2024 Spirit of the Bush – Balladeers & Heritage Muster

2024 Spirit of the Bush - Balladeers & Heritage Muster


April 23, 2024 - April 28, 2024    
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Boondooma Homestead
8262 Mundubbera Durong Road, , Boondooma, QLD, 4613

Event Type

For those who love to listen to some of Australia’s best balladeers and bush poets, Boondooma Homestead is the place to be in April 2024

The line up of Balladeers include Alec Beckett, Alice Benfer, Jeff Brown, Clyde Cameron, Amber Goldsmith, Ashley Cook, Bec Hance, Brian Letton, Dean Perrett, Ged & Trudy Kintz, Ken Lindsay, Kylie Castle, Kylie Hogan, Pete Smith, Sharon Smith

What a wonderful group of bush poets including Jennifer Bell, Gary Fogerty, Suzanne Honour, Neil McArthur.

These artist will perform from Friday through until Sunday.

A great group of walkups performing Australian content will take to the stage from Tuesday to Thursday.

(Please note: The booking fee is additional to the admission fee)

Children under 15 years of age and under are free.

WEDNESDAY EVENING: Join us for our sausage sizzle fundraiser from 6pm with proceeds this year going LifeFlight.

FIRES: Fires are allowed but must be in a container and placed above the ground. Ashes MUST BE PLACED IN THE ASH DRUMS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE CAMPING AREA. If there is a total fire ban called, no fires will be allowed. Please do not allow smoke from your fire to annoy your neighbours.

MENU NOTICES: Menu notices will be displayed outside the kitchen area and there will be different menus on some days. CASH IS REQUIRED FOR ALL MEALS FROM THE KITCHEN AND THE BAR.

CAMP OVEN MEALS: Camp oven meals will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets will be presold for Camp Oven meals. Times of the ticket sales and camp oven meals times will be displayed and announced from the stage. Ticket holders are to line up at the advertised time as the meal will be served on time.

SPECIAL POETS COMPETITION (Friday): There will be free admission for registered poets to the homestead on Friday 26-04-2024 provided you have registered for this competition. Registrations will close on 21-04-2024, the poems must be of Australian content, time limit will be 8 minutes including preamble. Contact Brian Weier for more details: 0418 622 551.

WALK UP PERFORMERS: Those wishing to perform on the Tuesday to Thursday must register their participation by checking in with the Comperes upon arrival, Clarrie Weller & Brian Weier. They will be located behind the stage at the back of the Big Top. Sound check will be on Monday with the possibly of walkup performances. Tuesday – open mic after lunch. Wednesday – Australian Country Music. Thursday – Traditional Australian Country Music. Walkup Bush Poets breakfast Tuesday – Thursday.

Saturday Walkup Competition – Conditions of Entry

Entrants must have performed twice on the stage at the current festival. Walk up artists are able to perform on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 23th and 25th April. Arrange times with Stage Manager.

Walk up artists wishing to take part in the competition need to fill out the the registration form backstage under the Big Top no later than by 8.00 pm on Friday 26th April.

  • Competition times will be announced during the festival.
  • All material must be Australian country content
  • Anyone who has performed at any festival and won the competition is considered ineligible
  • Anyone who has performed for payment will be considered ineligible

CHURCH SERVICE: The service will take place in the gardens commencing at 8.00 am Sunday. The service will be conducted by [to be advised].

Please observe the “NO DOGS ALLOWED” and “NO SMOKING” signs throughout the grounds.