Variety 4WD Adventure

It is an outback adventure taking 4WD vehicles and their owners off the bitumen and into the outback, but doing it in style – fully hosted, catered, booked entertainment, showers and flushing toilets and a friendly bunch of people.

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Date
2 Apr 2022
- 8 Apr 2022

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What is the Variety SA 4WD Adventure?

Proudly sponsored by   Jarvis Toyota - Black Logo

South Australia’s premier 4WD event, the Variety 4WD Adventure, is a seven-day outback experience that takes 4WD vehicles and their owners off the bitumen and into the outback, with an emphasis on style and comfort. The focus for this event is on good tracks, fabulous scenery, great food and wine, creature comforts and of course, fun and entertainment. All of this naturally builds a sense of comradery in the group which is unmatched in any other 4WD event – lifelong friendships are formed and, as with all Variety events, new participants are welcomed and encouraged.

This event is fully hosted and catered, with booked entertainment, hot showers and flushing toilets so you can relax and fully enjoy the experience.
As with all Variety events, safety is a major consideration. Our experienced outback team includes a medical team, mechanics, 4WD experts, a fully set up radio communications vehicle, satellite phones and an aircraft.

The Variety 4WD Adventure caters for both the experienced and inexperienced four-wheel drive enthusiasts with options to take an easier track on the more difficult terrain.

This event is fully booked. CLICK HERE to register your interest for the Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2023)

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Key Dates (2021)

Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2021): Event Reunion
Date: Wednesday, 26 May (2021)
Location: The Astor Hotel
Time: 7pm
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure

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Variety SA 4WD Adventure
2 – 8 April (2022)

Victorian High Country
‘Living the high life’

This event is fully booked. CLICK HERE to register your interest for the Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2023)

Key Dates – (2022)

Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2022): Event Launch
Date: Wednesday, 15 September (2021)
Location: TBC
Time: TBC
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure

Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2022): Orientation
Date: Sunday, 27 February (2022)
Location: TBC
Time: TBC
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure

Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2022): Briefing Night
Date: Wednesday, 23 March (2022)
Location: Variety SA Office
Time: 6pm
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure

Variety SA 4WD Adventure: (2022) – Victorian High Country – ‘Living the high life’
Date: 2 – 8 April (2022)
Location: Victorian High Country
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure

Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2022): Event Reunion
Date: Wednesday, 25 May (2022)
Location: TBC
Time: TBC
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure

An Adventure in the Red Centre

‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’

Last year, the 2020 Variety 4WD Adventure was postponed due to COVID-19. Fast forward to 2021, the event was finally able to hit the road or dirt as it were. Across seven days, 135 Variety 4WD Adventurers travelled from Kulgera to Coober Pedy via Uluru and a myriad of natural wonders. We are so excited to announce that over the past two years, this event raised an incredible $876,500 (net)!

This would not be possible without the support and hard work from our dedicated sponsors, led by Platinum sponsor Jarvis Toyota, Gold sponsors: AMPM, BTR Excavations, Codan, Commercial & General, Greatrex Marketing, Ramsey Bros, SES Industrial Services, Stratco, Tim Adams Wines, Silver sponsors: Beasley Pool Heating, Bianco Reinforcing, Frost Constructions, Stringer Roofing, TJM SA, and our passionate fundraisers. Thank you to everybody who made this event possible, these funds are vital in helping SA kids in need.

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Prairie to the Dairy

Parachilna to Laura (2019)

Incredible fundraising result from the Variety SA 4WD Adventure 2019

Variety SA 4WD Adventure Group Photo 2019

Well done to everyone involved in the Variety SA 4WD Adventure journey from Parachilna to Laura – “Prairie to the Dairy.” The result of $588,500 (net) will go a long way to helping change the lives of many SA kids in need.

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Across the Great Australian Bight

Esperance to Streaky Bay (2018)

The 24th Variety SA 4WD Challenge (now Adventure) – ‘Across the Great Australian Bight’ proudly supported by platinum sponsor Jarvis Toyota was an incredible 8-day journey from Esperance (WA) to Streaky Bay (SA), offering much diversity to the entrants. All enjoyed the picturesque scenery, thrills, challenges as well as the overall experience, camaraderie and hospitality en route.

Congratulations to all of our 4WD Entrants and to outgoing Chair David Ahola on a brilliant event raising an incredible RECORD BREAKING $741,000 (net). Money raised from the 4WD Adventure will go towards funding grants that help South Australian kids in need!

If you missed this year’s trip, get a team together and join in the 2019 Variety SA 4WD Adventure – ‘Prairie to the Dairy.’ A tour through the Mid North region of South Australia from Parachilna to Laura.


The Secret Tracks of SA

Southern Flinders to the Barossa Valley (2017)

Congratulations to all of our 4WD Challenge entrants and Chair David Ahola on a fantastic event raising $577,000 (net) for SA kids in need. The 23rd Variety SA 4WD Challenge – ‘Secret Tracks of SA’ was an incredible 7-day journey from Port Pirie in the Southern Flinders Ranges to the iconic Barossa Valley.

