Exploring Gay Melbourne

Author: , July 3rd, 2013

Australia Gay TravelI fully expected to be greeted by a throbbing crowd of Hemsworths when I got off the plane at Melbourne Tullamarine airport a few months ago. There are still plenty of hotties to stare at…

Unlike its sister city and rival for tourists attention Sydney, Melbourne doesn’t scream gay. It simply comments on it every now and then without over stating. I think the best way of describing gay Melbourne is to picture how gay you are throughout the week. If Sydney is you being gay on a Saturday, Melbourne is how gay you are on Monday. You’re still plenty gay but you’re less likely to be dancing in a parade in skin tight silver hot pants on a Monday … Less likely but still could be.

So the gay things you enjoy mid week are what Melbourne has to offer in spades! Fantastic restaurants, a barrage of cafes on every street corner, wine bars and wineries, spas, museums, theatres, concert halls and festivals. Melbourne is everything a trendy gay could ever want.

Authored By Nick Baker – See the Full Story at Gay Web Source

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A Couple’s Guide to Melbourne

Author: , June 21st, 2013
Melbourne

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Couples will love Melbourne. It’s a cultural city with a cosmopolitan vibe that’s only second in size to Sydney. It’s eclectic and diverse neighbourhoods just beg to be explored and the city boasts countless things to see and do that even couples with differing tastes can both enjoy.

Melbourne

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Located in the state of Victoria on Australia’s far southern coast, Melbourne is a city that is packed with interesting architecture, lovely little cafes, museums, markets, parks and a fantastic choice of bars, restaurants and clubs to suit all tastes and budgets.

Melbourne is an international and vibrant city that knows how to show its visitors a good time, with festivals, sporting and theatrical events throughout the year. As an international city, flights to Melbourne are also quite cheap and very frequent. Not only that, Melbourne has a thriving gay community with St Kilda, Fitzroy and Carlton being the neighbourhoods that are particularly gay friendly. You’ll be happy to know that Melbourne airport is very close to the city centre. The SkyBus runs every ten minutes and is one of the easiest ways to get into the city. Taxis are also readily available,

So, you and your partner have booked your cheap flights to Melbourne, you’ve packed your bags and are ready for a trip of a lifetime – just what are you going to do when you get there?

Arts and Culture

Photo by  FarbenfroheWunderwelt, used with permission

Photo by
FarbenfroheWunderwelt, used with permission

Since Melbourne is considered to be Australia’s premier cultural city there’ll be no surprise that it’s full of art galleries and museums such as the creepy but fun Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience, and the Melbourne Museum where you can learn about the history of the city and region. Melbourne is a wonderful place to enjoy a night out watching the latest musical or contemporary play at the Malthouse Theatre. Named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008 there are numerous bookshops scattered throughout the city and there are always book-related events taking place at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas.

Outdoor Activities and Leisure Time

Melbourne is an attractive city with landscaped parks, rivers and a stunning bay area to explore. One of the best and most romantic ways of seeing the city is from a hot air balloon at dawn. If you’d prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground then soak up the city’s sights on the Melbourne Heritage Walk or stroll along the Royal Botanic Gardens Trail. The Yarra River meanders through the city and then there are the sandy beaches along Melbourne’s coast offering couples the opportunity to go kiteboarding and windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. For wildlife enthusiasts or just big kids there’s the Melbourne Zoo with over 250 species of animals to be found within its landscaped grounds.

Melbourne Shopping

There are a variety of places to shop in Melbourne from large department stores to low key markets. In the city centre is Bourke Street Mall, home to Australia’s major department store, Myer. If you fancy shopping on a large scale then Chadstone, towards the outskirt of the city, has an incredible 530+ shops. A highlight of shopping in Melbourne is the markets. Treat your loved one to delicious fresh food from the Queen Vic Market, browse local artwork at Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Market, or see the creative goods from illustrators and jewellers at the wonderfully named Bend and Snap Market.

Eating Out and Entertainment

From A Taste of the Market street food festival, to high tea at The Vincent, Melbourne is awash with great places to eat. Tuck into the freshest catch of the day at the Beach House Seafood Restaurant, dine out at gay owned 2 Faces Restaurant or feast on Cantonese food at award-winning, Flower Drum. When darkness descends Melbourne really comes to life. Dance the night away at gay club, The Peel, enjoy drag shows at the GH Hotel, or chill out in the coffee lounge of Sircuit Bar.

Booking cheap flights to Melbourne is a smart move for any couple looking for a holiday to remember in Australia’s cultural and friendly city.