Roni and John McCorkle love their time at the Muster.
Roni and John McCorkle love their time at the Muster. Craig Warhurst

Comfy country campers well equipped at Muster

NO ONE said camping meant roughing it.

That's the truth according to long-time Muster goer Roni McCorkle who will enjoy the comfort of her queen-size bed after long days (and nights) of country music celebrations.

Mrs McCorkle and husband John reside in one of the many campsites already in operation at the Muster's Amamoor site.

Mr McCorkle said despite plummeting night temperatures of around 2 degrees, the couple had called the site home for the past two weeks and was in the process of making it party central.

"The event is outstanding but the lead-up to it is great," he said.

Come Muster week, the north Brisbane couple's comfy camp will feature a bar, complete with seven beer taps, an equipped kitchen and a dining room.

They are part of a lucky handful of people who plan to spend more than a month five-star camping at the site.

"Cooking doesn't seem like a chore when you're cooking under the glow of the Milky Way," Mrs

McCorkle said.

The 2013 Gympie Music Muster will be the couple's eighth and Mrs McCorkle said her husband already has plans for 2014.

Fellow comfy camper Len Waddington has seen out 13 Musters and has come back for more, setting up a tent - or in his case a top-class campervan - weeks early.

The Mothar Mountain grandfather will make the most of the quiet nights in the country before he puts on his traditional Muster show for family and friends - on a wide movie screen, to host weekend movie showings.

He said this was the year he hoped to give his grandchildren a taste of Muster camping and hoped they enjoyed it as much as he did.

Mr Waddington said in more than a decade of Muster fun, he had never seen a "blue".

"It's a lovely environment."

The environment will be a whole lot busier in the coming weeks as early birds pitch their tents before the first sounds of guitar fill the air from the Crow Bar on Tuesday, August 20.

John and Clare Stehbens arrived on Wednesday in their campervan for their 14th Muster and the "laid-back lifestyle" they love.

They will be joined next Thursday as groups of their friends arrive to celebrate Muster time with them.

They will be among thousands who are expected to make Amamoor Creek State Forest home for at least part of the Muster week, or longer, as they gear up for four action-packed days of the world's best music in the country.

Nine stages are set to bring the forest to life and while the world-class musical talent will get people dancing, campers also can't wait for the fun to be had at their own grassy doorsteps.

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