Best Australian Gay Beaches – Gay Star News

Author: , November 5th, 2018

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Australia is a paradise.

Well, spiders aside, it is.

Their beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, with golden sand and sapphire seas just moments from the cultural centers of their cities. They all happen to be populate by hottest people on Earth too. It’s perfect: you just have to avoid a jellyfish here and there.
But as with most things in this world, the way to make those sandy paradises even better is to make it gay. So while it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, strip down and check out all the clothing-optional and gay beaches in Australia.

North Bondi Beach

You have to stress the north in this Australia gay beach because the further you travel in that direction, the gayer it gets. While Bondi Beach proper is for families, head to the right section and you’ll find other gay people, many of whom choose to sunbathe naked. This is probably the most famous beach, so it’s going to be busy.

Drinking is prohibited on the beach annoyingly, but there are plenty of bars on the strip running alongside it. Just make sure you put some clothes on.

By Tom Capon – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Ocean Road Tours – Victoria, Australia Gay Tour Operator

Author: , October 26th, 2018

Ocean Road Tours

Ocean Road Tours is the result of decades of experience visiting the Great Ocean Road and 16 Years of Tour Guiding around Australia.

When designing the tour we put ourselves in your place and asked ourselves “would we be happy with that?”

We had a look at the existing tours and decided to start at the beginning and every time we set up something new we asked ourselves, “would we be happy with that?”

Our tours are all about giving everyone the best possible day tour you can have. We believe there can be no half measures when you are visiting us for a once in a lifetime experience.

I would want the best affordable service I can get, so why shouldn’t you expect the same?

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Gay Brisbane – Gay Star News

Author: , January 17th, 2018

Gay Brisbane

Living Gay Brisbane is a young gay guy living in Brisbane – the capital of the Australian state of Queensland. On his blog, Living Gay Brisbane shares personal and lifestyle stories.

We caught up with Living Gay Brisbane for some local insights into how to get the most out of a visit to one of Australia’s most vibrant and exciting cities.

How long have you lived in Brisbane?

I’ve lived in Brisbane for three years now. When I first moved here I was still in the closet, and very unsure about myself. Luckily I’ve come a long way since then.

What’s it like, living in Brisbane?

I’m very confident about being a gay man in Brisbane now. In my experience, it’s a very safe and accepting place.

In the recent postal survey on marriage equality, Brisbane returned an 80 percent response in favour or marriage equality.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Backpacking in Australia – Breakaway Backpacker

Author: , December 11th, 2017

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You know how in video games; the main character is always on the go with nothing but the supplies he can carry on his back? Backpacking lets you live as a video game character as you set forth on the great adventure of discovering the world and meeting new faces along the way.

See the world like never before

Backpacking is you as the main character of an RPG, taking on side quests, conquering monsters, and saving the world. Well, the quests are menial jobs to support yourself as you go, and the monsters are your fears and the saving the world bit might be a stretch, but you get the point.

Travelling the world, the way these backpackers do, immerses you in a full mix of culture and challenges, wherein you come out a brand-new person. And with its vast open spaces, heritage, and abundance of kangaroos, Australia is a place like no other. In fact, you might fall in love with the city and stay there forever.

For a small continent, it has enough places for you to stay for more than a year.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker

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The 4 Most Underrated Australia Queer Events

Author: , August 26th, 2017

Wild costumes, oversized floats, film festivals and fabulous live performances – it draws a reported 500,000 spectators a year, everyone in the world knows about Sydney’s annual dusk till dawn Mardi Gras party.

Though Sydney might have earned the moniker “gayest city on earth” with its festivities, for the discerning LGBT Aussie it’s certainly not the only live attraction around. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest and best festivals and gatherings to keep you occupied for the whole year.

Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival

Started in Melbourne in 1989, this 3 week queer extravaganza looks to celebrate everything LGBT and more. It brings 120,000 people together every year just for its enormous opening day carnival. Consisting of hours of free music, entertainment and hundreds of stalls with plenty of food, fun, dancing and drinks – and that’s just the first day!

Across the rest of three weeks you can expect to enjoy such events as the Australia Day Picnic at Forest Glade Gardens, a 50,000 strong Pride March and an LGBTIQ sports day with 17 groups competing in a variety of sports. With 150 events in total there’s something for everyone from art lovers to families.

Brisbane Queer Film Festival

This is one for the movie buffs, turning 18 this year the Brisbane Queer Film Festival has long promoted queer cinema from Australia and around the world. Recognized alongside other international queer-centric festivals in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, the festival runs from March 10-18th every year. The stated intent of the festival is to showcase a diverse screening of inclusive films that really reflect the modern LGBTIQ experience.

Alice Springs’ Pride Carnival

The celebrations aren’t just confined to major cities anymore. Relatively new to the LGBTIQ festival scene, the carnival seeks to promote sexual diversity across all the different cultures of Australia. Special focus is given to Brotherboys and Sistergirls trans communities of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders that have existed long before European settlers came to Australia.

The weekend long September festival includes art exhibitions, a fair day, travelling performers, a dog show and stalls amongst many other attractions. So if you’re in the Northern Territories, now is the perfect time to check it out.

Feast Festival

On the books since 1997 Adelaide’s premier event for LGBIT causes, Feast Festival is a worthy entry on our list. Remarkably, it is counted as the third biggest queer festival in the country. The extravaganza was headlined last year by pop idol Danii Minogue and takes place over 2 weeks, centred on the Raj House in Adelaide’s East End. The festival is very arts-centric with theatre and fringe performances occurring throughout, alongside dances and the obligatory bombastic carnival. The festival also plays host to important forums for discussion of queer issues and culture, for the heady types amongst you.

