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Gay Melbourne

Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne, Australia.
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Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, after Sydney. It has a thriving gay scene, and the locals are both gay-tolerant and gay-friendly. Some call the city the cultural capital of Australia and there are even suggestions by some Melbarnians that the Yarra River is every bit as good at the Sydney’s harbor. The city folk have what some might consider contradictory tastes; football (the Australian version) and ballet, barbies (BBQ’s) and fine dining restaurants, the didgeridoo and jazz, street performers and thriving theater. Whilst the more northern cities get the brunt of the tourist focus, Melbourne keeps a lower profile and is considered one of Australia’s best-kept year round secrets.

Melbourne has great choices when it comes to gay and gay friendly hotel, inns guesthouses and traditional bed and breakfast accommodations. Rates and amenities offered range from budget to deluxe so there is plenty of choice for the gay and lesbian traveler depending on spend and tastes.

Deciding when to visit can be challenging because of the number of options available to the gay and lesbian traveler. The spring and fall seasons are particularly wonderful. In springtime, the city’s many gardens are in full bloom and the annual Spring Racing Carnival heralds in the summer. In the fall, Melbourne takes on a different look and although the air is cooler, the amber and ochre parks are stunning. Each year the “Midsumma Gay and Lesbian Festival” is held in January and February. It features art events, a street parade and a ball.

Melbourne's climate has an unfortunate reputation, wet and windy, too hot or too cold, unpredictable and liable to extremes. In reality, average winter temperatures range between 43 and 55 degrees F and summer temperatures rarely raises above 95 degrees F. As for their ‘notorious’ rainfall, Melbourne gets only half the average rainfall of Sydney and Brisbane.

Deciding where to stay or visit presents more challenges as there is so much from which to choose. St Kilda is located on a beautiful headland just a short distance from the city. What was once the most fashionable suburbs, it fell into notoriety decades ago because it became a haunt for druggies and prostitutes. All that has changed. Because of its picturesque bayside setting, close proximity to the city, beaches, music venues, restaurants and cafe lifestyle, St
Kilda has regained its earlier reputation and become a premier tourist destination. Acland Street is well worth visiting. It has become a magnet for world travelers, from all lifestyles, bringing a richness, a vibrancy and an energy to this part of Melbourne.

Chapel Street, South Yarra, is reputedly Melbourne’s most fashionable and ‘foodie’ street. If you’re in search of designer labels, fancy bistros, street cafés, art galleries and trendy boutiques, this is the street for you.

Perhaps the one area that epitomizes the soul of Melbourne, is Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Here you can be Bohemian, poor, rich, alternative, trendy, gay, straight, young or old, whatever. It has the best selection of small, unpretentious cafes serving tasty food, organic vegetable shops and flower stalls on the footpath, alternative bookshops and Nepalese wares. People watching is the favored pastime and you’ll never get bored.

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