pm Event close – Live Bands continue at Noonamah with Coffin Fitz from 11.30am-3pm in the beer garden and Nightcliff from 5pm -8pm.

Free camping at rodeo grounds

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


The Ute Beaut Hot100 Darwin Australia Day Ute Run will be back and ready to rev the day away!

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 especially your dogs and join in.

2020 will see The Australia Day Ute Run in its 19th year. It is one of Darwin’s most anticipated and recognised Australia Day events, providing a fun family day of activity endeared by thousands of proud Territorians. We just LOVE the Ute Run- Rain, Hail or Shine, it will happen!

Stay tuned and follow our Facebook event page for more details on the day’s events.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at Hidden Valley Raceway- Tuck into a BBQ breaky thanks to Bridge Toyota, Woolworths and Rotary Club: $2.50 for snag in bread, egg & bacon sanga $4.50.   Absolute Coffee will be get your engines started with beautiful fresh brewed coffee for sale.  Variety will also be selling water and soft drinks. Thanks to FRM for donation of a cool room and Thrifty for use of a beaut ute!

Noonamah Tavern  has got you sorted for a fantastic Aussie Icon’s lunch and the iciest cold beer on tap you can find (view the special ‘Aussie Icons’ lunch menu).

WIN!!!  UTE BEAUT RAFFLE tickets available from Variety Volunteers at Merchandise Stall & wandering around- $2ea or 3 for $5. 1st Prize valued at $430 Kincrome socket set 33 pieces, Narva rechargeable LED head lamp, Narva rechargeable LED pen light thanks to Burson Winnellie Central

2nd Prize- $350 voucher thanks to Hidden Valley Auto Centre
3rd Prize- 2 main meals & bottle of house wine thanks to Wisdom Bar and Cafe
Family fun at the Ute Run
Great prizes up for grabs! Dress yourself, your ute and your dog up and go in the draw to win.

Sign up at Noonamah Tavern to have a crack at the awesome games like the iconic MUFFLER TOSS and THONG THROWING!

Hot 100 will announce the event category winners while we’re there too like Best Ute, Best Feral Ute, Best Dressed Bloke/Sheila/Boy/Girl/Dog and more, grab some lunch and enjoy awesome live music and take a look at all the amazing Utes on display!

We want to beat last years’ convoy numbers and get 400 vehicles and over 1000 spectators at both venues! So join the convoy and start prepping to party with us.

Funds raised on the day will be donated to Variety NT to purchase equipment for children with special needs in the Territory and 50% of the ticket sales will be donated to Variety Victoria Bikes 4 Bushfire Kids to replace bikes lost during the bushfires.

If you would like to make a donation to Variety- the Children’s Charity NT or have any questions about the Hot100 Australia Day Ute Run please click HERE, call our office on 08 8981 2544 or email [email protected]

VOLUNTEERS WANTED–  There’s nothing more Aussie than lending a hand to your mates, so if you are keen to help us at the Ute Run please contact us on the phone or email above to register your interest.

* We encourage you all to decorate your Utes in celebration but make sure your beast is fully road worthy and registered.  Don’t drink and drive, make sure you arrange a Sober Bob. 

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!

Dress Up Your Ute
Dress Up Yourselves!
Lining up at Hidden Valley Raceway!


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!

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