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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Bluff Creek Campgrounds – Gay Friendly Sunshine Coast Campground

Author: , October 26th, 2017

Bluff Creek Campgrounds - gay friendly Sunshine Coast campground

Bluff Creek is a simple campground in the beautiful Mary Valley on the Sunshine Coast. The 100 acres of camping offer guests the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Mary River, walk through bushland that is home to koalas, kangaroos and many other native animals.

Features and amenities include, hot showers and flushing toilets, bush walking trails, swimming holes and a small farm shop offering local fare and camping basics. We keep numbers low to allow our guests extra privacy and space.

Our locality offers lovely day trips from visiting waterfalls to breweries and local producers. Markets in the nearby towns of Imbil and Eumundi can also be found on selected days.

If you would like to visit give us a call to arrange your camping or glamping stay.

See the Bluff Creek Campgrounds Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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!

See the Glass on Glasshouse Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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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Australian Lesbian Couple Forced to Marry Overseas After Cancer Diagnosis

Author: , January 8th, 2017
Lynn MacLaren and Sarah Holt-Foreman

Photo by Woody Fridae

Lynn MacLaren and Sarah Holt-Foreman were spending a September evening at a streetside wine bar in Fremantle, Western Australia. The sun was setting, they had a glass each, it was the weekend.
And then Holt-Foreman pulled a little model elephant out from nowhere, with two rings perched on its tiny trunk.

“As a child I collected elephants,” MacLaren explained to BuzzFeed News. “It was a joke between my brother and I. I was a little bit heavier than he was, and I just owned it, and had this elephant collection.”

The one Holt-Foreman presented was from Bali, where she had also bought the rings some time earlier.

“Do you want to get married?” she asked.

By Lain Sainty – Full Story at Buzzfeed

Sydney’s Romantic Beachside Restaurants

Author: , November 17th, 2016

Sydney

Sydney’s waterfront offers beautiful scenery and a classically romantic setting to enjoy quality time with your loved one. It’s not a surprise then to find a number of romantic restaurants with good quality food on the beachside. If you are planning for a lovely date night, you should check out the below selection of Sydney’s best waterfront restaurants.

The Boathouse

1 Marine Parade, Manly

The Boathouse is located on Shelly Beach and it offers a lovely, affordable restaurant experience with stunning scenery. The little spot is perfect for a late lunch or a romantic Sunday brunch and you could even just grab something on the go from the Kiosk. If you truly fall in love with the restaurant, you’ll be excited to hear they also provide catering for weddings and other events.

Pizzaperta

The Star Sydney, Harbourside Entry, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Italian food is among the best date night options you can pick. A slice of tasty pizza, a glass of a wine and the calm sea in front of you is definitely an experience you want to share with a special person. The casual setting is great for first dates or for those sudden decisions to do something fun together. The infused cocktails are definitely worth checking out as well!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Serengale Retreat – Gay Friendly Retreat in Victoria, Australia

Author: , September 28th, 2016

Serengale Retreat

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

Beautifully placed, stylish luxury is the promise of this self-contained accommodation nestled within 14 private acres adjoining Serengale Vineyard. Perfect for couples, getaways, groups and families for up to 10 people, this is an invitation to turn off the fast pace of life and slow down for a while.

Serengale Retreat has been meticulously renovated with two spacious living areas, five generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, contemporary furnishings, original artworks and a gourmet kitchen that would gratify the discerning chef. With every room framing a captivating view of rolling pasture, native garden or the Australian bush it is the ultimate in space and privacy.

You can stay at home and relax by the log fire, share meals and wine under the veranda or in the large dining room, stroll through the native garden, explore the forest walk, arrange a pamper package or enjoy a private wine tasting at Serengale Vineyard. For those wanting to explore further, cycle the rail and mountain bike trails, explore the National Parks, historic Beechworth and the Milawa Gourmet Region all only a short drive away.

Whether you are looking for a weekend retreat, time with friends or family or a holiday experience to remember, Serengale Retreat is the ideal destination.

See the Serengale Retreat Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Bright Deluxe Accommodation – Gay Friendly Townhome in Bright, Victoria, Australia

Author: , June 1st, 2016

Bright Deluxe Accommodation

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

A 2 Bedroom townhouse , nestled on a tree lined street, amongst beautiful elms in the quaint town of Bright, Victoria sits Bright Deluxe Accommodation – waiting for you to relax and enjoy our area.

Situated on a residential street known for its quiet tranquillity consisting of Lockup garage, private courtyard, fronts onto iconic Rail Trail, full size kitchen/dining/lounge, beautiful decor with a splash of antiques located walking distance to Bright central.

Available as holiday rental, please ring or email for enquiry or bookings for rates.

See the Bright Deluxe Accommodation Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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