History of the Bash


The Variety Bash started in 1985, when entrepreneur and adventurer Dick Smith took a group of intrepid motorists from Bourke NSW to Bourketown Queensland in old cars, raising $250,000 for charity along the way.

Dick had friends from all walks of life – from multi-millionaires to battlers – and the event was his idea of a great equalizer. Touted as “a drive in the outback with a few mates”, Dick made sure everyone was on a level playing field – all cars had to be over 30 years old and non-performance modified.

The Variety Federal Group TasBash started in 1990. It is not a race, rally or speed trial. The single most significant rule of the TasBash is to relax and enjoy Tasmania and help raise funds for kids in need!


Since that first event, over $200 million has been raised, changing the lives of thousands of children across Australia.

It means a lot to us to be able to give back to the communities that welcome and accommodate us so generously. The TasBash injects money into towns along the route, and these funds enable local community groups to do great work in improving their infrastructure or initiating projects in schools.

The Variety TasBash Team

So what are you waiting for?

Sign up and raise much needed funds for Tassie kids at risk of falling through the gaps.