Flying into Cairns in the Far North of Queensland (FNQ), we were wowed by the wilderness hugging the coastline. Thick, luxuriant, tropical vegetation is starkly contrasted against the celestial blue of the Coral Sea, home of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is a small, modern city, a short ten minute drive from its busy International Airport. On arrival, the bright sunny, steamy atmosphere makes this city scream 'vacation time!'. Whether you are relaxing by a pool, strolling along the coastal boardwalk under the swaying palm trees or simply stretched out on one of the many sandy beaches to the north of the city, this is a fun and friendly place to base yourself in FNQ.
Port Macquarie, is one of the most beautiful country towns on the east coast of Australia. It's a five hour drive north of Sydney and boasts the best climate in the country. But wait until to you see its stunning, pristine beaches and waterways, nature reserves and walking trails, excellent restaurants and accommodation options, and the list goes on. This gorgeous coastal gem is becoming a preferred escape destination for young, well-heeled weekenders, so you won't be the only gay in the village.
Far North Queensland (FNQ) is hot, tropical and a world class destination for those looking to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, and the Daintree Rainforest/Cape Tribulation.
Promoting Australia as a welcoming destination for gay and lesbian travellers is the guiding principle for GALTA (Gay And Lesbian Tourism Australia - http://galta.com.au/meet-the-team) and Noosa certainly demonstrated its credentials in wonderful style as a prodigious host for the 2015 gathering of GALTA members for their Annual General Meeting. Noosa, the jewel in the crown of Queensland's famous Sunshine Coast, was the chosen location for the this year's event and we (GayMenOnHoliday.com) didn't waste the opportunity to meet the people behind the famous rainbow logo.
We arrived home very jet lagged from our long trip through Europe but we soon found a new set of wings when we discovered the Glitter Festival on the Gold Coast was already up, up and away. Unfortunately, our arrival was a little late to catch a few stunning events like Tacos and Tiaras at QT, The Lunch that Drags on Tedder Avenue, Larry Paradiseo and the Fabulous Dame Farrar, Michael Griffiths on piano and Australia's 'Acid Tongue Prince', Mr Joel Creasy. However, there were still plenty of fabulous festive functions left on the program to titilate our tastebuds and aid re-entry into the Gold Coast glitterati. A quick breeze through the program, a change of outfit and off we went!
Belongil Beach, part of Australia's famous Byron Bay, is one of the world's most beautiful beaches. We know this is a big call but it's true. The beach is expansive. It runs as far as the eye can see, with clean, pristine, soft, white, powdery sand. It is somewhat wild and rugged with crystal, clear water. Watched over by Byron's famous protective lighthouse, which marks the most easterly point of Australia, this beach is a total gem. Did we also mention you often see dolphins playing offshore a