Variety Bash 2017 – Longreach to Airlie Beach

More than 100 old cars from all over Queensland continue their mission to conquer some of the roughest roads in the state on the 2017 Surf & Turf Variety Bash.
A couple of nights in Longreach (the unofficial capital of the west) is spent either making repairs to battered vehicles or enjoying tourist attractions, including the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Longreach School of Distance Education.

Day Seven of the 10-day journey is a long, dusty but interesting drive through cattle country via Muttaburra, Aramac and Jericho, to an overnight camp in Alpha.
One of the points of interest as the Bashers head further north is the Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail.

Scrap metal has been transformed into some amazing artworks on this deserted byway.
The Variety Bash is on the home straight, and Clermont, Moranbah and Collinsville are ticked off the list before the crews get their first glimpse of the ocean in nine days, at Bowen. From there it’s a leisurely drive to the finish line at Airlie Beach where there’s plenty to celebrate, including $1.1 million raised for Variety’s grants to children with special needs.

You can be part of the 2018 Variety Bash on an adventure that treks from Gladstone to Townsville from August 22-31.


Variety, the children’s charity
Unit 1, 5 Ashtan Place Banyo
3907 9300

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