Please note: Registration for the Sunday night dinner is now closed, however if you would still like to register for the rest of the weekend please use the form below:
Final event details (itinerary) can be found under the relevant sections below or by following the link:
Please also note that there are two payment options available. If you choose the direct bank credit option please email a copy of the form to 2018vwBugin@vwclub.com.au.
This will be a great event and we really hope to see you in Ballarat at Easter 2018. If you have any questions please email 2018vwBugin@vwclub.com.au.
VWCV Inc & Ballarat VW Club Inc.
The 2018 National Bug-In is traditionally held over the Easter weekend, with each state staking it in turn. This year it is Victoria's turn and the weekend is being co-hosted by the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc and the Ballarat Volkswagens Club Inc.
The Bug-in is being held in and around the historic and picturesque Victorian regional City of Ballarat. The event commences on the afternoon of Good Friday 30 March 2018 and concludes on Monday 2 April 2018 at around lunchtime.
During those four days there will be a range of activities that will provide all participants an opportunity to mix with members from local and interstate VW clubs, participate in a welcome event, a choice of a cruise to Bendigo to be involved in the Bendigo VW Club’s Easter Car Show, a local Goldfields Cruise or a tour of local wineries, car show and sausage sizzle around Lake Wendouree. There will be a dinner with professional floor show entertainment and finally a pancake breakfast held at the home of two local VW identities (An itinerary is included below).
If you intend to participate in what will be a great VW Bug-In event it is very important that you make accommodation bookings as soon as possible and submit your registration form. The registration fee for the event, or any part is $20 per head. Registration forms and updates are available via the links in the 'Event Update' section above..
Participants will each receive a bug-in pin, sticker and lanyard as part of the registration pack available at the registration function.
An outline of the proposed events is also listed below with more details to be made available as soon as possible.
As this event is held over Easter any accommodation vacancies in and around Ballarat will be filling fast.
Suggested accommodation venues are listed below. The Mercure Hotel is where the dinner and floor show will be held and is offering reduced accommodation prices to event participants (Just mention the BUG-In VW event).
The Big 4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park and the Ballarat Suites are within walking distance to the Mercure Hotel.
Suggested Bug-In accommodation in Ballarat
If you intend to participate in what will be a great VW Bug In event it is very important that you make accommodation bookings as soon as possible as well as complete and submit the registration form for the event.
After the Bug In concludes a five day VW tour around Victoria is planned and details for this tour can be found under the '2018 Bug In Tour' section below. Please note: The 5 day tour is now closed for registrations. If you have already registered and have any questions, please contact the organiser, John Stevens, on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Daily event plan
Friday 30 March 2018
Registration and welcome social function - meals and drinks available at normal hotel bar prices.
Food and drinks at own cost.
Seymour’s cnr Lydiard St Nth and Seymour Streets, Ballarat
Anytime between 2 and 9pm
Saturday 31 March 2018
Chose from either:
Depending on option chosen. To be advised
To be advised
Sunday 1 April 2018, Morning
Car show and sausage sizzle on the shores of Lake Wendouree, or, if you wish, bring a picnic lunch. Show will start with a cruise around the lake. People’s choice trophies will be awarded.
Car show entry will be available only to Bug In participants (entry included in Bug In registration cost). Spectators are encouraged to join in on the fun and the fee for entry will be a gold coin donation.
Lake Wendouree in central Ballarat
9:30am to 2pm
Sunday 1 April 2018, Evening
The evening consists of a buffet dinner, music and live floor show,
The Floor show will be provided by Mark Andrew Tabone, Australia's ultimate tribute entertainer, see http://www.markandrew.com.au/
Mark is also a very keen VW man who owns a great split window Kombi.
Cost for Adults is $55 and children $20 per head for the meal and entertainment. There will be a bar with drinks at own cost. Please note: Registration for the Sunday night dinner is now closed.
7 for 7-30
Monday 2 April 2018
Farewell morning pancake breakfast.
Venue and details to be advised.
To be advised
03 8684 6203 BH
03 9890 2548AH
0458 678 965M
3 April Ballarat to Mansfield via Daylesford, Tooborac, Puckapunyal (Tank Museum) Seymour, Bonnie Doon (ah!…….the serenity) and Mansfield. 277 kms.
Mansfield accommodation options
4 April Mansfield to Bright via Acheron, Whitfield, King Valley, Moyhu, Oxley, Milewa, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Tangambalanga, Kiewa Valley Highway to Monagans Bridge, Tawonga and Bright. 295 kms.
Bright accommodation options
5 April Bright to Lakes Entrance via Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham, Omeo, Ensay, Tambo Crossing, Bruthen and Lakes Entrance. 228 kms.
Lakes Entrance accommodation options
6 April Lakes Entrance to Foster via Bairnsdale, Bengworden, Perry Bridge, East Sale, Traralgon East, Balook, Tarra Bulga National Park, Tarra Valley, Yarram, Port Albert and Foster. 284 kms.
Foster accommodation options
7 April Foster to Melbourne via Fish Creek, Venus Bay, Cape Paterson, Wonthaggi, Newhaven on Phillip Island (Vietnam Veterans Museum), Lang Lang, Tooradin and Melbourne. 223 kms.