G’day mates, English Marie here! Did you know that Australia is one of the biggest countries that has an active and supportive LGBT community. Attitudes toward the LGBT community do vary in Australia, just as they do in the US, however Australia’s commitment to supporting the LGBT community continues to make it a top LGBT friendly destination.
You’ll quickly find that despite Australia’s rough and rugged reputation, there’s a large, active and confident LGBT community. Sydney’s is one of the largest in the country, abundant in LGBT venues, services, businesses, travel clubs, and so much more. It’s no wonder Sydney is a top LGBT travel destinations. If you’re a beach goer, you’re in the right place. Sydney has a plethora of beaches, many of which are LGBT friendly spots, like Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, and Tamarama Beach, just to name a few. For those who enjoy sunbathing in the nude, check out Obelisk Beach and Lady Jane Beach. During Mach, hundreds of thousands of people can be found celebrating Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Get ready for loads of fun! Second to Sydney, you’ll that Melbourne has a great scene. As the second largest city in Australia, it’s vibrant and full of character. Melbourne is a little less focused on the beach, with a cooler climate and more indoor activities to choose from. Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth also have their own small, but visible LGBT communities.
If you’re looking for some more in depth information we’ve compiled a list of useful links for LGBT friendly travel below:
Pinkboard: Pinkboard has been providing an information source, discussion space and social network for Australia’s GLBTQ community since 1986.
The Pink Directory: Australia’s premier online directory of gay and lesbian business and services.
DNA: Australia’s best-selling magazine for gay men. Every month, you’ll find great feature stories, celebrity profiles, pop culture reviews and sensational photography of some of the world’s sexiest male models in our fashion stories.
LOTL: LOTL is a free to street monthly magazine distributed to city centers of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane focusing on community events, entertainment, political and social developments and local lesbian life in Australia.
IGLTA: International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
GALTA: Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia
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