Concerts are not something I have done a lot of over the years. Probably due to dragging four kids along to events like this is not always easy. 

Well, it was a lifelong aim to see Jimmy Barnes live. On the Mother’s Day weekend we took our two eldest and girlfriend, with some great mates to the Festival by the C in Hervey Bay. 

Mental as Anything, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Mark Seymour too. So many favourites: Hunters and Collectors “Throw your arms around me”, Mental’s “Live it Up” but best of all – “Khe Sahn” followed by Jimmy’s “Working Class Man”. 

But after lots of queuing – despite the most portable toilets I have ever seen, pricey drinks, and freezing cold – I was glad to get into a warm bed. Doors opened from midday and it finished at 10pm. It was practically a marathon for the older ones in our group – we had lived through the 80s, unlike my kids who I merely successfully indoctrinated with 80s music.

Now I’m nursing a cough, and quite happy to keep to quiet nights for a while! But for those with the bug – there’s the Gympie Muster in August, Opera at Jimbour in July and whole host of festivals and events in Outback Queensland.

It was a wonderful way to see more of our family on Mother’s Day, and I’d love to see some epic events like the Elvis Festival in Parkes, NSW. What other iconic events do you recommend?

For this newsletter we update you on a little campsite in WA, with a rave review, introduce a new listing in Queensland we spotted on our way to the concert and talk best Aussie pies