Saturday, November 06, 2010

New Home

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Monday, September 27, 2010

NYE on Australia's Gold Coast: A French Cabaret Affair at Sofitel Broadbeach

Room 81 is definitely a place to be on New Year's Eve.

A gay old time is promised on the Paris end of Broadbeach.

If your travel plans include a stay on Australia's Gold Coast, the Sofitel should be your top pick - for luxury and the parties alone.

For sophisticated, contemporary dining look no further than Room 81. A modern lounge/bar/kitchen with music by contemporary DJ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This new concept provides guests of Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach - and locals who know of this gem - with ultimate in chic style.

NYE @ Room 81 Friday 31 December from 7pm $250 per person.

An opulent evening of food, wine and cabaret. Enjoy a glass of Dom Perignon on arrival, followed by a six-course tasting menu complete with matching wines.

Harold Zidler and the magnificent Cancan dancers will amaze and amuse! Then countdown the final moments of 2010 with a glass of French Champagne, midnight canapes and a cabaret finale.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stand Up Paddling vs Surfing. You can do both on Australia's Gold Coast.

When visiting Australia - the land of perpetual coastlines and great waves - you should consider getting getting wet n wild.  Learn to surf or learn the latest craze, stand up paddling.  Where else but on the famous Surfers Paradise.
Brad Holmes, a local surf champion-turned-coach, can help you get on a board and enjoy riding the waves.

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Christchurch Earthquake

A major earthquake happened today in Christchurch, New Zealand - see new stories below.

The good news is no one so far has been reported killed in the quake there is substantial damage.

We have heard from a number of Christchurch businesses and while they are all shaken - with everyone reporting some broken items - they are all open for business.

Been New Zealand it won't take long for everyone to pitch in and get water, power and essential services restored.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Pink Point Center Buenos Aires Opens Its Doors

Final Preparations For Opening Doors

Opening Night Attendees

By Roy Heale

Recently the Argentine Ministry of Tourism announced that international visitors to this country have increased by 30% year-over-year based upon numbers for June 2010. It is almost certain that many of these travelers are from the global gay and lesbian community. The capital city of Buenos Aires is the number one popular destination in Argentina and recently it has been dubbed the new “gay mecca” of South America. So it seems appropriate that the FIRST Pink Point LGBT Information Centre in South America opened its doors in Buenos Aires during September 2010. Following hot on the heels of Argentina being the FIRST country on the continent to legalize same-sex marriages nationally, the timing of this launch could not be more appropriate. Argentina is truly joining the ranks as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world.

Modeled after the successful Pink Point Amsterdam, which began during the Gay Games in 1998---since then has been expanded into Barcelona and London---Pink Point Buenos Aires is a convenient ground floor store-front location in the heart of downtown near the intersection of the renowned Florida and Lavalle pedestrian streets. Initially it will be open daily at the Galeria Luxor, Lavalle 669, from 10:00 to 20:00 HRS (Sundays 16:00 to 20:00HRS) and staffed by multi-lingual employees.

“We wanted to bring together all the gay and gay-friendly businesses in Buenos Aires under one roof and provide a venue with information about the city's LGBT social life,” says Erik Hovenga Diaz, Director of The Royal Family and main instigator of the Pink Point Buenos Aires. “Visitors will be able to pick-up brochures, gay maps, ask questions, and learn about the vibrant Buenos Aires gay community,” continues Hovenga Diaz. They will also be able to book real gay tours of the city and surrounding attractions hosted by knowledgeable local gay residents, join special Pink Point excursions, learn about all of Argentina, and purchase appropriate gay souvenirs or tickets to shows. Future plans include an art gallery focusing on the works of local LGBT artists. The information center will also be hetero-friendly and inclusive in the information provided.

Pink Point Buenos Aires is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association ensuring that all visitors to the center are connected to the larger global family of LGBT travel specialists.

All of these information services are offered FREE to the tourists and all the hand-out brochures, maps, etc., are provided by the local businesses and tourism agencies. There is also an extensive website providing a great deal of information for tourists to use for research prior to leaving their home town. This could well be the most extensive and comprehensive LGBT information source in Argentina and it is anticipated that additional gay and gay-friendly businesses throughout South America will want to be represented at the center in the future.

Luxor Galeria on Lavalle Street, Buenos Aires

In a city with 13 million residents there is a thriving LGBT community, but it is not always easy to find your way around Buenos Aires when you are an international visitor---now the Pink Point center will make this task a little easier. No gay visit to Buenos Aires will be complete without stopping at the Pink Point center upon arrival in the city to ensure that you learn everything that this gay mecca has to offer for the complete LGBT experience in Buenos Aires and beyond.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Spring Migration Festival - 3 to 5 September

Spring Migration is happening in a couple of weeks in Rural Victoria, Australia & as part of this event the Rural GLBT Health & Wellbeing Forum is on.

