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1. Posted by grannelly (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

hey guys. just curious really to see what gay travellers thought of the gay scenes in australia. Being a gay traveller myself, im just curious to see how others found the scene ova there. thanks.

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Hi grannelly

I'm not gay but I've lived around the Oxford Street, Paddington area in Sydney. This where Sydney holds the world famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ...

Try this links:Perfect Gay Destination

Quoting gaytimes UK

"...Australia is the perfect gay destination. There is a large gay scene particularly in Sydney and the country is friendly and welcoming towards gay and lesbian visitors..."

And this oneOutUK

3. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 11y

Gran, I'm not gay either, but I was wondering if you are a gay traveller or a traveller who is gay?

What I mean is are you looking for things specific to your orientation? Or just curious if being a touch flamboyant would cause the locals to give you hell in OZ?

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

I've read that in Oct or actually it may be November there is some sort of gay festival thing-sounds good, i can't remeber when it is, either i'm going to be there around that time or i'm not!-sounds like the place comes to life! search on the internet or get some travel books-i read it in one of my books!

5. Posted by grannelly (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hey guys. Im just a traveller who is gay. Im not camp and am very straight acting. Just wondering how gay travellers got on whilst in australia. Im hoping my experience down under will bring me 'out of my shell' and give me more confidence.

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Go for it-for one you will be in a diff. country so you won't care as much-you are who you are!

Don't go explaining yourself-this is one very useful tip i've learnt in life-you go saying i'm not camp etc. who cares if you are!

As long as you are happy and comfortable with yourself your confidence will show-honestly-you've got to be doing it to believe it!

Good luck

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Why limit yourself to the "gay scene"?

I'm sure it's the same as any other western city; nightclubs, cabarets and the like.

8. Posted by grannelly (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hi guys. Thanx for ur replies. and thanx lil j. u r right, i shpuld just be myself. I jus find it hard sometimes to be myself. But hey move onwards an upwards. fly out the end of august to adelaide and i can't wait. thanx again.

9. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Not sure if i'm a gay but hey dude, if u are gonna look for rainbow brothers i recommend u to this website of which i'm an indifferent, if not obsolete member. It is the leading lesbian and gay web portal in Asia-Pacific. Look for the City Guide page.
Heck, this is interesting info why not i extract some of the stuff there here.

Sydney.
Oxford Street is Sydney's official gay strip and there are countless parties of tight T-shirted guys strolling hand in hand and checking out the competition from the hip street cafes. King Street, Newtown is another burgeoning centre of gay activities, while lesbian communities tend to converge in Erskineville and Leichhart, fondly coined "dyke chhart".

Melbourne.
March Queen Film and Video Festival
As part of the Midsumma Festival, this is a film festival focussing on films with gay and lesbian themes or directed by gay and lesbian film-makers.

Getting all excited already eh? Check it out - Here(Viewer discretion is advised)

P/S: the city guide is pretty useful even for mainstream travellers.

10. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 11y

So far while being here I have found Australia to be fairly progressive, or at least it's people don't seem like they'll be overly worried about what you do in your bedroom.

I can't help with gay oriented clubs and that but taking the "traveller who is gay" approach, I'd bet a dollar that you'll get on just fine out here with whatever you decide to do.

Besides, once you see how they make truck drivers dress here you'll think being gay is a job requirement to drive a truck down under.