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Gympie Region – the Home of the Iconic Gympie Music Muster and So Much More!

March 22, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The Gympie Region in Queensland has been the home of the iconic Gympie Music Muster for 33 years.

574653While the “Muster” (as it’s affectionately known) provides an excuse for thousands of music lovers to descend on the region in August each year, the Gympie region is also a perfect getaway for the day tripper or the serious holiday maker offering a wonderful diverse array of experiences.

The Gympie Region is conveniently located only 90 minutes from Brisbane and just 30 minutes from Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, which means you can minimize your driving time and maximize your experience. The region includes the rolling hills and market villages of the Mary Valley in the south, the quaint, country towns of Kilkivan and Goomeri in the west and to the east, the beautiful coastal towns of Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay which offer untouched coastal stretches and an abundance of water activities. Not to forget the centrally located heritage town of Gympie with its wonderful museums and galleries.

574656The picturesque Mary Valley with its rolling hills and national parks offers in itself a diverse range of activities such as camping, canoeing, four wheel driving, horse riding, with quaint B & B’s, homesteads and farm stays to choose from.

A short drive away towards the coast is Rainbow Beach. Named after the coloured sands in the nearby towering sand dunes, Rainbow Beach is a true beach side getaway with pristine sandy white beaches, kilometres of coast, sand dunes and a range of accommodation from five star to sheltered beach side camping.

5746594WD enthusiasts can drive along the beach past the stunning Carlo Sand Blow and coloured sands to Double Island Point lighthouse, stop and swim, surf or kayak with whales, dolphins and turtles. The nearby Inskip Point is the easiest and most southern access to the world renowned Fraser Island.

Fraser Island is a world heritage listed icon where travellers come from all over to see the clear water lakes perched on the largest sand island in the world.

Either before or after your “Muster” experience, why not consider the Gympie Region, with plenty of scenic drives plus opportunities for fun adventure experiences like camping, fishing (salt water and fresh), kayaking, hiking, biking, or surfing.

574780Line-up Announcement

…which boasts every single Australian Golden Guitar winner from this year’s Country Music Awards!

28- 31 AUGUST 2014 

* Lee Kernaghan * Kasey Chambers *John Williamson *

* The McClymonts * Sara Storer * Adam Harvey * Beccy Cole * Josh Pyke * McAlister Kemp * Russell Morris * Gord Bamford (CAN) * O’Shea * The Sunny Cowgirls * The Wolfe Brothers * Bob Evans * John Stone (US) * Jon English * Luke O’Shea * Jayne Denham * Peter Denahy * Harmony James * Buddy Goode * Sheppard * Aleyce Simmonds * Ashleigh Dallas * Adam Eckersley Band * The Pigs * Harry Hookey * The Viper Creek Band * Hat Fitz & Cara * Kaylee Bell * Doug Bruce * Lachlan Bryan  * The Sou’westers (NZ) * Thelma Plum * Uncle Jed (Winners 2013 Australia’s Got Talent) * Mike Carr * Pixie Jenkins * The Muster Poets * The Soorleys * Lloyd Spiegel * Lyn Bowtell * Mason Rack Band *  Hamilton Bros. * Luella & The Heelers * “I Hear That Train a-Comin'” – The Johnny Cash Story * Megan Cooper * Mike McClellan * Catfish Voodoo * Chad Morgan * Christie Lamb * Dan Hannaford * The Faceless Men * Grant Luhrs * Jarod Porter (Starmaker winner 2014) * * Adi Burgess * Jeff Brown * Jenny Talia * Ben Ransom * Bree De Rome * Brittany Pavlo * Paddy McHugh * Keith Jamieson * Kellys Heroes * Shandell * Steve Smyth * The Muirs *

574786PLUS

* ‘New Kid in Town’ – Emerging Talent Showcase * The Songwriter’s Sessions * Musical Instrument Workshops * Muster Talent Search…

…and much more to be announced.