Proudly supported by Platinum Sponsor Jarvis Toyota once again, this event was a huge success and organisers are already in planning, and looking forward to the 2018 event from Esperance (WA) to Streaky Bay (SA)!


High Country – The Alpine Tour

Albury to Echuca – Victorian High Country and NSW Kosciusko National Park (2016)

The 22nd Variety SA 4WD Challenge – ‘Through the Australian High Country’ was an incredible 7 day journey, offering much diversity to the entrants. All enjoyed the challenge of the terrain as well as the overall experience, camaraderie and hospitality en route.

From the crystal clear mountain streams, to the peaks of some of Australia’s highest mountains, the views were world-class and served as a stunning reminder of how fortunate we are to live in such an unspoilt environment. Whilst fun and enjoyment was plentiful, the event’s main aim was to raise much needed money for children in need in South Australia and the 2016 event raised a mighty $425,000 (net). Congratulations to all!

Highlights included Lake Hume,Tom Groggin Station, Mount Pinnabar and Mount Gibbo tracks, the chairlift at Thredbo, the alpine resorts in autumn, Native Dog Flat, the Blue Duck Inn, the paddle steamer at Echucha and much more.

Some would say that the real highlights were the special moments shared with new and old friends who enjoy a shared passion for the Variety cause and the outdoors.

What is the 4WD Adventure

Variety’s premier 4WD event in Australia is a seven day outback adventure taking 4WD vehicles and their owners off the bitumen and into the outback, but doing it in style. The emphasis is on good tracks, fabulous scenery, great food and wine and of course, fun and entertainment.

The 4WD Adventure is Variety SA’s second highest fundraiser behind our flagship event, the Variety Bash, raising in excess of six million net for special children since its inception. It is an outback adventure taking 4WD vehicles and their owners off the bitumen and into the outback, but doing it in style – fully hosted, catered, booked entertainment, showers and flushing toilets and a friendly bunch of people. The emphasis is on experiencing our magnificent outback environment, fabulous scenery, good tracks, great food and wine and of course, fun and entertainment.

As with all Variety events, safety is a major consideration. Our experienced outback team includes a medical team, mechanics, 4WD experts, a fully set up radio communications vehicle, satellite phones and an aircraft. The Adventure caters for both the experienced and inexperienced four wheel drive enthusiasts with options to take an easier track on the more difficult terrain.

What does it cost?

Due to overwhelming demand, the Variety SA 4WD Adventure 2021 is FULLY BOOKED!

This event is fully booked. CLICK HERE to register your interest for the Variety SA 4WD Adventure (2023)

Entry Fee – $550 including GST, entry fee is payable per vehicle to guarantee your spot on the event.

Participation Fee – $1200 per crew member this fee covers all gourmet meals and entertainment, along with nightly sunset parties for the duration of the 7 day event, 1 nights accommodation (night 2) along with the event merchandise.

FUNDRAISING

A Minimum of $7000 per vehicle of fundraising or sponsorship is required to participate.

For vehicles with 3 or more crew members, an additional $1500 fundraising per person is required.

Eg. 3 Crew Team: $8500 Minimum

4 Crew Team $10000 Minimum.

As with all Variety Events, you are encouraged to raise as much as possible and the Variety office is here to assist you with this, please talk to the event team for ideas and resources.

What is Tax Deductable?

Monies donated to Variety are generally tax deductible under the Income Tax Assessment Act provided. They qualify as an unfettered donation; that is, the donor can prove that they have received no value in return for the donation

What is NOT Tax Deductable?

Sponsors and entrants should accordingly be aware that the following ARE NOT deductible as donations. These costs are met personally by the crew members.

  1. The $550 entry fee
  2. Event participation fee (includes, meals, merchandise and accommodation costs etc)
  3. Vehicle purchase, preparation, maintenance and running costs
  4. Associated travel costs eg, return airfares, vehicle return transport or vehicle recovery costs
  5. Additional merchandise purchases
  6. Ticket sales, including raffle tickets
  7. Auction Items

Variety is not a tax consultant and therefore assumes no liability for action taken as a result of these guidelines. In any instances where an entrant or a sponsor is uncertain of the tax implications of their involvement, they should consult their own accountant or tax adviser.

What support systems are available?

As with all Variety events, safety is a major consideration. Our experienced outback team includes medical teams, mechanic and tyre experts, 4WD specialists, a fully set up radio communications vehicle with satellite phones and an aircraft.

Do I need 4WD Experience?

The Adventure caters for both the experienced and inexperienced four-wheel drive enthusiasts. If you are looking for a seven-day outback adventure with all the excitement of 4WD driving, with a group of fun loving, like-minded people then consider Variety’s 4WD Adventure.

What gear will I need?

To ensure your vehicle meets the challenge, it will need to have 4WD with High and Low range and quality All Terrain Tyres. Most 4WD are ready to go off the showroom floor and you are also able to hire them for the event.

