Variety Bash set to roll into Port Douglas in August


Victoria Stone-Meadows


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Ken Dollery and Stuart Telfer from Variety in Port Douglas to get the word out about the bash. Image: Victoria Stone-Meadows.

One of the country’s biggest charity fundraising events is coming to Port Douglas this year.

This year is the annual Variety Bash’s 35th anniversary and they will be driving their cars from Bondi to Batt Reef in August.

The Variety Bash is not a race or a rally but is described as an adventure with mates driving 30-year-old plus cars through regional parts of Australia.

The drive raises funds for the children’s charity Variety, which helps children who are ill, disabled, or living in disadvantaged homes.

This will be the first time the Variety Bash has visited Port Douglas since 1996. 

Variety Motoring Events Manager, Stuart Telfer, said he couldn’t wait to bring the fun, colour, and cars of the bash to the Far North.

“We are going to come down Macrossan then onto Rex Smeal Park where we will have our inflatable finish line arch set up,” he said.

“It would be great for people to come down to the park and see the cars and get involved in our giveaways.”

Mr Telfer said the decision to come to Port Douglas was an easy one.

“We wanted to come here for the warm weather and the warm friendly people,” he said. 

Once the cars arrive in Port Douglas, there will be a barbecue for the hungry drivers provided by the Mossman Port Douglas Blue Light Association.

Mr Telfer was thankful for the support of the police and the Douglas Shire Council for welcoming the bash to town.

“Council has been really supportive giving us Rex Smeal for the day and police have helped us coordinate it and that’s what we love,” he said.

“We love people embracing us and any kind of support we appreciate.”

The 2019 Variety Bash will be rolling through Port Douglas on Monday, 5 August.

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