In 1982, Gympie based country music trio, the Webb Brothers, picked up a Golden Guitar for “Who Put The Roo In The Stew?” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival – a celebration was called for! After enlisting the help of the local Apex Club of Gympie (always ready for a party), a celebratory fund-raiser was held on the Webb’s 100-year old property at Thornside. A ball and dinner on the Saturday night was followed by a selection of acts on the Sunday, the Muster’s first Main Stage built out of bush timber and borrowed Queensland Rail tarpaulins. The showers were jam tins with holes punched into them, drophole toilets sufficed, drinking water was trucked to the site and patrons could buy a season pass for just $20. Announcers from 4KQ compered the show and SEQ Television produced a special program commemorating the event. All up $9,600 was spent on entertainment (which is about two-percent of today’s budget), a couple of thousand people attended and the club generated a surplus of around $12,000 for charity. The first Muster was deemed a roaring success.
After three years, the event had grown significantly. The Club decided that another site was essential – permanent facilities could be established to ensure the ongoing growth of the event. The site chosen was an area of land owned by the Queensland Forestry Department. It was agreed that the site have a multiple use as a State Forest Park which would utilise the Muster’s facilities The 1985 Muster was held at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park. From there, the event has continued each year to grow in attendance and in profile. As more and more patrons attended, Muster organisers developed venues, among the first were the infamous Crow Bar, Muster Club and the Talent Search.
In 1993, Australia was suffering the worst drought on record. The Club decided to commit all funds raised to support the national drought appeal. As a result, the Rural Aid Appeal was initiated. The Appeal annually raises funds for a major charity each year through the sale of compilation CDs and a range of specially designed merchandise. Over the years, Rural Aid beneficiaries have included Diabetes Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Leukaemia Foundation, Youth Suicide Prevention, VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students Education), Transplant Australia and the Melanoma Foundation and recently, isolated communities suffering the long-term effects of drought.
The event has grown each year, with all profits distributed among worthy charities, both locally and nationally. An ever-growing number of community groups are also involved in the staging of the event, and for most, it is their major fundraiser for the year. There is a real sense of community ownership in the Muster with now more than 50 local community groups involved in the event’s success.
Since its inception, the Muster has raised more than $14,000,000 dollars for charities Australia-wide.
1982 Webb Brothers
1985 Main Stage Gympie Music Muster
1998 Muster Crowbar
1999 Gympie Muster John Williamson
2003 Muster Beccy Cole Video
Where do I get my wristband?
Upon arrival at the Muster one of our Community Group volunteers will be there to greet you and point you in the direction of General Camping areas (if you are camping). Once you are ready to enter the Festival precinct head on down to the entry gates. You will need your Muster Ticket and ID with you as this will be scanned at the entry gates and exchanged for your Muster wristband.
Can I replace my wristbands?
Not without proof of purchase. Damaged or defaced wristbands will not be accepted and wristbands which are removed or tampered with will be rendered invalid and will not be replaced. Replacement is not available for lost, destroyed or stolen wristbands, unless proof of purchase is presented.
What time can I go into the Muster each day?
The Muster runs over the following times:
- Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8.30am start in the Crow Bar for the Poets breakfast and finishes in the Crow Bar 2am,
- Sunday 8.30am start in the Crow Bar for the Poets breakfast and finishes in the Crow Bar approx. 10pm
Do I need to bring my e-ticket?
Your ticket enables you access to the Muster for the day/s your ticket is valid. Upon entry to the Muster site, you must present your e-ticket print off. The name on the e-ticket must match the identification provided for this person. Upon presentation of your ticket, you will be provided with a RFID wristband which must remain on your wrist for the duration of the Muster. This wristband will enable you access into the entertainment precinct for the days your ticket is valid. Your RFID wristband will also be an optional way of purchasing food, drink and/or items onsite.
Does my ticket include camping?
Yes. All of our ticket types include camping.
Can I bring my car?
Yes. For those attending for just the day you must park your car in the day parking area. For campers each campsite is allowed one car parked next to it.
Are there any powered sites?
