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Muster up your city-slicker mates for a merry day out

Ballandean Estate Lunch on The Merry Muster 2020 (image supplied)
Ballandean Estate Lunch on The Merry Muster 2020 (image supplied)

Is it us, or has this year slipped by at an alarming rate? Now, we don’t mean to alarm anyone here, but you do realise Christmas is less than three months away, right? (Cue heart palpitations).

Getting everyone covered with unique and special gifts can, at times, be an entirely taxing affair. You want your presents to be a little unique and out of the ordinary, memorable, and ultimately show that your Christmas game is strong when it comes down to it.

So, how does a fully-fledged, one day only, Christmas shopping bus tour trip out to some of Southeast Queensland’s best rural producers sound to you? A little too good to be true (and too much fun!). Well, think again.

After the success of previous years, The Merry Muster is back for 2021 and is combining a beautiful day trip out to the country with the chance to get your hands on one-off artisanal produce, wines, gifts — you name it!

The Merry Muster Bus Charter (image supplied)
The Merry Muster Bus Charter (image supplied)

The concept is simple: city-slickers from the Gold Coast and Brisbane will board a convoy of Merry Muster buses on Saturday 4th December before setting off to the vista-filled wonders of the Scenic Rim and Granite Belt.

Not only will you have a fabulous day of shopping, but guests will also be spreading festive cheer and much-needed dollars to market stallholders and producers from regional Queensland areas. The ones who have been hit hard in recent years through drought, flood, bushfires and now COVID-19.

Basically, Queenslanders looking after Queenslanders!

Stanthorpe shoppers on The Merry Muster 2020 (image supplied)
Stanthorpe shoppers on The Merry Muster 2020 (image supplied)

The first stop on the itinerary will be Summer Land Camels in the picturesque Scenic Rim. This charming (and cheeky) camel farm will host a vast Christmas market filled to the brim with makers, bakers, creators, and growers from all around the surrounding locale.

You can enjoy a decadent morning tea, get a selfie with a camel before you take time to explore the onsite shop full of goodies.

Grab lunch from one of the many onsite foodie vendors before the tour continues to the Granite Belt Christmas Farm in Applethorpe; where an outstanding boutique market — organised by event partner, Buy From The Bush QLD — featuring some of the many bush businesses proudly awaits!

Recharge with a delicious afternoon tea complete with a glass of bubbles, then shop till you drop, explore the farm’s substantial onsite Christmas store, hand-feed some of Santa’s animals or explore the Christmas tree forest before heading home.

Warwick shoppers, at The Merry Muster (image supplied)
Warwick shoppers, at The Merry Muster (image supplied)

Tickets are a snip at $100pp, which includes your full-day itinerary, gourmet local produce morning tea, your very own Merry Muster shopping tote bag, delicious afternoon tea (including a glass of bubbles), wine tasting, a donation to two chosen charities on the day and transport to and from the locations on a luxury air-conditioned coach. Your day is all wrapped up!

Plus, all attendees will go into the draw to win some seriously fabulous lucky guest prizes supplied by this year’s generous sponsors, Spicers Retreats and Lolita’s Pearls. — Ooh la la!

Departure and return on the coaches will be from Ashmore, with tickets now on sale and strictly limited to 500 seats. Head to their website to learn more or to book yourself in before all available spaces disappear!

When: Saturday 4th December 2021.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Ballandean Estate Lunch on The Merry Muster 2020 (image supplied)
Ballandean Estate Lunch on The Merry Muster 2020 (image supplied)

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