Gympie is not just a One Festival town.  Set up camp a little early and have a crack at these five unique experiences on offer during the Muster month of August.

1. CEDAR GROVE ROCK POOL    [Anytime]

It’s Queensland, and never too cold to swim, particularly in the crystal waters of the nearby Amamoor Forest swimming hole. Amid the bunya and cedar pines near the Cedar Grove camp area, the pool is a great alternative to community showers and certain to make you feel tingly all over. We can’t promise it won’t be chilly, but we can promise it’ll be worth it.

2.  MARY VALLEY SHOW    [Saturday August 18, Imbil]

Only 15 minutes by car or a brisk 14km walk, one of the state’s best country shows will be rocking the quaint river town of Imbil.  The show will feature all that fun Show stuff – ring events, bizarre breeds of chook and various cattle, greasy dagwood dogs and a real rodeo with fireworks at the end of the day.  Mary Valley Show

3. NOLAN MUSTER CUP RACE DAY    [Saturday 18 August, Gympie Turf Club]

If you haven’t been to a regional Queensland race meeting, you should bucket list it.  Up close and personal with the athletes, a chance to wear your best hat and frock, opportunity for a flutter and the best place to meet local characters.  The racing industry has no airs and graces, the sport of kings is made up by a big cross section of the community, particularly outside metropolitan areas.   Nolan Muster Cup Race Day

4.  WHALES, SHARKS AND DOLPHINS     [All day, everyday, but especially in August] 

About 1 hour east of the Gympie Music Muster campground is one of the most exquisite stretches of coastal Queensland ….  Rainbow Beach and Double Island point.  Turquoise waters pulsing with marine life, and creamy rainbow streaked sands.  In August, the whales are trawling along the Queensland coast on their annual migration.  From Rainbow and DI, they can be clearly seen, from the lighthouse there or a kayak (tours available from Gympie).  A well known hangout for grey nurse and Tiger sharks, the area is famous for it’s green turtles and dolphins which surge in and out of the nearby Tin Can Bay river mouth where they are on show for a closer look and scheduled feed by the tourists. Beach driving is allowed with a National Parks permit (check tides) and surfing around the point is pretty fab, particularly with a nor-easter blowing.  Visit Gympie Region

5. CHILL    [All week]

The Amamoor river valley forest with its towering hoop pines and fragrant eucalypts is the perfect place for it.  So, while you wait for the music and dancing to begin, enjoy the morning mists, the starry skies, the crackling fires and some like-minded company.  You will be ready then to experience four days of the best music this country can offer.  Gympie Music Muster

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