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PACKED UP: Sergeant Nathan Pearse (left) and Leading Aircraftsman Nathan Ward load up the trucks for the Variety Bash.
PACKED UP: Sergeant Nathan Pearse (left) and Leading Aircraftsman Nathan Ward load up the trucks for the Variety Bash. Photo Patricia Reed

HURLING a big 18-speed Mack truck across the outback is a big ask, especially when you are picking up the tail of a field of adventure-seeking fundraisers.

It's a job that members of the Amberley RAAF base have been happily taking on for 20 of the past 25 years of the Variety Bash - an outback rally that raises money for sick and disadvantaged children.

Sergeant Nathan Pearse and Leading Aircraftsman Nathan Ward will this morning set out on a 10-day adventure from Brisbane to Sydney, via some of this nation's most iconic little outback posts.

The Cane Toads to Cockroaches 25th Anniversary Bash will wind through the dirt tracks linking Millmerran, St George, before dipping into NSW and passing through Burke, Dubbo and Bathurst.

Supporting the field of 130 cars will be the two Nathans from the RAAF, each driving a Mack fleetliner full of swags, bags, merchandise and equipment.

"This is my first year and it was one of those things where I knew straight away I wanted to give it a go," Sgt Pearse said.

"The RAAF has been doing this for 20 years so I knew it would be a good thing to be involved in."

The support trucks will leave at the back of the field, but arrive ahead of the field at each destination as the procession winds its way across the country, taking the quicker, bitumen roads while the rally drivers take the outback route.

The Variety Bash will visit more than 500 children across 11 schools along the way, assisting local children and community groups as they go.

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