Rafe Dyer cuts wood for the campfire in preparation for another cold night at the Amamoor Creek State Forest camping ground.
Rafe Dyer cuts wood for the campfire in preparation for another cold night at the Amamoor Creek State Forest camping ground. Renee Pilcher

Cold nights, perfect days at camp

EARLY-bird muster campers are braving freezing temperatures at night, but will be treating it as a trade-off for perfect wintry days.

Besides, these campers come to Amamoor Creek State Forest fully equipped to deal with the cold.

It is the middle of winter after all.

And there’s plenty of warmth at night when the whole family is sleeping in a caravan, Rafe Dyer said.

He, his wife and their two boys Leni, 6, and Hunter, 11, have been enjoying the beautiful weather while camping at the muster site during the school holidays.

They’ll pack up the van on Sunday and leave a few tents to mark their spot – close to all the action of the Gympie Music Muster – before returning to normal life at their home in North Arm.

Rafe said they would return to the site around muster time and stay for about three weeks.

They don’t mind the cold.

In fact, little Leni has been known to go for an early morning swim in the creek – but not this year. Maybe it’s just a bit too cold.

He’s been going to the festival with his parents since he was an infant.

This is the family’s fifth consecutive muster and no doubt Leni’s first memorable moment.

“They call him Leni the Legend around here,” Rafe said.

“I like my country music but it’s the atmosphere that we come for.”

Dan Rowland and his wife Shirley were happy to have finally set up camp on Slim Dusty Drive for their 30th year after campground closures, caused by flood damage, had delayed their annual holiday.

The Christmas in July celebrations they hold every year will no doubt be a spectacular event this time around, with frost-covered campgrounds in the morning lending itself to a white Christmas.

Yeah right, Dan said – who gets up that early on holiday?

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