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Shitbox Rally 2022 Spring will be held October 15th to October 21st 2022, travelling from Mackay to Darwin via the Savannah Way.

Shitbox Rally 2023 Summer will be held March 18th to March 24th 2023, travelling from Rockhampton to Hobart via the Artesian Basin.

Shitbox Rally 2023 Autumn will be held May 13th to May 19th 2023, travelling from Newcastle to Townsville via Betoota.

Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable… To drive cars worth just $1,500 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, have fun, who crave something different, who want to make new life long friends, take part in 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 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 Cancer Council.

SPRING 2022 Route

Mackay > Darwin

In Spring, teams are driving their Shitboxes 3342 kms from Mackay to Darwin via Savannah Way.



In Summer, teams are driving their Shitboxes from Rockhampton to Hobart via Bass Straight


Newcastle > Townsville



Each two-person team needs to raise a minimum of $5,000 (but hopefully a lot more) to participate in the rally. As there are two of you, it’s only $2,500 each.

Once you’ve raised your minimum amount, you’re given up to $500 back to go towards the cost of your fuel.  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 remarkable efforts into fundraising, which is why we help cover some of the costs for fuel. We work hard to keep any other costs to you as low as possible. The registration fee goes towards the cost of running the rally, your rally merchandise, some support costs and other safety items.

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

  • Registration fee: $885 per team (inc GST)
  • Purchase/preparation of your shitbox car: <$1,500
  • Catering and Camping: Approximately $160 per day per team (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 Shitboxes 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 $5,000 to participate in the rally, or $2,500 each driver. So start hassling your friends, work colleagues, and family, and brainstorm some fun ways to boost your fundraising. We also have great ideas that past teams have used for their own fundraising via the Knowledge Base in the We Give fundraising platform. Cancer Council also have helpful fundraising tips in a Welcome Pack which they provide.

Throughout the the year, we’ll be in contact with you, providing monthly newsletter updates on everything from fundraising to dress up themes and how the other teams are going. Everyone will have a direct line to Rally HQ, 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 are that it’s worth/valued at no more than AUD $1,500 and that it’s not an AWD/4WD vehicle. Registration/roadworthy aren’t included the budget, as well as 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 and for $1,500 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, miles from anywhere and you’re trying to fix a split water pipe with duct tape, cable ties and pliers.

The cars are an asset that we’ll auction off 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 an adventure, 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 the stopovers, 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 all of your meals and camping at the stopovers. Before we start, you’ll receive an itinerary with a list of what we’ll be doing at each place and any costs that you need to factor in.

Box Rallies does not mandate vaccinations for participants.  However, there may be, from time to time, government restrictions in place at some of the various locations to which we travel on the rally.  You should also note that Box Rallies does not control public nor private venues proposed as part of the rally. Owners and operators of them may have their own requirements with which rally participants must comply. This includes public health orders which restrict access to locations, particularly for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people.  If you are unvaccinated and as a result are, by reason of government or public/private venues direction, regulation or requirement, unable to travel through the designated rally route or to the designated rally locations at which the rally stays overnight, you will have no option other than to withdraw from the rally and clause 9 in the T’s & C’s will take effect.   Box Rallies accepts no responsibility or liability for same.

No, it’s not a race, but yes, you can win. Prizes are awarded at the end of the rally at the post rally party. The prizes 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.