About the Variety Bash
The Variety Bash is Australia’s largest (and favourite!) motoring event with participants travelling through the heart of Australia to areas that they would otherwise not see, and at the same time raising money for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
Throughout the Bash, participants visit local towns, stopping into schools and organisations to visit the kids. Bashers get to see the direct impact of their fundraising efforts along the way, with a range of educational, health and mobility equipment provided to local schools and organisations enroute.
The event is all about having fun in support of Aussie kids. There are always festivities along the way, from theme nights to entertainment and other activities and games on the road.
History of the Variety Bash
The Variety Bash was originated by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith in 1985 when he organised a group of people to travel from Sydney to Bourke in Far West New South Wales, and from there to Burketown in Northern Queensland.
Dick wanted to take a few mates for a drive in the outback in old cars and at the same time raise money for charity. He charged everyone to enter, and entrants were able to bribe the officials or be fined. That first event raised $250,000 for Variety and was known as the Bourke to Burketown Bash.
Impact of the Variety Bash
In 2015, Variety Victoria celebrated our 25th Variety Bash. Since 1992 the Variety Bash has covered over 100,000 kilometres and has raised over $23 million for children in our State.
Nationally, the Variety Bash has raised over $200 million for children in need.
Variety Bash 2017
The journey begins in Melbourne and travels through the heart of Australia to Fraser Island.
Fri 18th Aug – Melbourne to Traralgon
Experience our great city as we depart Melbourne on the journey of a lifetime, delighting commuters along the way!
Sat 19th Aug – Traralgon to Lakes Entrance
Bashers will experience the change they are making as they take part in several major grant presentations for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs and the organisations that support them.
Sun 20th Aug – Lakes Entrance to Narooma
On the first two days travel, Bashers will experience the area’s diverse mountain ranges, lakes, beaches and farmland as they get to know their Bash family for 2017.
Mon 21st Aug – Narooma to Canberra
Departing Victoria, the Variety Bash will drive through forest tracks and rugged National Parks and wind their way north to the picturesque coastal town of Narooma, situated on the far south coast of NSW.
Tue 22nd Aug – Canberra to Newcastle
Back inland, Bashers will take the short journey into Canberra and take in all the sights of the nation’s capital – from Parliament House to the renowned Australian War Memorial.
Wed 23rd Aug – Newcastle to Coffs Harbour
Beyond Canberra, Bashers will travel through a rapidly changing landscape to Newcastle, a harbour city which started out as a large convict colony before it became a centre for industry.
Thu 24th Aug – Coffs Harbour to Toowoomba
Continuing on through NSW, past historic townships and rolling hills dotted with farms and grazing land, Bashers head back to the coast for an overnight stop in Coffs Harbour – home of stunning beaches, World Heritage rainforests and the Big Banana!
Fri 25th Aug – Toowoomba to Fraser Island
Speaking of bananas, it’s time to hit Queensland! The ‘Garden City’ of Toowoomba awaits Bashers on the edge of the Great Dividing Range – 700 metres above sea level, overlooking the Lockyer Valley – for a stunning overnight stop in southern Queensland.
Sat 26th Aug – Final night party – Fraser Island
Toowoomba also marks the final leg of the journey as Bashers travel to River Heads to board the ferry to take them to their island home – Fraser Island.
Variety Bash 2017….You gotta do it. For more information head to www.variety.org.au/bash/bash-vic