Muster month is now and Gympie is all about country music, countryside and making the most of the region. Here are some things to pack in either side of your Muster stay.
MARY VALLEY RATTLER
During Muster month, the Rattler is shuttling to Amamoor, or back, with some one way (or two if you are keen) tickets. From $15, passengers can rattle along the old Mary Valley tracks through the dairy paddocks, pull up for coffee either in Gympie or at the quaint Amamoor station and have a glimpse of a yesteryear public transport experience.
MARY VALLEY SHOW [Sat 17 Aug]
Been to a country show lately?
The scones, fairy floss and steak sandwiches all taste a lot better in the clear air. The animals and the people are all local and you can mostly get up close and personal with the lambs, the calves, the budgies and the rabbits. Wait up for a real rodeo, a few lumberjacks hacking down a pole or two, and a little country music.
NOLAN MUSTER CUP RACE DAY [Sat 17 Aug]
Gympie Turf Club have been racing in the district for 150 years, so you’d reckon they would be getting brilliant at it by now. The Nolan Muster Cup is on the Saturday before Muster is in the spirit of country events, horsey goings on and a casual gathering in the open air at the track.
Located on the Muster side of Gympie town, pack your hat and your tips to come and meet some locals and have a flutter on the ponies. Club gates open at 11am for a full day of racing and entertainment, plus live music after the races.
FARM GATE to PLATE
The rich soils and high rainfall in a kind Queensland climate makes the Mary Valley a quality food growing region with specialist farms and unique products, mostly available on site.
Cooloola Berries sells their luscious strawberries, cider and ice-cream at their café on the farm at Wolvi, open 7 days a week. Rosella soda? Pick your own berries? Spend a morning wolfing down a few waffles with strawberries and cream. Then pick your own berries to work off breakfast and carry a little berry magic home with you.
The extraordinary quality of food produced in the region can also be found Thursday to Sunday at the Kandanga Kitchen and Farm Store. The café sources locally grown products, including from their own farm, all organically matured and creatively put together in this country village on the river. Find out what Farm to Fork really means.