Event Details

2017 Route


Thursday 3 August
Belmore - Wellington - Bourke


Friday 4 August
Bourke - Hungerford - Thargomindah


Saturday 5 August
Thargomindah - Adavale - Blackall


Sunday 6 August
Blackall - no lunch stop - Winton


Monday 7 August
Winton - no lunch stop - Mount Isa


Tuesday 8 August
Lay Day


Wednesday 9 August
Mount Isa - Avon Downs - Tennant Creek


Thursday 10 August
Tennant Creek - Spell Paddock Bore - Katherine


Friday 11 August
Katherine - no lunch stop - Jabiru


Saturday 12 August
Lay day and crocodile watching


Sunday 13 August
Jabiru to City Parade to Buffalo Creek


Conditions of Entry

  • All vehicles entered in the Bash must have been manufactured prior to or during 1978. They must be roadworthy, registered and insured as prescribed by State laws. All vehicles must be conventional two wheel drive vehicles with a maximum crew of four (4) people. Motorcycles, buses, coaches, caravans, skateboards or wheelbarrows are not allowed.
  • All vehicles must carry the Bash door panels on the front doors onto which must be fixed the allocated Bash number for that vehicle. The vehicle number must also be clearly visible, using white numbers on the front window and fluro numbers (first set provided by the Bash Office, replacements @ $25) on the rear window. All cars must also display the sponsor’s stickers, as supplied by the organisers, which includes a front window strip that doubles as a sun strip, and rear window strip advertising the Bash.
  • All vehicles are required to attend the nominated ChequePoint day prior to the start of the Bash. Any vehicles unable to attend the ChequePoint day need to obtain prior consent from the Motoring Events Manager.
  • Everyone taking part in the Bash in any way must sign indemnity and Code of Conduct forms as issued by Variety – the Children’s Charity (NSW).
  • All entrants in the Bash must have paid to Variety – the Children’s Charity (NSW) either personally or through donations the sum on the Entry Form at least two weeks prior to the start of the event.
  • Any provisions fee, pallecon bookings or extra merchandise MUST be paid two weeks prior to the start of the event.
  • At all times all entrants must abide by the rules of the road as prescribed by State laws and statues.

Further conditions of entry may be drawn up by the organisers and will be printed in the monthly bulletin issued from the Bash office.


Entry fee

Entrants, fondly known as ‘Bashers’ must fundraise or donate a minimum of $8,500 per car for Variety – the Children’s Charity to enter the Variety B to B Bash. This is for an entry of one car and up to four (4) people.

A $500 non-refundable donation on entry, followed by payments up to and beyond the $8,500 which must be paid two (2) weeks prior to the Bash start. Any additional crew members over and above the initial four people will require an additional $2,500 per person in donations plus provisions fee.

Provisions Fee

As the organisers, we make arrangements for the majority of your meals on the Bash and charge you a ‘provisions fee.’ The provisions fee covers breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days except where stated. As an example, some days we have on the Bash may be called Lay or Free Days where there are no organised meals and you are free to do whatever you wish.

If you are not completing the entire Bash, you must notify the Bash Office with first and last meals required so your provisions fee can be calculated.

The provisions fee also covers the cost of selected merchandise and entertainment during the Bash.

You will be notified of the provision fee once registered closer to the date.

Other Costs

Additional costs such as fuel, mechanical repairs, accommodation, refreshments, car shipping, return travel and other out-of-pocket expenses are at your own expense.

Getting Started with your Bash Car

To enter the Bash you’ll need a car manufactured prior to or during 1978.  You may wish to start fresh with a car you have bought or a family hand-me-down or you may wish to buy a pre-built and tested Bash car (see Bash cars for sale page to view secondhand Bash cars for sale).

You will need a reliable, well-built vehicle, which will survive the trip and be noticed so that your sponsors receive some benefit. If you are starting fresh with an un-Bashed car you will need to make some adjustments to the car to make it safe in the Outback.  The transmission, engine and engine ancillaries must be as originally specified for the vehicle.  Modifications to the brakes, suspension and fuel tanks are allowed for safety but no improvements for extra speed or performance modifications are allowed.

