without any problems. Mackay the first night and
stuffed already. Hit the wall on the second day.
and counting.....Houston we don’t have a problem
Starters at the gate!
It was an
start at the Strand in Townsville for our first day
locals must of loved us. We had breaky on the water
the M&Ms) and a number of jet skies went pass to
bash. The Bash Truck got a visitor the first day. It
and it was her Birthday. So her Birthday wish was to
go for a
ride in a Fire Truck. So we didn’t want to let her
she came with us on the first day.
through Townsville and we had a number of Schools to
this day. The Schools we did visit were Bambaroo State
Victoria Plantation State School and Trebonne State
The kids had a great time seeing all the bash cars and
of course with a bit of Fire Ed by Iain.
Steve long to get comfortable in the truck.
Trebonne must of thought what was going on when about
and around 500 people turned up in their main street.
had a real huge climb up a mountain range where the
so well. It didn’t overheat or break down like a lot
cars did. Must of been because of the mechanic that
truck from last year (me). Once at the top we had
lunch and a
water tank was donated from Bushman Tanks to a little
called Mt Fox State School with I think has 5 or so
was off to
our overnight stay at Undara and came across a few
so we got in at about 10 that night.
We had no
with the truck and went so good.
Undara to Hughenden
with a wash of your windscreen for a donation as all the
so dusty from the drive yesterday. Once we left Undara it
take long for another break down to happen. This time the
its wheel but was all repaired and back on the road in a
amount of time. The roads today are real dusty and rough. A
more cars had trouble during the day.
We visited a
Mt Surprise and tried to get fuel. Again about 150 cars
petrol pump later we were on our way again.
This year we
World Champion female surfer travelling with us, Lane
time to do
a bit of fishing beside a creek. Didn’t catch anything.
After a few
break downs, the Variety clowns kidnapped me and took me
rest of the morning. At the lunch stop one of our crew
going with another vehicle to do a fun stop but by the
got in at lunch, the vehicle had already left. In the mean
the guys picked up the New Zealand Variety Bash Director
him for a ride in the truck. This meant I had to find
lift to the days finish line. I got a lift with some
AW999. This had comfortable seats and air conditioning.
complain. We stopped at a place with what must be one of
smallest pubs I have ever seen. Check out the closing
long and dusty again. To break the trip up we stopped and
cricket. Once we started a lot more cars stopped and
This made us late into our night stop at Hughenden and we
most the night function.
Once I caught
the crew off the bash truck they were a bit sheepish. I
that they had broken the truck. Some one engaged the pump
driving which is a NO NO. Now this means we don’t have a
pump. I will have to fix it when we get back to Brissy.
Hughenden to Winton
for day 3 we had a visit from John Dodd and his wife
Brisbane. Most of the Firies will know John as he is a
Officer which works in Brisbane in the B.A room.
the navigator day. Your navigator was taken away and
stranger was put into your car to navigate for you. It
great way of meeting other teams. We had Nick from the
bus. Thommo left us and went with another team. He had
once we met up again.
long day and on the way we had a stop at the point of
geographical Centre of Queensland. Also a bore which
106 years ago and has not stopped. The water temp is a
65Degrees C. At one stage we thought we had arrived at
Rock in the middle of Australia. But we were wrong.
it was at the Muttaburra horse races. A small town
with a lot
of nice people that couldn’t do enough for us. Just to
know my horse didn’t win. We were buzzed by an ultra
plane which dropped heaps of lollies for the kids onto
paddock. It was called a lolly drop. Go figure. The
crazy and searched for the lollies.
duties after lunch. We had to do the afternoon check
all the cars, which made us late and we went the
direct way to
Winton which was over 200 km away over dirt. I think
a pattern forming that as soon as the crew members get
back of the truck they fall asleep. So we had to keep
awake with some games.
did get on
the main road we had heaps of road trains which are
going past and you just get out of their way.
Winton to Mt Isa
Today is a
early start for us. We have to do the first check
get to the place before the other bashers get there to
them off on the run sheet. More road trains and that’s
bull. Look at the eyes who is scared of who????
is there. The whole team this time.
set everything up and Blazer made an appearance. (Just
it was about 35 Deg C ). We had a visit from Gladdie
the Variety Clowns. Nice Lady as well.
