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This event will be re-scheduled in the future. 

Beginning in the early 1990s, the Gympie community crowded the banks of Gympie streets to watch billy carts of all shapes and sizes.

This old tradition will be re-born during Rush Festival 2018, with Nashy’s 500 Billy Cart Challenge!

All billy carts entries are encouraged to be weird, wacky, or themed, with prizes given to the best and or most creative entries. Be wild. Be crazy. Be anything you want. Just don’t be ordinary.

This is a perfect chance for community groups, schools, clubs, organisations, individuals, friends, families, and businesses to get involved with this wacky and fun community event.

Check out Nashy’s 500 Billy Cart Challenge and the Gold Rush Street Parade as it meanders from the top end of Mellor Street past the Civic Centre grounds and The Civ Main Stage for the Rush Carnivale.

Looking to get involved? There is no cost for participating in this years Nashy’s 500 and is FREE to all entry types.

All ages welcome to enter as part of a team of four with restrictions only on drivers age.

Please note: 

Council public liability insurance will cover all aspects of the track and public space, however any injury obtained due to the building or fault of the individuals cart will not be covered by Council. Entrants can obtain their own public liability insurance to cover this if they wish.


Total Prize Pool $2,000

All Entries are eligible to win:

  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Third Prize: $250
  • Encouragement Prize: $250

Judging Criteria

The Judges will assess all Entrants on the following three criteria:

  1. The fastest time
  2. Creativity and overall quality of the presentation
  3. Enthusiasm and spirit of participants

It’s not enough that it actually moves and is fastest over the line. What we’re looking for is the creative, outrageous, funny, weird, or wacky!

Download a Registration Info pack now.

So what are you waiting for? Registrations are now open! Register Here