Party On

While these are some of the bigger festivals that have drawn our interest, they’re far from the only game in town. Pride events in Perth and the Chillout Festival in Victoria are just a few more that escaped the attentions of this list; however you can keep up with all the latest gay festival news on sites like emen8.com.au amongst others.

Whatever kind of festivity suits your style it’s clear that Australia has a variety of parties and events for every taste. So pack your bags, body glitter and costumes because this year is going to be a real celebration.

Glass on Glasshouse – Queensland, Australia

Author: , May 17th, 2017

Glass on Glasshouse

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Tucked away by Queenslands picturesque Glasshouse Mountains our stylish and contemporary hideaway feature floor to ceiling glass windows for spectacular views of the Sunshine Cost Hinterland so guests can experience nature up close, even when indoors.

Our sleek pavilions offer understated luxury and a sense of seclusion, while just being 6 kilometres from the nearest town. But with a dramatic freestanding bath at your disposal as well as a double sided fireplace, luxurious king size bedroom, breathtaking views of native wildlife, not to mention a delectable breakfast basket each morning, we doubt you will want to venture anywhere else except maybe out for dinner to a country pub if you are not in the mood for using the BBQ on the deck.

Should you choose too however to venture out there are many amazing walks and hikes not too far away.

Venture a little further to the beautiful Rainforest Towns of Maleny & Montville or go and explore the famous Australia Zoo.

Or if you don’t really want to leave your sanctuary we have an onsite cafe where you can just relax and enjoy the views over our Mango Orchard and watch the kangaroos.

Treat yourself to something special….you deserve it!

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Travel Guide to Gay Perth

Author: , April 13th, 2017

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Emerging from Perth airport the first thing that hits you is the light. Clear blue skies and an almost harsh bright white sunlight that bakes everything it touches.

Where to Base Yourself in Gay Perth

North Perth — a neighbourhood well-served by cafes and restaurants and within walking distance of the city centre.

Leederville – great cinema and good bars and restaurants.

Fremantle – known for its markets and dock-side lifestyle.

Central – gay Perth’s central business district has all the shops you could want, plus some great bars and restaurants. The city has the Swan River running through it and there is development underway to make the most of this riverside precinct.
Which beaches to go to

North Cottesloe – probably the favourite with locals, endless white sand and solid waves.
City Beach – a bit easier to get to and favoured by a younger crowd.

Where to Eat

Long Chim — Perth: Chef David Thompson is renowned as a passionate advocate of Thai cuisine, and in his restaurant Long Chim he celebrates the flavours and traditional dishes of Thailand by elevating them to something spectacular. We were there for a family dinner, which the sharing-style dishes suited perfectly. Our starters included crunchy prawns; beef skewers; and dried prawns wrapped in betel leaves. Our mains included calamari, green chicken curry, a rich beef curry, and lamb ribs. While there is a relaxed, unfussy style to this restaurant this is still very much high-end cooking, with high-end prices to match. If you were being picky, the serving sizes are a touch on the small side (considering the price you’re paying), but this is almost compensated for by the depth and complexity of flavour. Without doubt this was one of the best Thai meals I’ve ever eaten.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Dandenong Ranges Cottages – The Patch, Victoria, Australia

Author: , April 7th, 2017

Dandenong Ranges Cottages

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Dandenong Ranges Cottages offers four cottages set on three acres of beautiful gardens in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.

Catering from 2 to 10 guests in each cottage – we can accommodate sisxteen guests in total.

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Gay Sydney, Australia

Author: , April 5th, 2017

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Gay Sydney is alive and ready for you to visit. Sydney is the gay capital of the Southern Hemisphere. The city, and Australia as a whole, is considered one of the gay-friendliest places in the world. With the exception of marriage, LGBTI couples can cherish the same rights and benefits as their straight counterparts.

If that wasn’t enough, the weather is almost perfect all year round. During winter the temperature hardly falls below 10˚C. Even so, the highs are still around 20˚C. It’s no wonder then that Sydney is a prime destination for beach lovers–and for the lovers of men with their shirts off.

Here’s our handy-dandy little guide to get you started on your gay travels down under Get ready for gay Sydney!

When to Go

The high season for tourists are the summer months which are from the beginning of December to the end of February. If you’re an LGBTI tourist then the quintessential time to visit would be during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, which takes place at the end of February. This renowned festival is chock-full of exhibitions, music, theatre, community events, and of course massive parties. The theme for 2017 is Creating Equality. In 2017, Mardi Gras will celebrate how far the LGBTI community has come and highlight the areas in which we’re still not treating equally. If you truly want to experience gay Sydney then you cannot miss Mardi Gras!

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Byron Haven – Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Author: , December 23rd, 2016

Byron Haven

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

These cabins are ideal for people who desire a relaxing experience whilst close to the town and beach.

These one bedroom cabins sleep up to two people and provide an ultimate getaway accommodation with views of calming greenery in a very quiet neighbourhood. Due to our convenient location it is a 3 minute walk to the beach and a 7 minute walk into town.

The rooms are spacious and showcase a full ensuite that includes a personal bathroom, a queen sized bed, polished timber flooring, newly fitted furniture and large verandahs. In addition, Ceiling fans compliment the cabin to assist in keeping you cool and comfortable on those hot summer nights. The Belongil creek reserve runs at the rear of the property making it a very quiet place to stay.

  • Relax on the beach & meet Byron Bay’s colourful characters
  • Hang out and relax at the colourful weekend markets & shop till you drop in local boutiques and shops

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