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

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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.

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South Fork BnB – Southport, Queensland, Australia

Author: , July 27th, 2016

South Fork BnB

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South Fork is a lesbian owned and operated boutique bed and breakfast in Southport, the CBD of the beautiful Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia, offering a spacious air conditioned suite in a restored “Queenslander” cottage set in lush garden surrounds. Owned and operated by happy, friendly, local businesswoman – host Jenny has great local knowledge, is passionate about hospitality and tourism and loves helping guests experience the best the Gold Coast has to offer. Jenny opened South Fork to guests following the death of her long term partner Deborah (DL) from cancer in 2015. It had been a shared dream to run their own BnB. DL hailed from Key West, Florida, and the BnB is Jenny’s tribute to her and her Southern origins.

The suite comprises two rooms, plus own private bathroom. A large dining room where breakfast is served daily is entered directly from the suite. Walk from the dining room onto the deck overlooking the garden for breakfast. Comfortable outdoor furniture allow guests to experience and enjoy the casual sunny Queensland lifestyle.

Accommodating up to three people, the main bedroom is a Queen Size bed, with built in wardrobe and drawers including a hotel safe. The second room has a comfortable single bed divan, own fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, plasma TV and DVD, and comfortable armchair. There is a large desk and office equipment to suit business travellers. Luxury bathroom amenities include Crabtree and Evelyn shower gel and Moroccan Oil Shampoo/Conditioner.

Daily continental breakfast is a delight and all dietary requirements are accommodated. Home baked muffins feature frequently and organic red papaya from the garden is served when in season. Local honey and gourmet muesli, freshly brewed tea, French press ground coffee, artisan breads, homemade quality jams and real butter are a minimum standard at South Fork.

Bicycles are included – it is a short cycle to the beach and wonderful cycle tracks along the waterfront for miles. Large beach towels are provided for excursions to the iconic Gold Coast Beaches. Five minutes to the heart of Southport shopping centre and hub for all main public transport, including. There is a bus stop literally around the corner from cottage. 45 minutes bus shuttle to GC airport, off street car parking available for guest car. Southport offers easy access to the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks, major Hospital and medical precinct, Griffith University, TAFE College, Schools, Surfers Paradise, Chinatown and the Arts Centre. Regional attractions include Mount Tamborine, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Tweed Valley featuring the renowned Tweed Valley Art Gallery .

A relaxing destination, South Fork offers peace and tranquillity as your home base while being close to all the action the Gold Coast Glitter Strip and surrounding areas have to offer. A perfect location in the centre of paradise, a sincere and warm welcome awaits LGBTI visitors to South Fork BnB.

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

Author: , June 1st, 2016

Bright Deluxe Accommodation

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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.

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Celebrity, Activism and Glitter

Author: , March 10th, 2016

Courtney Act - Sydney Mardi Gras

Sydney Mardi Gras closed with a glitzy concert with the likes of Courtney Act and Conchita Wurst, the party continuing into the night. The parade had 178 floats and over 12,500 participants marching.

Participants included representatives from indigenous Australians and other ethic communities, the police force, political floats and the 78ers – the people who marched for the very first time in 1978, and were brutally attacked by the police.

Participants included representatives from indigenous Australians and other ethic communities, the police force, political floats and the 78ers – the people who marched for the very first time in 1978, and were brutally attacked by the police.

By Jack Flanagan – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Holmwood Guesthouse – Cowes, Victoria, Australia

Author: , February 22nd, 2016

Holmwood Guesthouse

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

Holmwood is a gorgeous guesthouse on Phillip Island, home of the famous fairy penguins. Close to beach and shops we provide the perfect escape summer and winter. Check out our website.

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Decadence Defined

Author: , February 18th, 2016
Sydney Mardi Gras

Photo / Destination New South Wales

Dramatic drag queens and droll drag kings. Bears (the hairy-male type), bogans and Bananas in Pyjamas. Grooving and gyrating mer-drags, macho muscle Mary’s and minx-y mistresses. Sinewy prancers, dancers, hula-hoopers and hedonists in harnesses.

With such decadence and debauchery, it could only be Sydney Mardi Gras – the annual glittering gem of a pride event that showcases the diversity of Sydney’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) communities.

Now in its 38th year, Mardi Gras marks a high point in Sydney’s social calendar and holds its own as an internationally recognised celebration of equality, passion and freedom.