Yes! There will be a limited number of powered campsites (these sites will be in one location). Power wil be supplied by a generator. If you do order a powered site, please make sure to bring the correct extension cords as Electrical Inspectors may cut electrical cords that are not up to standard.
- Powered Site – 1 x 15amp | Please contact our office for information on purchase 5482 2099 (Limited number available)
Are there showers?
Yes. We have sufficient communal showers and toilet facilities are in the camping areas for your use. These will be available from Tuesday 22nd August 2017.
Is there Water available onsite?
Yes. There is drinking water available for purchase at various locations throughout the Muster precinct. Tanks of drinkable water are located throughout the campsite from Tuesday 22nd August 2017. Patrons are not permitted to fill caravan or motorhome tanks from these drinking water facilities.
Are there dump sites at the Muster?
Yes. There are areas in the camp grounds for people to empty their toilet and showers in the camp grounds.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Animals are not permitted anywhere on the Muster site (including campgrounds), except in accordance with the law. We permit the use of Guide and Assistance Dogs within the Muster and camping areas. If you are camping with your Assistance Dog, please respect other patrons by cleaning up after your dog.
Can I bring/have my own Alcohol in the camping area?
The Camping Area is a BYO Alcohol Licenced Area. Patrons are not permitted to bring any glass into the Camping Area, and this extends to alcohol products.
In response to our liquor licensing restrictions and obligations, We reserve the right to set restrictions on the quantity of BYO alcohol per person which is brought into the site by patrons.
In response to our liquor licensing restrictions and obligations, You are not permitted to bring kegs of alcohol into the camp site for consumption.
We encourage all patrons to drink responsibly. Police and security will be monitoring anti-social behaviour to ensure that all Muster patrons can have a good time.
The entertainment precinct is a licensed premises and BYO alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the entertainment precinct. Glass bottles and containers are a safety issue for all of our patrons. As such we do not permit glass on site. Glass containers may be confiscated or destroyed and failure to comply with reasonable direction may result in eviction. We are a family friendly event, so please keep that in mind and drink responsibly.
Can I light a campfire?
Fire bans will be in place from 9am to 5pm. We will be advised by the local authorities closer to the event if a total fire ban will be in place. As we are in a State Forest please do your part by ensuring all campfires are contained (within a fire ring or similar protective barrier). The Rural Fire Service will be patrolling to ensure patrons behave responsibly when hosting campfires.
Can I purchase Firewood onsite?
Yes. You can relax and save yourself the trouble of carting firewood to the Muster site – we have one of our Community Groups who will be selling firewood on site.
What’s the weather like?
August at the Muster site is generally warm during the day and very cool at night, with average temperatures at around 26 degrees during the day and 7 degrees at night.
Bring both comfortable clothing for the day and plenty of warm clothes and a good sleeping bag or lots of blankets for the nights.
If there is bad weather and I decide that I don’t want to come, will I get a refund?
No. The Muster is an all weather event and will take place rain, hail or shine. As part of the Terms and Conditions that you agreed to when purchasing your ticket No refunds will be made if You choose not to attend due to inclement weather.
Is there accommodation available off site?
Yes. There are Motels, Hotels, B & B’s in Gympie, the Mary Valley and the Noosa region. Refer to our Stay page.
What Security is on site?
We have Police, Fire and Emergency Services and First Aid staff on site for the duration of the Muster. A private security firm is also on site during the Festival.
Do you have Food and Market stalls on site?
Yes. There is a wide variety of Food and Market stalls at the Muster. If you are interested in applying for a stall site you should ring the office to book or inquire about a spot.
Companion Card Holders?
You may enter the festival free, go ahead and purchase your ticket, once you have your confirmation email which contains your order number then contact Moshtix customer service to arrange your companion’s complimentary ticket. Customers must have a valid ticket and show their companion card (along with their complimentary companion ticket) at the Festival Entry gates. No card or invalid cards will result in your companion being denied entry. Tickets may be available to purchase at the box office subject to availability.
To contact Moshtix please fill out the form found at this link or call them on 1300 438 849.