The Sunshine Coast as a Gay Destination
Australia's Sunshine Coast stretches from Caloundra, just north of Brisbane up to the exclusive enclave of Noosa, where koalas sleep in the Eucalypt Trees. Along this 50 kilometre stretch of coastline are numerous sleepy towns each offering a stunning beach that demands personal attention - Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Coolum are our favourites. Away from the glitz of the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast is a region dedicated to relaxation.
While in the region, the Sunshine Coast hinterland provides a contrasting experience to the coast. From the mountain range, the views over the coast are stunning but more importantly the towns of Maleny and Montville are worth exploring for the quaint old-world charm. There are also some great hiking opportunities in the national parks.
For gay and lesbian travellers, there are dedicated hotels on the Sunshine Coast that exclusively cater to a gay clientele. This way, travellers have the opportunity staying within welcoming environs. Additionally, a short walk from the heart of Noosa lies a clothing optional beach that offers seclusion and privacy.
Noosa Cove Holiday Apartments, Noosa
The boutique Noosa Cove Holiday Apartments is a four-star resort that caters exclusively to a gay market and is set within a lush sub-tropical setting. On offer is a clothing-optional pool, a sun deck and a choice of one or two bedroom apartments that come complete with self-catering kitchen facilities.
Hideaway Resort, Peregian Beach
Hideaway Resort offers privacy and seclusion for guests who appreciate a clothing optional hotel. The resort overlooks the picturesque Peregian Beach and the suites face the pool. The rooms are equipped with Wi Fi internet access, DVD players and library and air-conditioning. Every Saturday night, the resort offers a special barbeque so that everyone can socialise while having dinner.