Jill Perry and Alf Loveday break in Alf's new Muster bar.
Jill Perry and Alf Loveday break in Alf's new Muster bar. Craig Warhurst

Campers catch top Muster spots

COME August, Slim Dusty Drive in the Amamoor Creek State Forest is equivalent to Noosa's Hastings Street or Brisbane's Queen Street - it's prime real estate, country music style.

That's why diehard Muster lovers get in early to grab their piece of Muster paradise and erect their bush palaces in readiness for Australia's biggest and best music festival, which kicks off on August 25.

Muster veterans like Ron and Barbara White, Dan and Shirley Rowlands and Alf Loveday know the benefits of getting to the Muster site early.

They arrived just before the Queen's birthday long weekend and have been all set up camp on slim Dusty Drive.

The narrow dirt road is just 50 metres from the nearest Muster venue, even closer to the General Store and a stone's throw from the main stage.

Some slightly envious campers may call it 'Snobbsville' but Barbara says there are no snobs camping on Slim Dusty Drive.

"Everyone is so friendly here," she said.

"We meet hundreds of nice people every year; it's the friendly people that make the Muster."

The country music fan said getting to the Muster early came with an added cost, but the extra investment was well and truly worth it.

"It costs about five dollars a night for each of us to camp here," she said.

"All up, it will cost us about an extra $700 on top of our Muster tickets to get this great spot at 10 Slim Dusty Drive."

But it isn't just close proximity to the action that gives them the best campsite at the Muster.  Barbara said she loves the spot because everyone has to walk past the camp to get to Muster entertainment and that gives her the chance to meet some friendly people.

In the camp across the road from Barbara is one of those friendly people.

Dan Rowlands, 69, is making his wife Shirley a cuppa on a homemade bush kitchen.

The Muster stalwart says he's getting the body ready for Muster number 28.

"I want to be able to go to 30 Musters - maybe then I'll retire from them," Dan says with a smirk.

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