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The Event

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Shitbox Rally 2017 will be held May 27th to June 2nd, travelling from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track & Plenty Highway.

Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable… To drive cars worth just $1,000 across Australia via some of its most formidable roads, all in the name of charity.

Trust us – this is going to be great fun.

Sure, it’s not for everyone.

Those who don’t like to get their hands dirty or spend any time away from civilisation need not apply. For the rest of us, it may just be what you’ve been looking for. This rally is for those who want to have an adventure, who crave something different, something memorable, but most importantly, it’s for those who want to raise much needed money for charity.

Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether it be parents, family, close friends, people we know or ourselves that have battled or are battling cancer, this awful disease has touched us all. We not only want to raise awareness and money for the Cancer Council, but also want to offer support and a friendly ear to those that have suffered or are suffering.

This event is officially endorsed and supported by the Cancer Council.



Each two-person team needs to raise a minimum of $4,000 (but hopefully a lot more) to participate in the rally. As there are two of you, it’s only $2,000 each.

Once you’ve raised your minimum amount, you’re given up to $500 back to go towards the cost of your car. Teams are also provided with a $500 fuel budget. Anything above $500 comes out of your pocket.

We want to keep the costs to participants down as much as we can. Our teams put a remarkable effort into fundraising, which is why we help cover some of the costs for the car and fuel. We work hard to keep any other costs to you as low as possible. The registration fee goes towards all your rally merchandise, support and important safety items.

The approximate costs that each team of two will need to pay:

  • Registration fee: $725 (inc GST)
  • Purchase/preparation of your shitbox car: <$1,000 ($500 refund available)
  • Catering and Camping: $130/day (approximately, paid in advance)
  • Flights to and from start/finish line
  • Pre and post rally accommodation
  • Cost of fuel for duration of the rally ($500 refund available)

Each team is made up of two drivers and one car.

This is because we may need all the extra room we can get for passengers of machines that don’t manage the entire journey. We’re only able to take a certain number of people on the journey, so by keeping to only two people per team, we can get more teams into the rally.

All teams need to raise a minimum of $4,000 to participate in the rally, or $2000 each. So start badgering your friends, work colleagues, and family, and brainstorm some fun ways to boost your fundraising. Cancer Council have a helpful booklet of fundraising tips in your Welcome pack. We’ll also let you in on a few fundraising hot tips that we know work well.

Throughout the the year, we’ll be in contact with you, providing monthly newsletter updates on everything from fundraising to route conditions and how the other teams are going. Everyone will have a direct line to the Rally Director, who’ll make sure you have all of the information you need to fundraise and will support you all the way to the start line.

The only stipulations we have for your car is that it’s worth no more than AUS$1,000 and that it’s not an AWD/4WD vehicle. Registration/roadworthy costs can be on top of the budget, as can some safety items. We’ll give you more details about what does and doesn’t count once you’ve signed up. There are plenty of cars on carsguide.com.au and gumtree.com.au for $1,000 or less with some registration remaining.

Get creative and turn up in something that’s truly memorable – it’ll make the adventure that much more rewarding when you are in the middle of Australia, 200kms from anywhere, and you’re trying to fix a split water pipe with duct tape, string and pliers.

The cars are an asset that we’ll auction off or donate at the end of the rally, so getting all of the cars across the line is very important to us. We’ll all work together to get as many shitboxes from start to finish as possible.

This trip is not about creature comforts.

It’s a challenge, and it’ll be dirty, dusty, maybe muddy, and tough. But it’s going to be an amazing experience and something that you’ll remember forever. We will be camping at all but the last location, so you’ll need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and mattress or swag.

The two nights after we complete the rally, we stay in hotels. Participants enjoy discounted rates and we’ll provide you with the booking details soon after you’ve signed up.

During the rally, we organise (where possible) all of your meals and accommodation locations. Before we start, you’ll receive an itinerary with a list of what we’ll be doing at each place and any costs you need to factor in. You’ll get plenty of advanced notice before departure if you need to take care of your own lunches, etc.

No, it’s not a race, but yes, you can win. Prizes are awarded at the end of the rally. The main prize, or first place if you’re competitive, will be judged on a range of factors, including how hopeless your car is, how much you’ve embodied the rally spirit, and how much money your team raised. There’s also likely to be a number of other undisclosed factors that the Rally Director will generally make up as the rally unfolds.

Even though it’s too late to sign up for the 2017 rally, there’s still plenty of time to donate!

Donate to a team