Modifications to the body shape are permitted where such modifications are designed to enhance the appearance of the vehicle for sponsorship purposes or for fun!  Attention-grabbing and unusual decorations make for a great Bash car… the stranger the better.

Essential Equipment for your Bash Car

The items listed below should be carried in your vehicle as a minimum requirement. These items will be checked at ChequePoint Day:

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Two spare wheels/tyres, mounted and inflated
  • Towing Rope, preferably a “snatchem strap”. Wire cables are NOT acceptable
  • 40 Channel UHF CB radio in working order
  • Roof mounted flashing amber light with rear roof mounted, downward facing reversing amber light – NO RED, BLUE, GREEN OR OTHER COLOURED LIGHTS PERMITTED
  • Tow ball or hook (front and rear). Front tow ball to be removable.

Recommended Equipment for your Bash Car

The following pieces of equipment are recommended to be carried in your vehicle:

  • 20 Litres of fuel in approved containers plus funnel or syphon hose
  • 20 Litres of water, suitable for drinking and cooling system top up.
  • 5 Litres of engine oil
  • 5 Litres of auto-transmission oil (if applicable)
  • 1 Litre of diff oil
  • 500mls of brake fluid
  • Jumper leads (automatic vehicles included)
  • One can of WD40 or equivalent
  • One can/bottle radiator stop leak
  • Jack and jacking plate for soft ground plus wheel brace
  • Fan belt
  • Radiator hoses, length of heater hose
  • Fuel hoses
  • Fuses
  • Heavy duty torch
  • One roll of racing tape, small roll of tie wire
  • Basic tool kit: nothing too large. An assortment of screwdrivers, shifters, small ring and open ended spanners, pliers, side cutters, pocket knife, gaffer tape, electrical tape, some small and medium size cable ties, a pair of multi-grips and some insulated wire of the size used in cars
  • Spare parts: Water pump, fuel pump, fuel filters (desirable but not essential), air filter, condenser, coil, exhaust gaskets and mounting straps, universal joint, rear axle with new bearing (wrap bearings in plastic)
  • Selleys Knead-it is a good all-purpose epoxy repair for broken thermostat housings and general repairs
  • Tarpaulin: May be required to place in front of vehicle when crossing deep water
  • Two spare wheels and tyres together with two tubes. The tyres should be decent off-road tyres as they are more resistant to punctures.

Bash Car Preparation Checks

The following checks are recommended when preparing your Bash Car:

  • Lubrication and Cooling – both systems should be drained, flushed and generally cleaned out. For engines that have been stationary for some time, this is a MUST. Remember the transmission and differential too!
  • Engine and transmission mountings – check for any tears, perished/worn areas or oil damage. (Body mountings if applicable).
  • Drive shafts – check the universals, yokes, centre bearings and their mountings if applicable.
  • Protect exposed clutch and brake mechanisms.
  • Suspensions – check the cross members for cracks and worn/perished mounting rubber joints, links, pins, ball-joints and bushes etc., shock absorbers, springs, shackles, leaves and centre bolts.
  • Brakes – check the linings, hoses, metal brake lines and their securing, wheel and master cylinders.
  • Wheel/Tyres – check for wheel cracks and seek out a good “off road” type of tyre. Go to a tyre retailer and seek their advice, explaining you will be doing a lot of dirt driving on mixed, country road conditions.
  • Wheel/axle bearings – check seals, clean, inspect repack/grease.
  • Engine – tune and waterproof the ignition.
  • Wiper blades – replace. Ensure windscreen washers work efficiently.
  • Electrical problems
  • To reduce the chances of having a problem get your car looked over by an auto electrician. Frayed wiring should be taped up and the generator or alternator checked over.
  • Take along basic spares such as points, plugs, condenser, even a rotor, coil and distributor cap. Take along a spare fan belt.
  • Make sure the battery is very secure and the battery holder is not rusted away.
  • If you have an automatic car, take a spare starter motor.

