Gay and Lesbian travel in Australia

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Gay and Lesbian travel in Australia


Gay lifestyle & cultureAustralian gay and lesbian lifestyle and culture

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 destinationsPopular gay and lesbian travel destinations

Popular gay and lesbian travel destinations in Australia are:



Byron Bay

Noosa Heads (on the Sunshine Coast)


The Blue Mountains

Hunter Valley

Southern Highlands (particularly around Kangaroo Valley)

Daylesford & Hepburn Springs


Major gay eventsMajor gay & lesbian events

Major gay & lesbian events in Australia include:


ResourcesGay and lesbian publications and resources

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

Sydney Star Observer

This is a comprehensive guide for gay and lesbian community, distributed weekly down Australia's eastern seaboard (also available online).

Gay News Network

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

  • Cherrie - Entertainment, lifestyle and politics for lesbian and queer women across Australia

They also produce the gay travel resource:

  • Fellow Travellers - Guide to gay and lesbian Australia, which is full of tips, helpful hints and accommodation listings featuring hundreds of gay-owned and gay-friendly establishments around Australia.


Queensland 's fortnightly gay and lesbian magazine. Available in the print version and online (website).

OUT in Perth

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).

LOTL (Lesbians on the loose magazine)

This is Australia's national magazine for Lesbians, Bisexuals and queer women (website).

Other online resources

  • 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.

Main gay magazine in Australia

DNA - which is available for sale at many newsagents around the country.