Australia is definitely a popular destination for gay and lesbian travel. Sydney is probably the best-known starting point due to the world famous Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras held each March. Sydney also has the largest gay population with many gay clubs, bars and shops. Most of these are located around the Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross areas, with Oxford Street (around Darlinghurst) being the main gay strip. There are substantial gay communities in most other major cities around Australia also.
In general Australians are fairly open minded about homosexuality, particularly in inner city regions of major cities. However, you might experience some level of homophobia the further you head into city suburbs or into country areas.
Homosexual acts are legal in all States and Territories in Australia, however the age of consent varies. It is 16 in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, 17 in Tasmania and South Australia and 18 in Queensland.
Popular gay and lesbian travel destinations in Australia are:
Noosa Heads (on the Sunshine Coast)
Southern Highlands (particularly around Kangaroo Valley)
Major gay & lesbian events in Australia include:
Sydney has the world famous Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival
Melbourne has the Midsumma Festival
Adelaide has the Feast Festival
Brisbane has the Brisbane Pride Festival
Perth has the Perth Pride Festival
Each capital city has free gay newspapers, which provide comprehensive information about events, parties, classifieds, general information and much more. The following publications are available
This is a comprehensive guide for gay and lesbian community, distributed weekly down Australia's eastern seaboard (also available online).
The Gay News Network includes the following newspaper style publications (They are also available online).
SX News - One stop for the latest gay and lesbian news, entertainment, lifestyle, sport and more!
MCV - Melbourne's voice for the gay and lesbian community
Blaze - Adelaide's only news magazine for the LGBT community
Queensland Pride - The leading news, lifestyle and entertainment magazine for Queensland's LGBT community
AXN - For Aussie gay guys looking for the latest in fashion, photography, arts, entertainment and travel
They also produce the gay travel resource:
Queensland 's fortnightly gay and lesbian magazine. Available in the print version and online (website).
Western Australia's gay and lesbian news publication, covering current affairs, community issues, arts, music, fashion, travel and more (website).
Canberra's gay and lesbian bi-monthly magazine that a host of topics such as entertainment, news, fashion, health, travel, social scene and much more. Available in print and online (website).
This is Australia's national magazine for Lesbians, Bisexuals and queer women (website).
Same Same - Australian gay and lesbian website that takes you inside out Australia - with news, reviews, in-depth features, forums, competitions and much more.
Pink Board - where you can read about all things GLBTQ in Australia.
DNA - which is available for sale at many newsagents around the country.