There’s something to suit every budget and plenty to lure gay and lesbian travellers to Queensland – breathtaking natural attractions, gay and lesbian accommodation and thriving club scenes and festivals.
As Queensland’s thriving capital city, Brisbane offers the very best in food, wine, arts, entertainment, shopping, and sporting events, all celebrating the city’s outdoor lifestyle. The surrounding regions of surf beaches, mountain ranges and pristine subtropical rainforest make it a diverse holiday destination.
The clubs, bars and restaurants of Fortitude Valley, West End and Spring Hill are the main areas where the community plays. The Brisbane Pride Festival is held each September and includes a variety of events such as the Pride Rally & March and Fair Day. In February, the Brisbane Powerhouse hosts the annual Melt and Queer Film Festivals.
The nearby destinations of Noosa, Fraser Island, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast all offer glorious beach holidays with plenty of gay and lesbian friendly accommodation, dining and shopping. Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, one of the few places left on Earth where you can really escape
Escaping to the Tropical North promises warm weather, exciting cuisine and the only place on Earth where two World Heritage listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests, meet. You’ll find Australia’s largest concentration of resorts and guesthouses catering exclusively to gay and lesbian travellers, and many gay and lesbian friendly ones.
Essential ports of call in this tropical wonderland include Cairns, Port Douglas, the Daintree Rainforest, the Reef, Mission Beach and Magnetic Island.
Brisbane Pride Festival
Image: Brisbane at night