Welcome to the SA Variety Bash
The Variety Bash was created in 1985 by adventurer Dick Smith when he took a group of friends for a drive he called ‘The Bourke to Burketown Bash’. The Bash is generally an eight day drive in the country with your mates. It is NOT a race or rally, it is a madcap event designed to put the fun into fundraising. Vehicles must be in standard condition and shall be models with a minimum age of 25 years. The drivers and crews, however, are anything but standard issue with most Bashers following the one major rule – don’t take it seriously and have fun! The Bash is the entrant’s reward for a year spent fundraising for the children of SA who really need it.
The Bash today has not changed from its original concept. It began in SA in 1989 and has seen Bashers travel through much of our beautiful country during this time. Over the past 31 years, the SA Bash alone has raised in excess of $43 million (net) for South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with special needs!
Event Information (FAQ)
The Variety Bash is not a race or a rally, but a fun and social event, or in the words of the originator Dick Smith, ‘A drive in the outback with a few mates’. The SA Variety Bash runs for 8 days and the route and destination change each year. The full route is announced at a launch event, shortly after the finalisation of the previous Variety Bash. The Variety Bash has an exemplary safety record. All cars are tracked during the day by officials, who are in contact via HF radio and satellite phone with a central command post. The Variety Bash has its own team of paramedics and has full contact with hospitals, motor workshops and local authorities. In addition, all cars are checked over prior to the event, and a team of Mobile Workshop mechanics attend the event to assist entrants with car problems.
The minimum requirement to enter the Variety Bash is $9,550. This is made up of $550 (Inc GST) entry fee per car and $9,000 of donations per car which can be fundraised and this is tax deductible.
A provisions fee (approximately $895) per person including GST (dependant on destination and duration of the Variety Bash) is also charged. It also covers merchandise, entertainment, fun stops, event DVD, name badge, event commemorative gift and additional services on the event such as mechanical, medical support etc.
Fundraising cannot cover the registration fee, meals, accommodation or costs of your car, although it can be used for the $9,000 donation component and all donations raised are tax deductible. Individual accommodation, refreshments, merchandise, fuel costs, mechanical repairs, car shipping and other out of pocket expenses are at your own expense, and should be considered in your budget when preparing for the Variety Bash.
The most common way to raise money is through fundraising events (such as dinners, trivia nights, golf days etc.) and approaches to sponsors/supporters. Other ideas are included in the Entrants Manual available after entry is received. New ideas are always welcome and can be discussed with the Variety Events team.
Monies donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity 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 nothing of value in return for the donation. WHAT IS NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE? Sponsors and entrants should accordingly be aware that the following ARE NOT deductible as donations. These costs are met personally by the entrants:
1. The $550 entry fee
2. Event Participation Fee (includes meals, merchandise, entertainment etc)
3. Accommodation costs
4.Vehicle purchase, preparation, maintenance and running costs
5. Additional merchandise purchases
6. Associated travel costs, for example, return airfares and accommodation, vehicle return transport or vehicle recovery costs
7. Ticket sales, including raffle tickets
8. Auction items
These comments are to be taken as guidelines only. Variety is not a tax consultant and therefore assumes no liability for actions 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.
Vehicles must be in standard condition and shall be models with a minimum age of 25 years. Please download the Bash Vehicle Info
The Variety Bash has Mobile Workshops who assist you to repair your bash car along the side of the road. We aim to keep you moving and get you to the finish.
The minimum is two (driver and navigator) and the maximum is 4. Bear in mind the size of your bash car, and the amount of luggage you have onboard when picking the size of your crew!
Once the overnight stops have been announced it is up to the entrants to book all of their accommodation unless otherwise advised by Variety. Availability of accommodation in each location can vary from hotel/motel, bed & breakfast, cabins, caravans, hostels and camp grounds.
The Event Manager arranges for local organisations to cater for the Variety Bash. You will receive three meals a day on the event (unless specified) as well as meals and entertainment on our final night, and any tours that have been organised within your Event Participation Fee. Special requirements can be catered for, and must be advised when filling out your medical form prior to the Variety Bash.