Ground Clearance on your Bash Car

One of the recommendations for the Bash is giving your car some additional ground clearance. The easiest way to do this is use larger diameter wheels and tyres. Holdens can go for 14″x 6″ steel wheels, (from an HK to HG Monaro) and 7.5 x 14 tyres to suit the Japanese utes (such as Holden Rodeos). Fords and Valiants already have 14″ wheels and the 7.50 x 14 tyres can be used. The Yank Tanks can use 15″ or 16″ wheels with appropriately larger tyres. Ensure you still have full steering lock to lock.

If you need more ground clearance, the best way is to have the springs reset or add extra leaves. Do not try to raise the back using air shocks. They are renowned for their ability to punch the back floor out of cars due to the air pressure in one shocker increasing when the other shocker has been compressed. This makes the shocker act like a solid bar and if a bump comes along while it is in this condition, goodbye floor!

With Holdens, it is wise to get a crossmember welded between the rear subframes as a mount for the top of the shockers, as Holdens are weak in the body where the shocker mounts are.

If you raise the rear of the car, you should also raise the front to match. Remember to get the front end re-aligned after you do this. Also when raising the car, check to make sure the shockers don’t run out of travel when the suspension moves.

Get professional advice when changing suspension.

Bash Car Tow Balls

A compulsory fitting on a Bash car is 50mm tow balls fitted front and back. This is so that we can tow a broken vehicle into the nearest place of repair with the straight bars that all workshops carry. These bars have trailer hitches on both ends and are a lot safer than tow ropes.

The back end is easy, just get a normal tow bar. A bit of thought needs to go into the front to ensure that the tow ball is mounted on a substantial part of the car, such as a subframe. Do not make the mistake of mounting it off-centre, as the car will be a lot harder to drive under tow and remember to check your local regulations for mounting details. Front tow ball to be removable.

Protecting your Bash Car's undercarriage and engine

Sump and stone guards are essential for the underside of the car. These have different requirements so need slightly different approaches.

The sump guard is to prevent the sump and gearbox from damage sustained by hitting rocks on the road. This needs to be reasonably strong. For those who can afford it, aluminium checkerplate as used to make boat trailers etc. is ideal if given a little bit of bracing. Steel checkerplate is perhaps a little heavy, and a lighter gauge of metal could be used. The sump guard should be no wider than the sump of the engine to allow engine heat to get away from the engine bay. Remember to mount the plate securely and check that the steering doesn’t touch it, even with the wheels off the ground.

The fuel tank guard is to prevent the fuel tank being pierced by stones and smaller rocks. Thus the guard can be made of lighter gauge metal. However, the guard should cover all exposed parts of the fuel tank.

As the going is likely to be dusty on the Bash, it is a good idea to get a good quality air cleaner element along with a couple of spares. They should be changed regularly on the Bash. Sand and dust getting into an engine through the air cleaner can do a very rapid job of reboring your engine, and without the necessary larger pistons and rings, can turn your motor into a pile of junk that even STP Oil Treatment can’t fix.

For water crossings or holes — be careful as hitting the water too hard can cause water and mud to go through your air cleaner and into your engine with a fatal result.

Tail Shaft loop

This is highly recommended on the Bash. If the front universal joint breaks, the front of the tail shaft is stopped from hitting the road and acting as a pole vault.

The loop can be made a number of ways. The easiest is to use some inch by eighth steel strap, make a loop under the tailshaft (give it plenty of clearance) and bolt it to the floor. It should be positioned about six inches behind the front universal. Another effective method is to use some chain and bolt it to the floor either side of the tailshaft with a loop hanging under the tailshaft.

Engine Restraint

The engine restraint is required so that the engine can’t move forward and damage the radiator or go backwards in a minor accident, or when the car goes into a big pothole or similar. The easiest way to achieve this is to get some heavy chain, bolt one end to the engine and weld the other end to the chassis. You can do this for both forwards and backwards directions by running the chain forwards and backwards, welding it both ends and bolting the middle to the engine.

Fuel and brake line protection

This isn’t compulsory, but it is a good idea anyway. On most cars, the fuel and brake lines run alongside the chassis or subframes from front to back. They can be easily protected using garden hose. Take a length of hose long enough to do the job, split it lengthways with a knife, then slip it over the fuel and brake lines. You can then hold it on using nylon cable ties.

