With Sydney's pride festivities in full swing, holiday-makers might like to extend their stay in Australia and visit some of the impressive destinations around the country. Luckily for gay and lesbian holiday-makers, there are gay-friendly hotels who welcome like-minded travellers with open feather boas.
Here are our top ten gay hotels, resorts and getaways around Australia.
Turtle Cove Beach Resort, Cairns
Spectacularly-located on a private beach just north of Cairns, Turtle Cove is the ultimate destination in Queensland for a tropical paradise escape. The resort boasts a Spa that offers remedial massage to soothe fatigued muscles and a gym for a pre-swim workout. A trip to Kuranda is a great day’s outing.
The Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs
Alice Springs is the final destination in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a fabulous journey that started in Sydney and crossed through a desert of discovery. So follow in the bus’ tyre-prints to explore the sights of the red centre. And when in Alice, stay at the Crowne Plaza, a welcoming oasis that boasts a sauna, whirlpool and outdoor pool.
Pink Flamingo Resort, Port Douglas
Pets and partners are welcome at the Pink Flamingo Resort in exclusive Port Douglas. The facilities include a pool with its own bar, BBQ area, bicycle hire and a private massage service. While staying in the region it would be criminal not to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef or take a day trip to Cape Tribulation.
Skinny Dips Resort, Cairns
For holiday-makers requiring a central Cairns hotel, reserve a room at the always friendly Skinny Dips Resort. After exploring the sights of the city, return to the hotel’s sauna or utilise the exercise equipment before taking a dip in the pool.
Allendale Cottages, Blue Mountains
Around one-hundred kilometres inland from Sydney are the iconic Blue Mountains, a must-experience destination for any visitor to Australia. The Allendale Cottages offer private self-contained architecturally-designed cottages created specifically for peace and tranquillity. Be sure, to head down to Echo Point for the obligatory photo with the Three Sisters in the background.
Hideaway Resort, Peregian Beach
Beautifully-located on Queensland's Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane, Hideaway Resort offers privacy and seclusion for guests who appreciate clothing optional hotels. Just north of the resort is Noosa, where koalas sit nonchalantly in the Eucalypt Trees.
Tala Farmstay, Tyalgum
For a uniquely Australian accommodation experience, check into the Tala Farmstay, located in northern New South Wales near Murwillumbah. There are plenty of scenic drives in the region and numerous bush walks to stretch your legs.
Hideaway Haven, Albany
Hideaway Haven is a great rural retreat situated in Albany on Western Australia’s south coast. Peace and serenity pervades where guests will wake to the sounds of birds feeding and kangaroos foraging for food.
Bush House, Gold Coast
For a Gold Coast accommodation option, stay at the Bush House, a comfortable B&B that exclusively courts the gay market. While in the region, be sure to take the lift to the observation deck of Q1, the tallest building in Australia. Other attractions include Jupiters Casino and the numerous theme parks.
Noosa Cove Holiday Apartments, Noosa
The beach at Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast, is one of the most beautiful in the country and holiday-makers have the option of staying at the Noosa Cove Holiday Apartments. While in Noosa, consider hiking through the national park or kayaking on the everglades.