Date
6 Apr 2019
- 12 Apr 2019
Location
Parachilna SA, Australia

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What is the Variety SA 4WD Adventure?

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Variety’s premier 4WD event in Australia is a six 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 – (formerly known as the 4WD Challenge) 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.

Big Announcement!

Register today and secure your place on this fantastic journey here.

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Variety SA 4WD Adventure
6 – 12 April (2019)

Parachilna to Laura – ‘Prairie to the Dairy’

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Register your interest now for the Variety 4WD Adventure (2019) proudly sponsored by Jarvis Toyota.

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How do I get on board?

Costs and fundraising:

Entry Fee

Vehicles with two crew members:

An entry fee of $550 (incl GST) payable by the entrants is required, along with a minimum payment of $7,000 per vehicle, that can be raised via sponsorship or fundraising. For each additional crew member $1,500 is payable via sponsorship or fundraising. Of course, as with all Variety events, you are encouraged to raise as much as possible over this.

Event Participation Fee – $1,050

Event participation fee costs $1,050 per person.
This includes:

  • Breakfasts
  • Morning Teas
  • Lunches
  • Gourmet Sunset Parties – Wine, beer and nibbles
  •  2 Course Dinners
  • Merchandise
  • Name Badge
  • 2 x Nights Accommodation
  • Entertainment & Funstops

Key Dates

Date: *TBC
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: Launch (2019)
Location
: TBC
Contact: Ally

Date: *TBC
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: Orientation Day (2019)
Location
: TBC
Contact: Ally

Date: *TBC
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: Officials Briefing Night (2019)
Location
: TBC
Contact: Ally

Date: *TBC
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: Entrant Briefing Night (2019)
Location
: TBC
Contact: Ally

Date: Saturday 6 – Friday 12 April (2019)
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: Event (2019)
Location:
Parachilna to Laura, South Australia
Register interest
Contact:
Ally

Date: TBC
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: Reunion (2019)
Location:
TBC
Contact:
Ally

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.


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 Challenge 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 Challenge caters for both the experienced and inexperienced four wheel drive enthusiasts with options to take an easier track on the more difficult terrain.

Parachilna to Laura – ‘Prairie to the Dairy’

Entry Fee

Vehicles with two crew members:

An entry fee of $550 (incl GST) payable by the entrants is required, along with a minimum payment of $7,000 per vehicle, that can be raised via sponsorship or fundraising. For each additional crew member $1,500 is payable via sponsorship or fundraising. Of course, as with all Variety events, you are encouraged to raise as much as possible over this.

Event Participation Fee – $1,050

Event participation fee costs $1,050 per person.
This includes:

  • Breakfasts
  • Morning Teas
  • Lunches
  • Gourmet Sunset Parties – Wine, beer and nibbles
  • 2 Course Dinners
  • Merchandise
  • Name Badge
  • 2 x Nights Accommodation
  • Entertainment & Funstops

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

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

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.

The Challenge 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 Challenge.

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.

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.

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.

As most of you are probably aware, the Variety 4WD Challenge plays a major part in the list of Variety’s fundraisers, helping to enhance the lives of children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs in our community.

In my 5th year as chair it is indeed a pleasure to announce the 2018 Variety 4WD Challenge proudly sponsored by Jarvis Toyota is heading west to Esperance and finishing in Streaky Bay and will be aptly titled “The Great Australian Bight.”

Once again, we are extremely grateful to our sponsors and to Richard Collins and the Jarvis Group for their 21st year in succession as our Platinum sponsor, what a fantastic commitment.

To our gold sponsors BTR Excavations, Tim Adams Wines, Codan, Ramsey Bros, SES Industrial Services, and Stratco a huge thank you.

To our silver sponsors Accord Property, Advance Robes, Badge, Beasley Solar Pool Heating, Bianco Reinforcing, Big O 4×4, Frost Constructions and Stringer Roofing thank you once again for your continued support.

Please support our sponsors where possible.

Let’s not forget our hardworking committee, office staff, and band of willing volunteers who give up a huge amount of time, energy and money to bring you an amazing week of fine food, fine wines, fantastic scenery, great 4WDriving, and above all camaraderie. Thank you so much for your support.

Well, let’s talk about “The Great Australian Bight”. Having returned from two weeks on survey in July I can promise you some of the most spectacular coastline and scenery there is to offer in this fantastic country of ours. Essentially, we follow in the footsteps of one our most famous explorers Edward John Eyre taking in the pristine beaches, massive sand dunes, and awesome 4WDriving in this remote and generally unchartered part of Australia; not a lot has changed since he set out on this epic journey from Adelaide to Albany in 1840. So get those entries in quick to avoid missing the trip of a lifetime.

Finally there is only one more factor that will top this amazing journey and that is the end result of your fundraising efforts for the ever increasing demand of our special kids.

So let’s make it a year to remember all round, and I look forward to catching up with you all at the launch.

David Ahola
4WD Challenge Chairman

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

I have been with The Jarvis Group for over 31 years and it has been an absolute delight to view the true dedication we, as an organisation, have to the 4WD Challenge and Variety itself.

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 Challenge has always strived for the absolute best. No amount of inclement weather or economic obstacles get in their way. The great success is without doubt due to the hard work, dedication and determination by everyone involved. The outstanding fundraising results that we’ve seen over the years demonstrates the overwhelming support Variety has in the community. It should also be noted that this event is run in such a professional, entertaining and outstanding manner by Variety and their team of volunteers, the decision to continue our support it is not a difficult one.