  • Check copper brake pipes as after a couple of years they harden and crack. Best to replace with steel pipe.
  • Cooling System
  • Check cooling system for correct operation:
  • Clean and flush cooling system
  • Check operation of thermostat (do not remove thermostat, if it is overheating there must be a problem)
  • Check pressure cap
  • Check air flow through radiator
  • Check water circulation through radiator
  • Check electric fan operation
  • Check temperature gauge reading correctly
  • Fit a low water level indicator with light and buzzer
  • If you have a coolant leak in the radiator or welch plugs, etc during the Bash you can use a radiator stop leak, pepper can be used as a last resort.
  • Warning gauges and lights are both good to have for oil pressure and water temperature.

UHF Radios

Your vehicle must have a 40 channel UHF radio installed with an aerial that is not going to be broken by low branches. This should be set to Channel 20, which is designated as a Road Channel and is used by everyone – truckies, caravan drivers, property owners etc. For most of the Bash you will not interfere with other users but on highways and in towns there will be a lot of people on the channel so please be mindful that others are using Channel 20.

When driving in dust use your radio to advise the Bash vehicle behind about oncoming dips, corners, traffic, sheep, cattle, etc. Call up the vehicle in front when you want to overtake and wait until they call you through. Let the vehicle in front know your car number so they can direct advice to you. Always pass the information down the line.

In general terms the UHF radio will not broadcast further than a couple of kilometres around you although there are times when the signal will “skip” and carry a lot further. When chatting to other Bash cars remember that there are a lot of vehicles on channel so do not monopolise the frequency. If you want to have a long chat with another Bash vehicle (NOT in dusty conditions when driving), change to another channel – but remember to go back to Channel 20 to stay in touch with the rest of the Bash.


Fuel is always available, but it is advised to carry a jerry can as sometimes it is a long way between stops.

The way to avoid fuel problems on the Bash is to follow the below recommendations:

  • Fit fuel filters before and after the fuel pump. Take along spare filters.
  • Fit a new fuel pump and take the old one along as a spare (with a spare gasket).
  • If the car has been standing a long time get the fuel tank and lines cleaned out. A good idea anyway as the bouncing around may shake rust flakes off the inside of the tank.
  • Get the carbie rebuilt.
  • Take some correct size fuel hose (about 1 metre will do) and some hose clips along. This is in case the fuel line is hit by a stone and crushed.

Door Panels, Window Strips and Sponsor Decals

As part of the entry conditions, you will be required to fit door panels, window strips and sponsor identification decals as required. These items will be supplied to you.

The door panels, which carry your car’s identification number, are 50cm x 32 cm wide (portrait style) and are fitted on the front doors of the car. The numbers for the panels can be purchased at ships chandlery type stores and are to be a minimum of 12cm high in black. A window strip goes on top of the windscreen and doubles as a sun screen. A back window strip will also be supplied which will advertise the Bash. Additionally event sponsor identification decals (two per sponsor) are supplied they must go on each side of the car.

Goods in Kind or Contra

The following rules exist for “goods in kind” or “contra” to be included in your fundraising entry fee:

  • No Bash Entrant/Team is to offer a school, individual or organisation their product as a Bash “gift” and expect the Bash Office or Variety to agree to contra that product’s retail cost against their Bash entry.
  • The Bash Office must approve (in advance of the event) the product(s) that the entrant wishes to be considered as contra towards their Bash entry. In addition:
  • The first $8,500.00 of the entry fee must be paid in real cash, i.e. you cannot contra your entry fees.
  • Contra dollars are only worth 50% of real dollars, i.e. if the Bash office accepts your offer of contra (and please don’t work on the presumption we will) you provide us with an invoice to the correct wholesale value and we will, on acceptance, put 50% of that invoice total towards your car number. A receipt can be forwarded to the supplying company for the full, wholesale, value of the goods.
  • Consideration will be given to contra goods only and NOT services.
  • If you are entering as a team, then before contra dollars are added to your total you must have paid in real dollars the $8,500 entry fee multiplied by the cars in your team, i.e. a two car team needs to have banked $17,000 before any contra dollars are added.
  • For the supplier of a final night auction item, 50% of the knockdown price will be added to your following year’s entry fee once the minimum entry fee (for that new year) has been paid for in real cash i.e., the current entry fee of $8,500.
  • If you purchase an item at a Bash function, the purchase price or any percentage, WILL NOT go towards your current or following year(s) entry fee.

