BUSH SPIRIT: Kathy Duff, ladies' walk-up winner Danielle Alford and Michael Duff enjoy the Balladeers and Heritage Muster at Boondooma Homestead on April 27.
BUSH SPIRIT: Kathy Duff, ladies' walk-up winner Danielle Alford and Michael Duff enjoy the Balladeers and Heritage Muster at Boondooma Homestead on April 27. Jessica McGrath

Bush spirit celebrated at historic homestead

BALLADS of the pioneers and poems describing life in the bush were heard at the historic Boondooma Homestead last week.

Hundreds of fans came along to the original Spirit of the Bush Balladeers and Heritage Muster from April 23-28.

Homestead secretary Judy Brandt said the event was very successful and saw about 240 caravans on site, with 550 people attending the poet walk-up awards ceremony.

"We had a really good selection of balladeers and country music artists,” she said.

Many attendees were impressed by the quality and number of walk-up competitors.

"Some are still learning and building confidence and it was a great opportunity for them to practice,” Mrs Brandt said.

Ladies' walk-up winner Danielle Alford said she would be back for the event next year.

"I was rather stunned to win,” she said.

"I've had a wonderful week, everyone has been friendly and the weather has been just magic.”

Kathy and Michael Duff led the crowd in a minute's silence for their late father, Mick, who had been involved in previous musters and lived on one of the original Boondooma Homestead outstations, Di Di Station.

This was the 19th muster the homestead has hosted and is well known for the historical location, country setting and opportunity for bush camping.

Boondooma Museum and Homestead treasurer Pattie Brown said some of the entertainers had travelled from as far as Lismore and Pittsworth to Gladstone and Gympie.

"We've already got half of our artists booked for next year,” she said.

The homestead hosted a moving Anzac Day ceremony for the event attendees, with Janice Irv dressed in a World War I uniform for the parade.

"We had about 40 veterans on parade led by horses,” she said.

Chris Callaghan sang an Anzac song and two Anzac poems were recited.

Boondooma Homestead will host its next event, Scots in the Bush, from August 15-18.