The 4WD Challenge has grown from year to year since its inception in 1995; not only in the funds it generates, but in its capacity as a memorable event for all who are associated with it. We are immensely honoured to be involved and with unrelenting enthusiasm and commitment, I’m sure we will have another fantastic year that will enable us to touch the lives of even more children.

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 is a great family to belong to.

We would also like to encourage anyone who is considering becoming a participant to come on board in 2018.

On behalf of all the team at Jarvis Toyota, we are looking forward to sponsoring the 2018 4WD Challenge and what is sure to be another fantastic year.

Robert Russo
General Manager – Jarvis Toyota

4WD Adventure Forms

See listed below the forms currently available for download relating to the 4WD Adventure

  • (pdf)Variety 4WD – Track Announcement Flyer (2019)3MBDownload
  • (pdf)4WD Adventure Entry Form (2019)4MBDownload
  • (pdf)4WD Event Manual (2019)2MBDownload
  • (pdf)4WD Adventure Brochure (2019)4MBDownload
  • (pdf)4WD Merchandise Form101kbDownload

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!

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

The government and local authorities have reacted favourably and cooperatively to our trip and Variety SA is again appreciative for this response. It is our responsibility collectively and individually to respect that response and to remember that, whilst beautiful, this region in many ways is a fragile environment. As such, unless directed, it is simply not acceptable to drive off track.

We must maintain our excellent record and not leave any rubbish, not a skerrick. With the generous support of our sponsors, Stringer Roofing, the SV team will be providing our rubbish trailer for everyone to deposit their rubbish each night. All we ask is that you place your rubbish in a rubbish bag before putting it in the trailer. The trailer will be located close to the amenities each night. We must ALL especially be constantly vigilant regarding any possibility of fire – our constant awareness regarding this issue cannot be overstated – smokers please note – don’t light up if you haven’t organised how you’re planning on storing your butt! For clarity, please note, leaving it there is not an option. Please, seriously, no slip-ups. We are all aware of the devastation bushfires cause.

When travelling in the bush it is always wise to be prepared for a bit of everything when it comes to the weather. The advice is to take a broad selection of clothing. The days can be quite warm and the nights will be chilly. If you are planning to sleep under the stars it is a good idea to have a tarp underneath and another above to keep the moisture off your tent or swag. Good strong waterproof footwear and a waterproof coat are recommended.

Remember to slip, slop, slap and wear a hat during the day to protect yourself from getting burnt during the event.

We do have steep stony climbs and even the more moderate tracks have lots of tree roots and those pesky fallen branches are just waiting to stake a tyre. We all know that the best way to damage a tyre is to drive too quickly to notice and avoid the hazards, but in any regard, this is not the trip to take worn or light duty tyres on. If you’re not sure have a chat to MT1 Mick O’Brien (O’Tyre) or one of the other experienced officials. Make sure you have a good compressor and a tyre gauge at the ready, as you will be advised of the recommended tyre pressures along the way.

Remember, we will at times be on public roads, which obviously means all road rules apply. A gentle reminder to keep this in mind, particularly when deciding on the calibre and volume of our lunch time refreshments. On this trip there will be limited opportunity for fast driving as we don’t have many long or level stretches of track. This really will be a challenge where our best approach is to drive to protect the vehicle and tyres, enjoy the amazing views, and just take your time. Some of the scenery is genuinely outstanding, the flip side is that some of the tracks have severe sheer falls to one side, and often to very deep ravines – there is NO room for error – a clear head at all times will be “handy”. A special note, bear in mind that there could be vehicles coming head on, and our preceding Challengers may be unaware or unable to alert those following as there are tracks intersecting ours. Some bends allow minimal passing room – travelling too quickly and meeting someone head on may certainly cause a very awkward moment. Use your UHF to notify other Challengers of oncoming traffic.

Often we’ve all got loads of recovery stuff with us and because it’s not readily accessible, which makes using it at those times you need it “a hassle”, we have a go without it. WRONG. Make sure you can get to YOUR shackles and straps very easily, and don’t rely on using someone else’s. That means having your shackle points organised before you go – for the rear, a simple solution is to remove your tow bar tongue and insert an aftermarket shackle point – easy – and works well. For the front (and back), please note that what looks like a recovery shackle point may only be the tie down point for when new vehicles are transported for initial sale – these should not be used, to do so will risk injury – if uncertain, contact Variety, and you will be directed to a reputable source/fitter. Oh, by the way, it pays to have water-proof (mud-proof) bags handy to put your sodden/muddy strap back into when you’re done – strong garbage bags and/or an old sports bag can do the job.

As we are doing a lot of bush tracks it is worth considering using some duco protection.

If looking to protect your Landcruiser, then you cant go past Rhinohide panels. Purchase a set and Rhinohide will DONATE $500 to Variety. If you are an entrant in a Variety event the $500 will be credited to your fundraising .. win/win! Click here. For other vehicle makes/models, give Marc a call on 089 468 9655 to check.

OVZ will “CAUTION” where practical, those obstacles that are particularly bad or dangerous. A single “C” will indicate to take particular caution. A double “CC” will indicate to take extreme caution and care. This will be explained in more detail at the Entrant Briefing. Please be vigilant and drive to the conditions. Remember it is not a race. Should we need to redirect due to a track becoming impassable, follow the corflute’s. We will advise when you re-join the route with an instruction. For example “you are at the 23.46 point on your instructions”.

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Parachilna to Laura – ‘Prairie to the Dairy’ – 6 – 12 April


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The Cause

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!

HELP US GIVE A FAIR GO TO SA KIDS WHO ARE SICK, DISADVANTAGED OR HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS.

Make a tax-deductible donation and be a part of something incredible.

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