Tickets on sale today at www.muster.com.au

Australia’s favourite camping and music festival is gearing up for another exciting event. Now in its 33rd year, the Gympie Music Muster will be held from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st August 2014 in the stunning Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, just south-west of Gympie and a little more than 90 minute drive north of Brisbane.

This family friendly event is the quintessential Australian country music experience. Every year, thousands of festival goers are attracted to the Gympie Music Muster by the smorgasbord of diverse programs rich with our country’s finest musicians, the bush setting and the inviting whiffs of campfire cooking and fresh bush eucalypt.

574780The Muster is more than just a spectacular celebration of music, its Australia’s biggest charity music festival. Over 50 community groups and more than 2000 volunteers’ help the Gympie Music Muster team stage this non-profit community-based event to raise funds for charities Australia-wide.

In 2014, The Muster is aiming to surpass $15m of giving to rural and regional communities.

Led by multi award winners Lee KernaghanJohn Williamson and Kasey Chambers this year’s artist release reads like a who’s who in Australian Country Music as well as some of the best in folk, bluegrass, alt country and blues.

574786Every Australian Golden Guitar winner from this year’s Country Music Awards will be performing at the Muster including Album of the Year and Female Artist of the year winner Sara Storer and Group or Duo of the Year winner O’Shea.  Overall the line-up will feature all 10 of the Australian Golden Guitar recipients who between them won an impressive 14 awards.

Blues music had a new home in 2013 with the ultra-cool and hugely popular ‘Blues & Roots Bar’ and fans of the genre won’t be disappointed with the line-up for 2014. Making a welcome return and headlining two big nights is Australia’s most celebrated blues artist, Russell Morris. Following on from his ARIA award win in the Blues and Roots category for the platinum certified Sharkmouth, Russell will release his highly anticipated new offering, Van Diemen’s Land, on 11th April. Other blues acts to grace the stage will be the Mason Rack Band who it’s said, “drag the blues kicking and screaming into the 21st century” along with blues guitar virtuoso, Lloyd Spiegel and crowd favourites from last years’ Muster, Catfish Voodoo.

574836The country side of the program is rounded off by some of the genres biggest stars including Adam HarveyBeccy Cole, McAllister Kemp and the official Muster Ambassadors for 2014, The McClymonts. To see what The McClymonts had to say about the festival click here

The list of contemporary pop and folk artists is also impressive.

Apart from 2-time ARIA Award winner and Triple j favourite Josh Pyke there is highly talented, break-out, singer-songwriter Thelma Plum, 2013 Australia’s Got Talent Winners Uncle Jed, Jebediah front-man  and ARIA award winner, Kevin Mitchell aka Bob Evans and hot family alt-folk groupsSheppard and The Soorelys.

574839The Muster not only celebrates the best of the best, but also identifies and supports emerging talent in the Country Music world. Acts to keep an eye out for at this year’s festival are Ashleigh Dallas (winner of the 2014 New Talent of the Year Golden Guitar),  the retro blues-edged, Adam Eckersley Band, ex-pat Kiwi songstress, Kaylee Bell and the hot discovery from last year’s Muster, The Viper Creek Band.

When asked to comment on what he considers to be one of the more exciting features of the line-up, Muster Program Manager, Jeff Chandler said “It’s an amazing time for music in Australia right now with so many fresh and original artists coming through. While the Muster prides itself on presenting the cream of the established stars, it’s the strong showing by new artists that tells us that the future of music is in great hands.” 

As well as the stunning array of artist musical performances, the entertainment within 6 venues and 8 bars includes the hilarious Muster Bush Poetshosted by the inimitable, Marco Gliori , the informative and highly entertaining  Songwriter’s Sessions, the return of Musical Instrument Workshops and the ever popular Muster Talent Search.

While the Gympie Music Muster is a true celebration of the spirit of Australia it’s the camaraderie of the more than 50, 000 patrons each year that is always evident.

Festival organisers and many of the thousands of festival-goers who return each year have a saying which sums up the atmosphere of the event perfectly, “There are no strangers at the Muster, only friends you haven’t met yet”.

For more information on ticket pricing and camping options please visit www.muster.com.au

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