If you are
wondering why the cab is up on the truck....It was not
just checking everything, as it has had some big days
On the way
Mt Isa we came across a man riding his bike in the
nowhere. He is riding the Birdsville track and he is
into a small township called Dujarra we were met by
kids. We chatted about the truck and Fire Ed and gave
some presents which we had on board. They all had
manners. Good on you kids.
last time I get to this web site until Alice Springs
phone coverage is not real good where we are about to
will try but if not I will complete it when I return
Mount Isa to Adels Grove
updating but I had no phone reception until Alice Springs
way too busy there to catch up. So much to see and do.
Day five was a reasonable easy day. Most of it was on
It was also a straight drive to lunch. No visiting any
OV12 had two visitors today. One was Kimberley and the
Geoff who drove OV12 for the day. Geoff was a crew member a
years ago. I drove his car OV9. Every now and then we
the side of the road for a comfort stop and to break the
of the drive.
The bash stopped at a place called Gregory Downs Hotel for
where there was an Italian theme lunch. It was great food.
place was visited on the first ever bash in 1985 with Dick
Bourke to Burketown. It was a hot day and just behind the
was a great waterhole. Most people had to go swimming as
passed through to the night stop.
After lunch it was back onto dirt and very rough to our
at Adels Grove. When we arrived it looked like a dry old
of a joint. But once I had a chance to go for a walk there
river flowing through the property. (See photos day 6).
a place be so dry and dusty and a deep flowing river be
Adels Grove Rest Day
Today was a
earned rest day for everyone. Some people worked on their
get them ready for the next halve of the bash but since
was not giving us any problems, we could do what we
A friend, Chrissie and I went for a joy flight with the
the property. It was amazing to see what was around the
was so informative about the region he has lived in for
15 years. He flew us over his property, then up the gorge
such a beautiful area with the flowing river around such a
area. It was amazing to see how the landscape changed in
small area. Not far away was a large mine which is the
mine. What a pity to destroy such a area.
When we got back to the camping area we went for a swim
3 hours. Just didn’t want to get out. There was of coarse
water crocodiles in the area but if was safe to swim. So
That nights entertainment was Leo Sayer and James Blundell
performing singularly and then together. It was a really
night before we hit the rough and dusty roads tomorrow.
There was an appearance from two lovely ladies in pink.
figure out who they are. It was not me this time. They
girls tricked them into getting done up but they did seem
comfortable in what they were wearing. (Note - it was not a
Day 7 -
Grove to Urandangie
Today there is
of dust as we head towards the border of Queensland and
Territory. Today’s visitors are Trish a Variety
Karen a Pussycat Doll.
It didn’t take
long before we hit the dirt and dust but out of
nowhere this great creek crossing where the Variety Clowns
help anyone and no he didn’t drop her but everyone was
do it!!! Just around the corner the dirt and dust again
Getting a bit sick of the dust but “it’s a bash”.
Ok we have come to the conclusion that Steve the Ambo can
anywhere. The pattern is, get in the truck and in 10
asleep. We must be boring. He even fell asleep when he was
We stopped a few times to help other bashers that had
so we got to our lunch stop a bit late to see the kids at
Camooweal State School. They just started to head back to
when we pulled up. A quick sound of the siren and a lot of
later we kept on travelling to Urandangie along, yes
again, a dirt
and dusty road with a lot of road trains. Just have to
and wait for them to pass. The back trailer can whip so
you are travelling towards them.
As we arrived in Urandangie we
were met by some of the local
residents and Blazer went to say hello. I think the kids
overwhelmed by all the bashers and the big koala walking
Did a quick Fire Ed with them and they all knew the right
Good on you kids, great to see. We where made very welcome
We had a street party that night and a donation from
Variety of a
chain wire fence around a great new kids play park. Before
a barb wire fence and the slippery slid faced straight
Day 8 - Urandangie to Jervois Station
long after we left Urandangie in the morning we left
and entered Northern Territory. Just before we went over
the Variety Police stopped everyone for a passport check. I
the roof of the truck and was smuggled into NT.