Cochrane’s support trucks (referred to as our Bag trucks) travel with the Variety Bash to the overnight stops. Space on the truck is available to entrants to carry swags, tents and spare tyres. Details of Bag truck locations are advised on a daily basis whilst on the Bash. Delivery and collection of items will be advised prior to the Bash. Please note: no emotional baggage allowed on the event.
SA Variety Bash Assets
See listed below the assets currently available for download relating to the SA Variety Bash
- (png)SA Variety Bash – White Logo (Stacked): Version 163 KBDownload
- (png)SA Variety Bash – White Logo (Stacked): Version 263 KBDownload
- (png)SA Variety Bash – White Logo (Horizontal): Version 147 KBDownload
- (png)SA Variety Bash – White Logo (Horizontal): Version 239 KBDownload
- (png)SA Variety Bash – Colour Logo (Stacked): Version 1135 KBDownload
- (png)SA Variety Bash – Colour Logo (Horizontal): Version 169 KBDownload
- (png)Standard Variety SA Logo (White)39 KBDownload
- (jpg)Standard Variety SA Logo (Colour)Download
Online SA Variety Bash Forms (Digital)
SA Variety Bash: Teams
- SA Variety Bash: Update Team Bio
- SA Variety Bash: Register a team (2020)
- SA Variety Bash: Meet the teams (2019)
SA Variety Bash Fundraising
See templates below:
- SA Variety Bash Fundraising Guide
- Event / Fundraiser Reconciliation Form
- Variety SA: Event / Fundraiser Registration Form
Do you need a Variety grant video for your fundraiser? Download one here
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters for their ongoing generosity!
There’s something that makes the SA Variety Bash 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!
Important Diary Dates
SA Variety Bash (2019)
Date: 10 – 17 August, 2019
Location: Mawson Lakes to Murray Bridge
SA Variety Bash: Reunion (2019)
Date: 20 September, 2019
Venue: Seven Stars Hotel
SA Variety Bash (2020): Information (Virgin’s) Night
Date: TBC, 2020
Location: Variety SA Office
SA Variety Bash (2020): Event Launch
Date: TBC, 2020
SA Variety Bash (2020): Fundraising Cut Off Date
Date: TBC, 2020
SA Variety Bash (2020): Gold Door Panel Night
Date: TBC, 2020
SA Variety Bash (2020)
Date: 8 – 15 August, 2020
Location: Little Italy to Big Italy
SA Variety Bash (2020): Event Reunion
Date: TBC, 2020
SA Variety Bash: Media Centre
SA Variety Bash: Recruit Video
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 Bash entrants who tirelessly raise funds throughout the year to assist South Australian children 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 SA Variety Bash.
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!
SA Variety Bash (2019)
Mawson Lakes to Murray Bridge – ‘Mawson to the Murray’
Photos courtesy of Keryn Stevens Photography
Community Interaction, Grant Presentations and Fun
Assorted Entrants, Teams and Fun
SA Variety Bash 30th Anniversary (2018)
Adelaide to Port Lincoln – City to Sea
The 30th Anniversary of the SA Variety Bash ‘City to Sea’ left from Adelaide on Saturday 11 August and after eight days and a total of 2240km travelling through some amazing private property and scenic Bash tracks, the contingent arrived in Port Lincoln to a huge welcome from the locals, before a celebration dinner in a marquee on the Port Lincoln foreshore.
There were many highlights for the 300 SA entrants in 100 vehicles; the grants along the track, the entertainment, the seafood lunch, the 30th Anniversary Birthday Dinner at North Well Station and of course our theme day event, Basharama. However the announcement on the final night that the 2018 SA Variety Bash had raised an amazing $1.76 million net for our kids in need was the biggest highlight of them all!
Over the past 30 years the SA Variety Bash has raised in excess of $41 million (net).
If you are interested in creating, sponsoring or hearing more about our events, get in touch, we would love to hear from you!