Purchasing Auction Items

Before purchasing an item you think you may use as a future auction/fundraising/raffle item yourself, please check there are no restrictions on the item. Some companies do not allow for the on selling of their gift/prize(s).

Logos and Wording on Printed Articles

Variety – the Children’s Charity protects its own logo and does not allow it to be used for promoting your entry into the Bash. It must not be used in any printed material, be it flyers or raffle tickets etc. You can use the Bash logo with your fundraising literature but you CANNOT use Variety’s logo with the Heart and Hat on its own.

The Bash logo will be available from fundraising toolkit page and should be used in all fundraising promotions and on all printing and advertising material (raffle tickets included). It is imperative that your car number is the main feature of the title with mention that Variety is the beneficiary of your particular fundraising activity. Here are some examples you can use;

CAR NO. 999

Raising funds for the Variety B to B Bash 2016

CAR NO. 999

Raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity through the NSW Variety B to B Bash 2016

CAR NO. 999

… an entrant in the 2016 Variety B to B Bash

If in any doubt about this please do not hesitate to contact the Bash office as it’s extremely important we play to the rules of the land regarding charities. And please don’t change its shape either!

All artwork should be forwarded to the Bash Office for approval before printing!

Route Instructions

The Bash organising team do several surveys of the event prior to the official start to set the route and make all the arrangements. Part of the planning process, is to provide you with daily route instructions. You’ll receive this every morning at the start line and mostly at the luncheon venue as well. Some days you will receive (but not always) a lunch pack in the morning and you can choose your own lunch location. On those particular days the route instructions are from start to finish on that day. They are simple, easy to read distant measurements with an instruction such as SO (straight on) or TR (turn right) to get you through the set run for the day.

Never leave the Bash route without telling someone, preferably an official. The Bash is well serviced with officials who check you out at the start and in at the completion of a section. If you don’t come through the finishing ChequePoint  and our “Sweep” (last official in) has not seen you, then we put in a search and rescue plan. You will be liable for any charges if it proves to be a false alarm!

Road Rules

The Bash is allowed to run across Australia because we adhere to the road rules of the given states we travel though. We have no dispensation to break any existing road rule set by the police or the state’s ruling body, i.e., Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in NSW.

Support Vehicles

For those would-be Bashers who can’t tell an upper control arm from an interior light switch – fear not! Travelling with the Bash are Mobile Workshops (MW) crewed by qualified and experienced mechanics, engineers and technicians whose job it is to look after all Bash vehicles.

If you were to break down on a Bash route one of our MWs will carry out a minor repair to keep you going. In previous years, cars that looked as though they are beyond repair have been transformed by the mobile workshops into miracles of motion and have been shepherded into the next town. It is then your responsibility to have the car fully repaired and made roadworthy again.

We guarantee, if we can’t get you going, we’ll get you to the closest town where you can make your own arrangements to get the car repaired or transported to another location. Individual support vehicles are not allowed on the Bash, however, space can be hired to carry spare parts on the official baggage truck which travels the entire Bash route.

Working with Children Forms

As we visit lots of wonderful schools along the way we require our first time Bashers to complete a Working with Children Check. This is a statutory self declaration issued as per the Office of the Children’s Guardian. You are required to complete this as part of your entry form to the Bash.

Please click on the links to download the forms.

Statutory Declaration

Consent and Undertaking

Entrants must book their own accommodation for the Bash. There are a range of accommodation styles to suit everyone’s needs from hotels to camping under the stars. In some towns accommodation is limited and availability is not guaranteed. If you have difficulty booking in any towns, please contact the Bash office and we’ll start a home hosting list.