Borne from a rocky start, this much-loved parade originally began as a protest. Following years of hiding their sexuality, a group of around 1000 men and women took to Sydney’s inner-city streets on Saturday June 24, 1978, to march for the recognition of their rights. Despite the peaceful intentions of those who protested, the police reaction was violent, and many arrests were made.

By Emilia Mazza – Full Story at The NZ Herald

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Eating Out: Melbourne

Author: , February 4th, 2016

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Sydney may have the iconic Opera house, Mardi Gras glitz, and some celebrity chefs, yet Melbourne can lay claim to Australia’s only inclusion on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants In the World list–Chef Ben Shewry’s avant-garde, farm-to-table hotspot Attica. Melbourne also has the honor of being a repeat title holder of World’s Most Livable City.

The dining scene here is simply incredible, thanks in no small part to the bounty of produce and wines resulting from the Victoria region’s climate (“four seasons in a day,” locals like to say), a burgeoning crop of under-the-radar innovative chefs, a teeming craft coffee culture, and strong multi-cultural influences.

From Melbourne’s downtown (CBD) and its famed, labyrinthine laneways to hipster hoods Fitzroy and Collingwood, amazing new spots are cropping up everywhere. Openings and reboots are routinely chronicled on chic “what’s on” website, Broadsheet, while annual tome The Age Good Food Guide keeps tabs on the best and brightest. A tastings-filled food tour is always a good idea, and the excellent and sassy Monique Bayer’s Walk Melbourne offers superb 3-hour expeditions covering coffee, chocolate, dumplings, rooftop bars, and more from $53-up. You can even try some modern Aussie cuisine from New York or Los Angeles in Qantas’ business class where the menus are by Neil Perry, whose high-profile Rockpool can be found at Melbourne’s Crown casino complex.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Flamboyant, Fabulous Fun

Author: , January 22nd, 2016

Sydney Mardi Gras

Half a tonne of glitter and 5 kilometres of fabric is needed to get Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade on the road, and it shows. The gigantic street parade is a dazzler. Dressing up in feathers or leathers isn’t just for those in the show – people in the huge crowd of onlookers also tog up in weird and wonderful ways such as their favourite comic character, movie star (Marilyn Monroe is a favourite), or even the Sphinx.

Anything goes in the circus-like event, which has grown way beyond its original platform for the gay community to express themselves in all their diversity, and display their love of putting on a show. It’s become a gigantic street party and a sea of happy faces that anyone can join.

Mardi Gras is a must-see for visitors to the city in early March. The loud, lurid, and licentious cross-dressers generally grab all the media attention but the parade is more than just a huge-scale drag performance.

By Philip Keating – Full Story at Stuff.co.nz

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Wandering Wives – Kangaroo Spotting

Author: , January 13th, 2016

Yanchep kangaroos

Driving north on a day trip from Perth, there are two outstanding national parks well worth a visit. Both of the naturally beautiful parks are great places to relax and visitors should easily manage to spot a Kangaroo or two. If you set off early enough, you could see them both in one day. Nambung national park is around two hours’ drive from Perth and Yanchep national park is less than hour from the city. It is hard to believe the equally stunning parks are so close to each other as they are set in very different environments.

Yanchep feels like a Victorian country park with historic buildings, gardens and a boating lake. We spent a day strolling around the lush green lawns and enjoying the beauty of the park. To us, it felt a lot like the parks in England, except of course for the Koala board-walk and the kangaroos. We strolled along under the gumtrees and spotted a few Koalas sleeping amongst the branches. None of them were brave enough to climb down for or a closer look or to pose for a picture like the Koala we met a Wilsons Prom.

The kangaroos on the other hand were certainly not camera shy. They bounced around the park without a care in the world, stopping to eat and allowing us to take their picture. The collective term for a group of kangaroos is a mob, which makes them sound like a frightening teenage gang. It conjures up images of inner city kangaroos hanging around their local skate park. Neglected since they were joey’s, with nothing to turn to but their mob family. Dressed in hoodies the kangaroo mob terrorise the neighbourhood in a spree of drugs, crime and violence. There is clearly a zero tolerance policy to gang culture in Yanchep, as the mob of kangaroos we met were very unthreatening. Leading us to question if the collective term should be changed to something less aggressive, a bound of kangaroos would be much more fittingread more on Wandering Wives 

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