What is the Variety SA 4WD Adventure?
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.
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.
Variety SA 4WD Adventure
20 – 26 March (2021)
An Adventure in the Red Centre
‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’
Travelling to some of Australia’s most iconic locations, given there are so many of them in the Red Centre, our aim is to provide great four wheel driving while allowing the entrants an opportunity to see and explore these wonderful locations.
There are some of you who may not have visited this area before, so rather than rush you past, we plan to allow you time to stop and smell the roses and to enjoy the magnificent surroundings. Iconic places such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon, Mt Dare, Dalhousie Springs and Painted Desert are all on the agenda and we are confident that each one will be a highlight in its own special way.
We are travelling through the lands of our oldest ancestors, including the well-known indigenous tribes and cultures of Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Arrernte, and lesser known ones such as the Yankunytjatjara, Antakirinja, Wangkangurru & Arabana. Sitting and enjoying a cuppa, it’s easy to see why the indigenous have such a strong feeling to this remarkable area, the ruggedness and the serene beauty both at the same time.
The regular offerings will be provided such as sunset drinks, food, glorious food, flushing toilets and hot showers, accompanied by entertainment and fun activities. Our wonderful team of officials, supporters, volunteers and the Variety team will be on hand to ensure the event is a safe and enjoyable week.
The fundraising efforts of the entrants ensures this event contributes much needed funds to assist Variety. As always, this event and the entrants are indebted to the outstanding efforts of the Gold & Silver Sponsors, but particularly to our Platinum Sponsor, Jarvis Toyota and Richard Collins. Their support of the event for over 20 years is truly remarkable and has assisted many thousands of children in need through Variety.
We do this because we love what the Variety 4WD Adventure gives to us but even more so knowing we make many young lives better because of it. We hope by participating you all feel the same way!
Mandy Madgen & Deeon Otto
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: Event Launch (2021)
Date: Monday, 21 September
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure
Variety SA 4WD Adventure: (2020) – An Adventure in the Red Centre – ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’
Date: 20 – 26 March (2021)
Location: Red Centre
Contact: Variety SA 4WD Adventure
4WD Adventure Forms and Marketing Assets
See listed below the forms and marketing assets currently available for download relating to the 4WD Adventure
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- (png)Proudly Supporting – Variety 4WD White Logo (Horizontal)527 KBDownload
- (png)Proudly Supporting – Variety 4WD White Logo (Stacked)567 KBDownload
Day 1: We start the week in Kulgera, just inside the Northern Territory border, before heading west through a number of privately owned stations; Victory Downs, Lyndavale & Mt Ebenezer before hitting the Lasseter Highway. Variety is very appreciative of the Stanes & Morton families for allowing us access over their properties. Sometimes we forget this land is their income and to be able to travel it is a great honour which Variety is very thankful for.
Heading west to Yulara, ‘The Rock’ will be a major highlight, particularly for some of you who have yet to visit this gargantuan Australian icon. Besides Uluru, we will provide time for entrants to head out to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) an awesome rock formation which is surprisingly large.
Of course there is something special planned for our first night on the event and we know the entrants will thoroughly enjoy what we have in store.
Day 2: A late check out allows entrants more time to explore the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park before we head east on an easy drive, via lunch at Curtin Springs, to an early check in at Kings Canyon Resort.
There is time to visit and walk this sensational area called Watarrka National Park. There are numerous walks available, all taking different times, so there will be something available for everyone. Don’t forget to pack those walking shoes!
Day 3: An easy drive via Ernest Giles Road we head to Henbury Station on our way to Boggy Hole where we will give you two nights in the one spot. Once we turn left off the Ernest Giles, we change from tourist to Adventurer and the fun of four wheel driving begins in earnest.
On our way we will enjoy lunch at The Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve before we head to our overnight camp at Boggy Hole in the Finke Gorge National Park. OVZ can attest to the name ‘Boggy’ as they did find some very difficult sandy areas. Mind you, OV1 did try to climb a rather large rock and required assistance to be dragged off, due to two front wheels flailing in the air!
Throughout this area the scenery changes quite incredibly, with sand, rocky outcrops, creek beds and a wonderful billabong where you might enjoy a quick dip or at least enjoy the serene oasis.
Day 4: We continue our rugged 4WD journey north along the Boggy Hole Track and toward Larapinta Drive. Then onto the township of Hermannsburg, the first Aboriginals Lutheran Mission, where you can take time to explore and have a look at some of the wonderful attractions and Indigenous artwork available.
We then head south to the wonderful and picturesque Palm Valley purported to have the oldest river in the world. What else is there to see? palms! Red Cabbage Palms (Livistona Mariae) to be precise and the things that obviously gives the area its name. A tropical oasis in the desert!
Then back we head for a second night in Boggy Hole, crawling along the Finke River to get there!
Day 5: We then head east in the valley between two very different mountain ranges which make up the James Range. To the left there are masses of fallen boulders and rocky outcrops and on the right there are majestic rock flumes that are coral-like and look like they should be in the ocean. How two sides of a valley could look so different is amazing.
Hitting the Stuart Hwy we turn south with a quick diversion to Hendbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve on our way to Erldunda. After lunching at Erldunda we will travel through a number of significant Central Australian Stations, such as Erldunda, Indracowra, Horseshoe Bend and onto Lilla Creek for our night stop.
Well, given we will be at Lilla Creek, that’s where we plan to set you up. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain and the creek starts flowing… wet swags are not fun things to sleep in!
Day 6: More travelling through private stations; The route takes us through more of Lilla Creek before we head into Lambert’s Centre of Australia for morning tea. Lambert’s Centre is considered to be both the geographical and the gravitational centre of Australia, by Geoscience Australia. Apparently this location was calculated from 24,500 points at the high water mark of Australia’s coastline.
Given OV1’s expertise in this area, or lack thereof, we find it hard to work out what this actually means but contemplate this could lead to some great discussions around the campfire one night.
After Lambert’s, we travel to New Crown Homestead for lunch. We recognise the Costellos, Colleen & Don, for making their stations available to us, as they did in 2008. We certainly appreciate this is largely because of Variety’s fantastic reputation.
In the afternoon we drop into the infamous Mt Dare and then head south so we can let you wash away the dust and soak those tired bones in the magnificent hot Dalhousie Springs… just don’t get too alarmed when something starts nibbling on your toes!
Day 7: Perhaps another dip in the hot springs before we take you south via Old Dalhousie Ruins to Oodnadatta for lunch.
After lunch we take you to Arkaringa Station for a sensational sunset, or as Greg Quicke would say, an evening earth turning, overlooking the rugged and majestic Painted Desert. The scenery, which can be viewed from a number of the great lookouts available is quite incredible. A mixture of moonscape, ruggedness and colour, we can only imagine how many artists have been inspired by the harsh beauty of the place.
We think the Painted Desert makes a perfect setting for the final night for an adventure in the Red Centre.
*All route and locations mentioned are subject to change pending conditions or other environmental factors
Prairie to the Dairy
Parachilna to Laura (2019)
Incredible fundraising result from the Variety SA 4WD Adventure 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?
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.
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.
- The $550 entry fee
- Event participation fee (includes, meals, merchandise and accommodation costs etc)
- Vehicle purchase, preparation, maintenance and running costs
- Associated travel costs eg, return airfares, vehicle return transport or vehicle recovery costs
- Additional merchandise purchases
- Ticket sales, including raffle tickets
- 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?
- 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!
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.
General Manager, Jarvis Toyota
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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.
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.
If you are interested in creating, sponsoring or hearing more about our events, get in touch, we would love to hear from you!
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