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2024 Melbourne Winter Drive Day – UPDATED

July 28 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Registration closes Thursday 25th July, 3:00pm


Why We Drive

DAD drive days are always about connection and community. They hold the intention to normalise mental health problems and mental illness, promote conversations around these and offer pathways for seeking further support.

We use driving and the shared enthusiasm for cars and great roads as our way of connecting and escaping downward emotional spirals. We know that connection is vital for mental wellbeing, and DAD events deliver this in spades. 

DAD isn’t a club, it’s a community. Please don’t feel you need to have a particular model or age of car to attend – if you love it, bring it. 

Our drive days are strictly social and non-competitive. We use open roads and carefully plan our drive routes to make them as safe and logical as possible, while using engaging roads with new scenery for a great day out. 

We advocate for using DAD drive days as an inclusive environment to start your mental health conversation where you feel comfortable to do so, however DAD drive days are not a crisis service and keeping everyone safe on the road is of utmost importance. 


What’s Happening for the updated Melbourne Winter Drive Day in July 2024? 

We’ve had a change of plans for the Melbourne Winter Drive Day. With Molly Taylor now overseas doing what she does best – smashing rally stages – we’ve created a revised event for the Melbourne Winter Drive Day. 

For this updated event, we are meeting in Croydon and taking a cruise through the Yarra Valley and surrounds, then finishing at YTG Bespoke. We’re excited to be back with the YTG crew where we can end our drive inside from the Melbourne winter weather, peruse their dream-worthy collection of cars and share some light refreshments with likeminded company. 

We know how important it is to have a drive to look forward to and time to catch up with mates, so we’re excited for this chilled-out day together.

There are no minimum car requirements to attend this event. If your car is registered and you love it, bring it. 


Register below to book your attendance – we’re excited to share this event with you!

When: Sunday 28th July 2024
Start location: The Croydon Hotel – 47 Maroondah Highway, Croydon
Arrival from: 8:30am
Briefing at: 9:30am 
End location: YTG Bespoke – Unit 14-16 Adriatic Way, 86 Indian Drive, Keysborough 

The full event details and drive route pack will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the event. 

If you have already registered for the Melbourne Winter Drive Day, your details will be transferred over to this event.

If you would like to join us with Molly Taylor and Dan Gardner at MaD Garage on the Mornington Peninsula for the Melbourne Spring Drive Day, please register here.


Event Partner

For each event, we invite partnerships to create shared impact and help make sure our drives hit the road. As a volunteer-run registered charity, we operate based on the commitment of our wonderful team, and we are seeking financial resourcing to support that. 

We have witnessed the capacity of DAD events to change lives. We know what it means to our community to have these safe spaces and opportunities for connection in a way that isn’t offered elsewhere. We have big plans for supporting our community and creating lasting impact, and partnerships help significantly with our capacity to achieve that vision. 

If you or your business are interested in discussing partnership opportunities or understanding more about the options (of which there are several), please contact Sarah via sarah@driveagainstdepression.com.au


How to Participate

Pop the date in your diary and gather your mates!

Registrations are now open, please complete the details below.

The donation and registration fields are below for your use, and event terms and conditions are at the bottom of this page.

As a registered charity we are proud to offer tax deductibility for your donations, and thank you for your generosity which allows us to provide these important events.

*If you’re interested in supporting as a DAD Local Legend or sponsor,  please let us know in the “Additional Comments” section on the below form. 


*Event Terms & Conditions


July 28
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