Additional Items you will require are:

  • Snatch strap and suitable bow shackles (min 3 tonne rating)
  • Adequate recovery points on front and rear of your vehicle
  • Two extra spare tyres on rims
  • Spare Air Filters, it can be a lot of dust at times.
  • Suitable spares and tools as your experience of the vehicle dictates
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First Aid kit
  • Camping gear, swags/tent
  • Shovel & Toilet Paper
  • Air Compressor
  • UHF radio, fitted to vehicle
  • 20L container of water
  • Fuel Container – the ability to carry additional fuel if required in an approved container

Who should be in my crew?

The event is ideally suited to husband and wife teams, and mates with their mates.

The event caters for teams of mates with their mates and husband and wife teams. For a bit of extra fundraising cars can have 4 people in a car.

How do I fundraise?

Fundraising Checklist

  • Come up with idea to fundraise
  • Obtain ”authority to fundraise” letter from the Variety office
  • Market your event/idea to maximise exposure – check logo use & branding with the Variety team before proceeding

*All donations $2 or over are tax-deductible.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters for their ongoing generosity!

There’s something that makes the Variety SA 4WD Adventure so special – by taking part you are directly changing the lives of kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs – and YOU get to see where your fundraising dollars go. By giving practical equipment and experiences, Variety enables children to overcome the obstacles they face, and help kids be kids. But we can’t do it without you – the funds you raise will help us help SA kids in need!

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor

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Sponsor’s Message

It is my great pleasure to be writing this sponsor’s message as General Manager of Jarvis Toyota.

I have been with The Jarvis Group for over 33 years and it is an absolute delight to be part of a passionate organisation who are truly dedicated in their support of the 4WD Adventure and Variety.

Our commitment is driven by the knowledge that we are helping the community and providing ongoing assistance to benefit the lives of South Australian children in need.

In its history, the 4WD Adventure team has always strived for the absolute best! No amount of inclement weather or economic obstacles get in their way. The great success of the 4WD Adventure is without doubt due to the hard work, dedication and determination of everyone involved. The year on year outstanding fundraising results proves the overwhelming support Variety has in South Australia. It should also be mentioned this event is run in such a professional, entertaining and exceptional manner by Variety and their team of volunteers, that the decision to continue Platinum sponsorship for the coming years was not a difficult one.

The 4WD Adventure has grown every year since its inception in 1997; not only in the funds it generates, but in its capacity as a memorable event for all who are associated. Jarvis Toyota are immensely honoured to be involved and I’m sure ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ will be another successful event raising valuable funds for children in need.

We believe our involvement with Variety has impacted extremely positively on our business and we would highly recommend Variety to companies who are considering sponsorship of, or alignment with, a charity. It truly is a great family to be a part of!

On behalf of all the team at Jarvis Toyota, we look forward to sponsoring the 2021 4WD Adventure: An Adventure in the Red Centre – ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ and what is sure to be another fabulous event. We encourage anyone who is considering becoming a participant to register and come on board.

Robert Russo
General Manager, Jarvis Toyota

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Variety SA 4WD Adventure – ‘PROMO’

Variety SA 4WD Adventure – ‘SUPPORT’

Variety SA 4WD Adventure – ‘SCENERY’

Variety SA 4WD Adventure – ‘ACTION’

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Variety SA 4WD Adventure – ‘CATERING’

PHOTO GALLERIES

Variety 4WD Adventure (2018): Across the Great Australian Bight
Esperance to Streaky Bay

4WD Adventure Featured

Variety 4WD Adventure (2017): The Secret Tracks of SA
Southern Flinders to the Barossa Valley (2017)

4wd Adventure Group Photo

Variety 4WD Adventure (2016): High Country – The Alpine Tour
Albury to Echuca – Victorian High Country and NSW Kosciusko National Park

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4WD Seafood Meal

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We’re here to support you on your fundraising journey

At Variety South Australia we are extremely grateful to each and every one of our Variety 4WD Adventure entrants who tirelessly raise funds throughout the year to assist South Australian kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. That is why we endeavour to support you along your fundraising journey by providing information, advice and suggestions about everything related to the Variety 4WD Adventure.

We will support your fundraising by listing a link to up and coming fundraisers in our e-newsletter so make sure you sign up to keep up to date. Subscribe to Variety SA Monthly E-News here

We also list the fundraiser flyer and details on our event and entrant fundraisers calendar.

Go to the Event and Entrant fundraisers calendar now.

Click here to register a fundraiser

Fundraising Ideas

Once you make the decision to join the Variety SA 4WD Adventure you will want to start fundraising. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Set up a personal fundraising page – family, friends and supporters can donate online
  • Email a letter (available from the office) to your database asking them for support
  • Use social media like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word
  • Approach friends who may have their own business and ask them to sponsor your vehicle.
  • Ask friends and colleagues to make variety the beneficiary of casual days, social clubs, a morning tea or BBQ
  • Shaking tins in a high traffic area in your local community (available from the office)
  • Pub collections, ask a local bar to collect $1 for water and donate the money to Variety
  • Sell product e.g. chocolates, wine, lamingtons

Variety staff are available to assist with questions and advice regarding your fundraising and can provide marketing material such as banners and corflutes.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor

Jarvis Toyota - Black Logo

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

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