Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tasmania: The Rainbow Isle





Somewhere over the rainbow and St. Mary's Pass lies the fantastic Rainbow Retreat, atop St. Patrick Mtn.
It definitely lives up to its name, and after every sprinkle and rain splash there's rainbow after rainbow. Come to the gay owned Rainbow Retreat and become a believer.

Ian and Peter, partners and business associates for more than 20 years, have made the sea change to NE Tasmania and built a spectacular "green" retreat for G&L visitors. About 10% of the guests are gay or lesbian couples, seeking a great spot to unwind and rejuvenate, maybe even have their union celebrated by Peter. The catering by Ian can't be beat for any ocassion!


This year, Rainbow Retreat Wilderness Eco Cabins won the People's Choice Award for unique local accommodation, and their woodfire pizza helped earn them the accolades.

Check in, order food to match the local wines provided in your room, then relax on the deck to watch the sunset. Theres hardly a better view in all of Tasmania. I know, I've searched for it and found in in St. Mary', of all places!

East Coast Escape: Tasmania's Sunshine Side

According to the car plate tagline, Tassie is the Holiday Isle, and many GAL visitors are finding their way under downunder. Yes, it's worth the effort to get here.

When you slide into the fishing village of St. Helens, be sure to pick up provisions before heading 6 more kms to my slice of paradise - Binalong Bay. You won't want to leave there in a hurry, so pick up enough food and grog for a few days.

See Mark at the Juice and Gelato bar (on the corner you take from main street out to BB) for a tasty treat, and while there, buy a copy of his partner Colin's book on matching local food and wines. Dee-licious, if I do say so myself (Ms. Dee-Tours Down-Under).

Binalong Bay is literally the easternmost tip of Tasmania, and about the friendliest place I've ever encountered on all my worldy travels. My recommendation for charming accommodation with a million dollar view is the Bay of Fires Character Cottages, a Rainbow Tourism Accredited property with friendly hosts John & Marion. Book early; there's a dirth of available accommodation and you don't want to miss the best by waiting till you get here to look for a place to lay your head. Besides, the best restaurant in town is at the foot of the hill. Fresh catch of the day and best fish n chips in Australia, bar none. The cold Boags and Cascade beer and Bay of Fires view aren't bad either.

The water today was drop dead goregous, and I managed 15 minutes with wet suit before exiting to aforementioned cold beer. Literally out the front steps of the restaurant and you're in the cleanest, clearest water on the planet. I practically had the whole beach to myself today - and I like it that way. So don't tell anyone except your best travel mates and get on down here now!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Destination Daylesford: Come for ChillOut Festival & Weekends




'Tho I camped during ChillOut Festival in years past, I've had the opportunity to return to Daylesford with a local, and next time I'm staying at a B&B! The ChillOut Festival is every Labour Day weekend in March.

As a former resort B&B operator, I can relate to the guys who run the two gay owned and operated traditional B&B's in Daylesford. There are other GOO properties, but hard to find outside Rainbow Tourism, GalStays and SameSexTravel.

Among the OUT properties on Rainbow Tourism is Holyrood House, right, and Old Chilli, left, both boutique places with gay male hosts and traditional B&B experience. They are located within a few minutes of Daylesford CBD, but you'll want a car or bicycle for the steep hills. I walked from my lodging on the hill - and all around town - but needed a ride back to home base with the shopping bags!

Write me if you want first-hand photos and dee-tails of your prospectice visit there. Dee Farrell. Cheers.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Destination Sydney: gay4play and gayscene

Visiting Sydney then check out a new website to see what is happening on the gay scene.

www.gayscene.com.au is a website dedicated to the events, the music, the djs, the clubs, the parties, the lifestyle and everything else that makes up our wonderful scene. Be it ARQ, The Shift, Stonewall, Manacle or even The Market in Melbourne you'll find a comprehensive what's on guide right here.

Looking for something different on your next visit to Sydney then check out:

www.gay4play.com.au for events beyond the bars

- check out the Canberra Bush Dance at end of month.

- and don't miss horse play on 2nd December.

Destination Wellington: New Gay Bar

A new bar has opened in Wellington, New Zealand

'Our Bar' is a Gay Bar located at 201 Cuba Street, Wellington.
Open 7 Days - Monday to Friday 3pm - Late, Weekends 9am - Late

There is a full brunch menu operating in the weekends and dinner/snack menus everyday. It is a really laid back atmosphere where everyone is welcome - girls, boys, family, everyone!

We have the facilities to run private functions also, so if you want somewhere to hold that special birthday/party/function/club meeting give Sharon a call on (04) 802 4405.

Wellington finally has a great new gay venue - come and check it out!!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Destination Bali: Tamu Seseh

Like your holidays, Tamu Seseh began as a dream.

Set in beautiful rice fields on the southwest coast of Bali, Tamu Seseh takes you back to the very essence of this beautiful tropical island.

Your private pool villa is architecturally inspired by the surrounding village, with contemporary luxuries beyond your expectations.

Available in a variety of configurations, from one to six bedrooms, this collection of villas is the ultimate in dream holiday locations.

A private staff of eight includes your own chef. Ricefields stretching to the horizon.

Beaches and temples, traditional village life.

No hawkers. No hassles. Your holiday, your dream of Bali.

Book your dream now - Tamu Seseh