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Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival 2012

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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
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Enjoy jazz and blues & support charity
If you are a jazz and blues fan looking for a perfect excuse to get away from Brisbane for the weekend, you can't go past Dingo Creek Winery on the 19th to 21st of October 2012 for their annual Dingo Creek Jazz & Blues Festival.

The Dingo Creek winery has a picturesque lofty view of the majestic Mount Cooroora. Add that to the lush vineyard growing high quality grapes, indulging in delicious wine, and listening to the sweet sounds of some of the best talents in Australia and life can't get much better.

James Morrison - a talented act
Picture from Dingo Creek Jazz & Blues Festival Website

This year's festival presents a huge program and this music showcase is raising funds for charity. There is nothing better than having a good time and knowing that your funds are being used for a good cause. Gympie Rotary commits to donate proceeds to SIDS, an organization which provides bereavement support to any family or person in Queensland who has been affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a child.

Talented acts include James Morrison, Wendy Matthews, Backsliders, Liam Burrows, Mark Easton, Lil Fi, Pete Cullen, Daniel Champagne, Cousin Alice, John Morrison, Gregory Page, Barry Charles, The Wizard and Oz, Sassy Jazz, Zephyr Project, BSB Swing!, Navy band, Band of Blue, and Haight Ashbury Song Show. With such a varied line-up, you can be guaranteed an enjoyable musical experience.

Daniel Champagne - another talented act
Picture from Dingo Creek Jazz & Blues Festival Website

The festival was founded by Sunshine Coast winemakers David and Marg Gillespie who suffered the devastating loss of their first-born daughter Rachael, who died from SIDS-related causes as a baby. On the day Rachael would have turned 21, a new regional Queensland event was founded. The festival has been bringing beautiful music to the community and bringing the community together since 2002.

The Dingo Creek winery is located 160 kilometres north of Brisbane, approximately 90 minutes drive north. Travel to the winery at Traveston via Gympie. Make a whole weekend of it and wake up to a dawn chorus of exotic birds and enjoy the beauty of nature. You can choose the cheap and cheery option of staying at the campgrounds or for more comfortable and glamorous lodging, stay in one of the many motels and bed and breakfasts available. It is only a short stroll from the campgrounds to the entertainment precinct where you can listen to the musician of your choice. Meals are available for purchase in the entertainment area.

A single adult pass costs $35 for Friday night, $60 for Saturday, $60 for Sunday, or enjoy all three days with a season pass at $140. It is much cheaper for children between the ages of 7-17 years at $5 for the Friday night, $10 for Saturday and Sunday respectively, and $20 for the season pass. If you buy the season pass, you are also entitled to camp at the camp sites for free! Bring your tent, caravan, motorhome, utes or swags. Get your friends together and reminisce through the night. The camping ground includes hot showers and toilets.

If you decide on the one day pass option, you can even extend your visit to the luscious Sunshine Coast Hinterland or drive 40 minutes to the heart of Noosa and Fraser Island. Don't be surprised if you end up extending your pass though, once you check out the quality of the performers and the fun atmosphere.

To get to the vineyard at 265 Tandur Traveston Road, Traveston (via Gympie), follow the Bruce Highway to the Matilda Service Station at Kybong and turn into Tandur Traveston Road. Drive approximately 7.5 kilometres - roads are sealed and the event is well signposted. Ample car parking is available at the venue.

Buses to Gympie are also available. All Greyhound buses arrive at Gympie, transferring ex Brisbane or the Gold Coast. For groups of 20 or more passengers please contact Joanne Drew at Murrays Travel.
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Why? Enjoy charity with entertainment
When: 19-21 October
Where: Traveston, Gympie
Cost: $35-$140
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