We all got exited as we thought we
the Rock, which would of been hundreds of kilometres away,
joked about it. It passed the time away as we drove to our
stop. I would not like to be travelling behind the truck
this road. The road was called the Plenty Highway. It was
and bull dust. A lot of cars destroyed tyres and
this stretch. OV12 had no problems thanks to the
and of course the guy that services and maintains the
As we finally got into our lunch stop we had a fun stop with
Hippees doing a medical check and immunising us against
moth ????? As you can see the lunch stop was in a dusty
we all had to wait as the truck with the lunch broke down.
a half hours later we had lunch and off to our night stop.
we got in late as we helped more bashers with break downs.
The stop had no showers but we rigged up a shower from our
supply and portable pump which was just what was needed
day. Some other bashers found out we had showers and so
asked if they could have one. Which of course we agreed
the shower there was a concert but we camped a little way
we made a fire and sat around it and talked for quite a
bit of the
night with the music from the concert in the back ground.
night went on, we had visitors to our camp fire and it was
Jervois Station to Alice Springs
last day of dirt today – yippee. Only 180 Kms of very
dusty dirt and then bitumen all the way to Alice Springs.
dust settled in the truck, all of us had a nice shade of
all over our faces and arms. The bash all stopped before
the main highway into Alice Springs so we all could travel
town together so Alice Springs know we have arrived. On
the speed limit is a bit more than what we are used to in
Queensland. I wound the old girl up and nearly got there, I
back off for the car in front and that’s my story.
We all got some looks from the locals and plenty of waves and
cheers when they realised who we were. The finish line was
the finish for the Queensland Bash as we still had another
the National Bash.
We arrived in Alice Springs just after lunch so we could
around and as we were tourist the other states bashers
arrive and we were continually waving at every car that
That night it was our last dinner and awards night which
good. It was announced that the Queenslanders raised $1.3
for the Disabled and Disadvantaged kids of Queensland.
That was a
great effort considering the economic climate. It was hard
fundraise this year. I didn’t have the figure of what OV12
this year but it should be around the $8000.00 to $9000.00
want to raise a lot more next year. Here’s hoping!!!!
Alice Springs – The National Bash drive through.
In the morning
to line up for the drive through town with all the other
We saw NSW, Vic, NT, SA and WA bashes all ready to do the
There was about 2000 bashers in Alice Springs for this
couple of states finished here in Alice Springs but some
the middle of their bash.
Once we arrived in town we had to drive through the mall
reception was so awesome and so many people that you
which way to look. Everyone was yelling and cheering,
photo’s and movies of us.
The drive finished at the Henley on Todd Regatta where
made a boat and entered it in the Regatta. It was made
Gold cartons, plastic tubes and cable ties. The atmosphere
party mode as we finished another bash.
That night it was the National Bash Dinner and we had
guests which one of them was Dick Smith who was the one
originally started the bash tradition in 1985. It was
that all the Variety states raised a massive $8 million
The nights entertainment was a great line up of acts which
included, Leo Sayer, James Blundall, Dave Gleeson, John
Young, Frankie J Holden, Wilbur Wilde and The Screaming
night and I didn’t take my camera :-(
It was also the night to say goodbye to all the bash
next year, or the next social night which may be in
But still had to say goodbye.
Thank you to all the sponsors and the people that made
bash possible. Also Thank you to this year’s team members,
Steve, Deb (mum) and the Honouree team member Anna.
and the trip home.
was over, a group of us went for a small trip to the Ayers
which was over 400 Km away and in the wrong direction to
roads were flat and straight. We got there in time to see
set and stayed there until sun rise. It was so awesome and
did it. Walked up and around the Rock and then drove back
We also stopped and stayed with one of our sponsors, Mr
Rogers from Toobrack Sheep Station at Longreach and they
so welcome. Then the drive back to reality.
10 185 Km total and 3 234 Km home. What a trip. If
you read the back of the shirt of all the bashes done in
20 years, I believe we are doing them all over again as
Bye everyone till next year or some new news......
be full of surprises , some we can do with out though,
some 'issues' with the PTO the 'issues' where located
now be repaired.