Variety WA Bash

8 Sep 2023
- 16 Sep 2023

Registrations are now closed.

The 2023 Variety Bash will start Friday 8 to Saturday 16 September 2023. Kicking off in Merredin and finishing on the coast in beautiful Denham.

We’re talkin’ about a ‘carnival on wheels’, adrenaline-pumping off-the-map tracks, all to raise essential funds for WA kids living with sickness, disadvantage and disability.

You’ll experience some of WA’s most beautiful and remote places with an experienced crew, private caterers and the opportunity to see the impact of your fundraising along the way.

The Variety Bash is an epic event that has run for a fair few decades. Teams and communities come together to take part in our 8 day event in their whacky wagons, taking off across WA with multiple stops in between, visiting local communities and schools, hand delivering Variety Grants.

This WA event is one for the events calendar every year. There really isn’t anything quite like it! The camaraderie and devotion each basher has speaks for itself hence why we see so many regular participants returning to the event year after year.

This WA fundraiser helps kids receive a fair go.

 Costs & Fundraising Requirements:

  • Car Entry Fee: $220 inc GST per car
  • Individual Entry Fee: $1,650 inc GST per person
  • Minimum Fundraising:
    • $4,000 for Bash cars with a crew of 1st time participants
    • $8,000 per returning Bash Car

 What’s included in your entry fee:

  • All meals, entertainment and camping fees
  • Luggage transport
  • 24/7 support from our experienced team of mechanics, medical staff and officials
  • Variety Bash merchandise, including an official event shirt and more
  • Opportunity to make a difference to the lives of WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability

Please note: Accommodation, fuel and vehicle expenses are not included in this cost, unless advised otherwise by the Variety WA Motoring Events team.

 What you’ll need to provide:

  • A crew of two to four people with a sense of adventure
  • A pre-1997 car prepared to Bash specifications. Need a car? Check out our Bash Cars for Sale page
  • A fun theme with costumes for your crew and car
  • Your entry and levy fees and the minimum fundraising

If you’re ready to get on board for this adventure of a lifetime, register your interest today!

It’s all for a good cause

Variety – the Children’s Charity is all about giving a fair go to WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability.

By providing vital and practical equipment, programs and experiences, we help children in need to overcome the obstacles they face to live life to the fullest and help ‘kids be kids.’ Our work allows children to gain mobility and freedom, to get out and about in the community, increase self-esteem and achieve independence.

This can range from an iPad and specialist ‘apps’ to help children living with autism, to vehicle modifications for children with physical disability to travel safely in the family car, modified bicycles, wheelchairs, scholarships, camps and more!

We’re here to support you

Here at Variety WA we are extremely grateful to each and every one of our Bash-ers who tirelessly raise funds throughout the year to help WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability… That is why we endeavour to support your fundraising efforts wherever we can by providing information, advice and suggestions. Check out our fundraising guide here.

Get in touch with us at [email protected] or call 9355 3655 for support.

Need more information

If you are interested in joining or supporting the Variety Bash and want to know more, get in touch with Kellie from our friendly team today!

[email protected]

08 9355 3655

Variety Bash FAQs

What is the Variety Bash

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 WA 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.

What do I need?

A crew of two to four people with a sense of adventure.

A pre-1994 car prepared to Bash specifications. Need a car? Check out our Bash Cars for Sale page.

A fun theme with costumes for your crew and car.

Your entry and levy fees and the minimum fundraising.

For more information contact our events team – (08) 9355 3655 or via [email protected]

What does it cost?

Entry: $220 per Bash Car inc GST payable on entry
Levy: $1,650 per person inc GST
Minimum Fundraising: $4,000 per new Bash Car |  $8,000 per returning Bash Car

What's included in the cost?

All meals, entertainment, luggage transport, medical services, public liability insurance, and on-road mechanical support.

*fuel and vehicle running costs are at your own.

Can I use fundraising to cover the cost of the trip?

No, your fundraising is made up of donations and as such needs to be receipted correctly by Variety WA. However, you may be able to obtain sponsorship from your supporters to cover your costs.

How do I fundraise?

There are many ways to fundraise. You can obtain corporate donations, hold an event or run a raffle. Some workplaces even offer matched donations. Whichever you decide, don’t hesitate to call the Variety Bash team on 08 9355 3655 or email [email protected]

What is tax deductible?

Any donation made to Variety WA over $2 is tax deductible, provided no tangible benefit or value is received in return for the donation.

What kind of vehicle is required?

Any vehicle manufactured before 1994 are accepted. All vehicles must be 2WD vehicles.

Is accommodation provided on the Variety Bash for participants?

Camping is included in your participant’s levy. If you do not want to camp you can book (if it’s available) your own accommodation at your cost.

What meals are catered for on the event?

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are catered for you.

How many people can I have in my car?

You can have as many as your car is licensed to carry. A minimum of 2 passengers are required.

What about baggage?

The Variety WA Bash travels with a B-Double trailer assembly with a 40 foot container for participants luggage. Each car is allocated a bay or two to carry swag and extra gear that doesn’t fit in your Bash car. The baggage truck does not carry spare tyres, fuel or parts for your car.

Does Variety provide mechanical support during the Bash?

Yes. There are four Mobile Workshop (MW) crews who travel with the Variety WA Bash and are fully equipped to handle most repairs or they are not able to fix the problem they will help you get to the nearest workshop who can.

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