The Bash was originated by businessman, explorer and philanthropist Dick Smith in June 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. That first event raised $250,000 for Variety and was known as the Bourke to Burketown Bash. Since the original Bourke to Burketown Bash, the iconic event has grown in popularity, and now takes place in every Australian state and territory*, raising more than $216 million since the inaugural event.
Committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. By giving practical equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest – simply put, we help kids be kids.
Variety Supports Kids with over 193 different conditions
Granting an average of $1M per month nationally
Providing tangible equipment and services
To help Aussie kids be kids