The Variety NSW Mini Bash is back in 2022!

Newcastle – Gundy – Scone – Newcastle

Thinking about joining a Variety Bash but not sure what’s involved? Want to get your Bash car out of the shed for a run into the country?

The Variety Mini Bash is a family friendly weekend event based out of Newcastle. Kids are welcome (and encouraged!) to come along for a fun weekend away. You don’t need a Bash car … 4WDs, SUVs, family cars and utes are all welcome. Just like the Bash however, we do travel on dirt and gravel roads so your lowered sports car probably isn’t the best choice! Whatever vehicle you choose, it must have a working UHF transceiver tuned to channel 20 (supplied by you, can be handheld) and display our advertising door stickers (supplied by us).


In April 2022, we will be exploring the Upper Hunter area and some beautiful, scenic roads along the way. Following breakfast in Newcastle, we will head north west through state parks to arrive for lunch in the picturesque village of Gundy where Basher Dan and his team at the Linga Longa Hotel will provide a fabulous pub lunch. Following our rest, our route takes us the “long way” via Scone across the Isis River and through the Burning Mountain Nature Reserve. A group dinner will be held at the Scone RSL, long-time supporters of the Variety NSW Bash, where we will hear stories about our day and award our favourite participants for their spirit. Sunday morning will see us meet up for breakfast at the Thoroughbred Hotel before hitting the back roads again to return to Newcastle for lunch.


We set the route for both days taking you on remote roads and parts of the Hunter you didn’t know existed. We organise venues for all of our main meals and allow you to book your own accommodation in Scone based on your comfort requirements and budget. (See below for our suggested accommodation options.)


This year we welcome the Parkview Kitchen at Hamilton North Bowling Club as our key sponsor, and we look forward to enjoying our start and finish at their central Newcastle venue.

The Variety Mini Bash has raised in excess of $50,000 over the years to help kids and their families in need.

What's the plan?


Fri 1 April:     Meet & Greet Dinner - Hamilton North Bowling Club,
                     from 6:00pm
Sat 2 April:    Breakfast - Hamilton North Bowling Club, from 7:30am
                      Departure by 9:00am
                      Lunch - Linga Longa Hotel, Gundy
                      Dinner - Scone RSL, from 6:30pm
                      Overnight stop in Scone
Sun 3 April:   Breakfast - the Thoroughbred Hotel, from 7:30am
                      Departure by 9:00am
                      Lunch - Hamilton North Bowling Club

Entry Fee

Adults: $100.00 per person
Kids 12yo to 17yo: $20.00 per child
Kids Under 12yo: Free



Breakfast Day 1 (Sat): Off the menu
Lunch Day 1 (Sat): Off the menu
Dinner Day 1 (Sat): $32pp
Breakfast Day 2 (Sun): Off the menu
Lunch Day 2 (Sun): Off the menu

Accommodation suggestions

Check out our accommodation suggestions here.

The fine print

All vehicles must be roadworthy and carry current registration and insurance. Drivers must possess a current motor vehicle drivers licence and there must be a minimum of two people over 14 in each car at all times, one being an adult. Please understand that this event is not a race or a contest of speed of any kind, there are no prizes for being the first one in town. On this or any other Variety event we are not exempt from the law, we must comply to the state traffic regulations i.e., wear your seat belt, keep to the speed limit and be under .05. Please be courteous to other road users, we don’t have exclusive rights to the roads chosen for this event, we must share the roads with everyone. All entrants are required to ensure their actions comply with all COVID-safe event requirements as mandated by the State and Federal Government at the time of the event, as exists in the state(s) in which we are travelling.

Got questions?

Victor Sheil

Regional Motoring Events Manager

Call 02 4965 4911 | 0410 692 262
Janet Kilazoglou

Regional Motoring Events Coordinator

Call 02 4965 4911 I 0403 2545 767