Trip Leader: Peter Fry
Destination: Nambung Station 2269 Wongonderrah Road, CERVANTES, WA 6511
Date: Thursday 25th October to 4pm Sunday 28th October 2018
New members Chris and Jenni joined Lyn and Peter Fry (Trip leader) and headed to Nambung Station 166Kms N-W of Perth for the four day Music Festival. This area has one bar to three bars of Telstra reception but mostly out of range of phone, and being inland from Cervantes . I suspect too many phones were vying for phone tower connection.
There was no opportunity for exploring the station due the event taking place. The two Pajeros did visit Cervantes for fuel , lotto and lunch on Friday. We looked at two 24 hour rest areas on the way back to the station, that could accommodate several vehicles for free camping on a future venture.
This is the fourth year of the Festival and saw over 1200 people attend and fine quality Country entertainers fly in and then drive in from around Australia. They raised $17,000 for charity from gate takings and raffles. The 1st year saw 70 people gather in the shearing shed, Then 500 people the 2nd year, then 1000 for the 3rd year and 1200 for 2018.
The Muster supported walk up performers during the day and then the headline performers were on stage from the afternoon until 10pm each night. Plenty of purpose built large shade cloth covered areas for seating. At one time there were three aircraft on the grass airfield. Many Guitars, a banjo, mandolin, harmonica and fiddle all were playing on stage during the weekend. There were raffles every day and there was a three string cigar box guitar ( made in WA by Ian Fletcher) and amplifier as a separate raffle drawn on the last day. A lot of the last day saw some Blue Grass performances.
There was a sea of caravans and RV’s north and south of the station road in. (over 500)
You could book the water truck and have your water tanks filled for $2.00
There were food vans selling all weekend e.g. spices, pizza, burgers, icecream and a sausage sizzle provided by St John Ambulance. An ambulance was on site all weekend. There were performer CD’s on sale for $15 and $20.00 or 3 for $50. The local CWA had Devonshire teas running all weekend. A huge team of volunteers and many sponsors adding to the organization and success. A Poets Breakfast Sunday morning followed by some Gospel Country songs Sunday morning 10 until 12. Both line and traditional dancing most of Saturday on several dance floors beside the main stage.
This was a fabulous introduction to this style of music and yes we will be back in 2019.
Peter Fry – Trip Report