Friday June 23, 2017

The legend of the Variety Bash continues

Famous convoy of quirky cars, crazy costumes & committed crews
to tackle 3700km of Queensland: August 5 to 14

Now in its 26th year, the legendary Variety Bash is a 3700km, 10 day roadtrip of a lifetime, one which this year will see 350 participants travel the length of Queensland, all for a single cause – to raise money for Queensland kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

The 2015 XXXX Gold ‘Coral Seas to Island Breeze’ Variety Bash departs Cairns on Wednesday August 5, and 3000km later, arrives on Fraser Island on August 14. Traveling the iconic roads of Queensland will be 126 cars – 77 Variety Bash cars, 34 official vehicles and 15 Auxiliary Workshop Vehicles (the magical mechanics who keep all the teams moving!!).

This year 77 teams will take part, with participants flying in from all over the country, many returning and some who have been in every Bash! Each has a fantastic story, a great vehicle and a reason for taking part (interview requests, imagery and more all available on request).  Of course all Variety Bash vehicles must be at least 30 years old and boast no performance enhancing modifications.

The ‘Bashers’ will depart Cairns and travel south west through Chillagoe, Kidston, Hughenden, Barcaldine, Lake Maraboon, Mitchell, Taroom, Gayndah and finally, Kingfisher Bay on the picturesque, Fraser Island, supporting local economies along the way, with community groups supplying food to the Bashers and the car convoy utilising accommodation where possible.

As with all of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland events, there will be the integral mix of fun and philanthropy as the affectionately named ‘Bashers’ meet with locals – school children, parents and grandparents alike – to brighten their day and provide equipment and services to sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids along the way.

Since its inception in Queensland in 1990, the Variety Bash has raised more than $17 million for children and children’s organisations across Queensland. Accumulatively, the Variety Bash across the country has raised $200 million since it started 30 years ago. To find out more information about the XXXX Gold Variety Bash and Variety – the Children’s Charity, please visit

2015 XXXX Gold Variety Bash Overnight Stops

Start                               Wednesday 5th August                     Cairns

Day 1                             Wednesday 5th August                     Chillagoe

Day 2                             Thursday 6th August                         Kidston

Day 3                             Friday 7th August                               Hughenden

Day 4                             Saturday 8th August                          Barcaldine

Day 5                             Sunday 9th August                            Lake Maraboon

Day 6                             Monday 10th August                        Lake Maraboon

Day 7                             Tuesday 11th August                         Mitchell

Day 8                             Wednesday 12th August                   Taroom

Day 9                             Thursday 13th August                       Gayndah

Day 10                           Friday 14th August                            Kingfisher Bay

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