For more details or to secure your spot at the Forum click here

This year's Spring Migration has some very special surprises in store so click here to view the program

Yes Vanessa Wagner is our compere extrordaniare for the weekend she will also be doing some DJ work along with local DJ Graeme Beaver and DJ Gazbear

Our Special guests are the ever popular Linda Lamont (a local girl) who always wow's everyone with her fabulous looks and spot on dance coreography, also the Thai Tiffany Showgirls will be performing their famous One Night in Bangkok Show along with Australia's only Bear Band "KODIAK" who have been wowing audiences in Melbourne at the Laird Hotel and Pride March and many more gigs around town.

Check out the Spring Migration Festival 2010 Television Commercial airing across regional Victoria and into some of NSW now!

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Fruitopia: A Spring Country Fair Day in Lismore

To help fund a club house, the Tropical Fruits Land Fund is presenting a new event called Fruitopia on Sunday, 29 August at the Lismore Showgrounds.  The country fair will start at 9.30AM and continue until 4pm with performancess by the likes of Shiny Shiny and local bands and DJs.  Don't forget the cake bake off and dog show mixed amongst the stalls. Sounds like they know how to put fun into a fundraiser.

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Gold Rush Fever Hits Lismore

It is not too soon to buy your tickets for the Tropical Fruits Gold Rush Fever trifecta of parties this New Year's Ever; they go on sale1st of September, so mark you calendars.  The three-party pass includes NYE Gold Rush 31 Dec., Pool Party 1 Jan., and a recovery party later that night.

The event looks set to sell out this New Year's Eve because of an added feature.  Young people will have their own space for the first time.  

For travel assistance with accommodations and tours during party week - from Byron Bay to Lismore - please contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.  More information on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube

Cairns Hosts Tropical Pride Festival 21-29 August

The pink action in Far North Queensland will be during the upcoming Tropical Pride Festival.  "Show Your Love" is the theme of this year's event.  (Even though same-same marriages are still unavailable to Australians, we know how to celebrate and show our pride more than ever!)

The event kicks off with a Tropical Pride float in the Cairns Festival Parade and is followed by an "Out Proud" dance party at a local brewery later that night. The grand finale is the Tropical Pride Fair Day on the Sunday at Tanks Art Centre.  

Several local accommodations have Festival Rates, including the Rainbow Tourism Accredited Skinny Dips Resort and Spa in Cairns (exclusively for gay travelers) and The Pink Flamingo (all welcome, lesbian owned resort) in nearby Port Douglas.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Los Angeles, Uluru now connected by Virgin Blue

Visitors from Los Angeles travelling on V Australia to Sydney can now connect to Uluru's Ayers Rock Airport with Virgin Blue's new direct daily flights, a report said.
The flights make it effortless for US visitors to take a trip to the Red Centre, Tourism NT Chief Executive, Maree Tetlow said.
"Over the last three years the Northern Territory has attracted, on average, 32,000 holiday visitors from the US every year.
"We expect this number to increase considerably over time given the extra travel option now available to Australia's outback."

Rainbow Concierge Note:

Wish this option had been available when I first trekked to Ayers Rock, as it was known then. I loved the Outback (now known as Red Centre) - so much so that I extended my stay at the Ayers Rock hostel. Eventually, I made my way back to Denver, a trip taking more than 30 hours to travel about 10,000 miles.

If you go now:

Attractions and Adventures Activities are on the must-do list.

Other recommendations: Things to See & Do.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Queenstown - Snowshoeing

If you are in Queenstown this week then check out the Guided Nature Walks Snowshoeing special - everyone is at children prices - See /

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Music to the ears in Broadbeach on Gold Coast

Broadbeach - a stone's throw from Surfers Paradise - will host the Broadbeach Jazz and Food Festival 19-22 August.  If you were considering a holiday to jazz up your life, this might be the  right destination and weekend to go.

Night and day in various locations, Broadbeach will feature an abundance of live jazz music on outdoor stages and venues. The event will even see Surf Parade closed to make way for a 10 piece jazz band and the ‘RAT PACK’ performing live.

Make a weekend of it and stay in the precinct so you can enjoy the village atmosphere, dine in the restaurants and spend some time soaking up the fantastic festival feel.

For travel assistance with accommodation and restaurants close to the action, please contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.  Several of these are featured on our Website, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

GayWhistler & Air New Zealand Welcomes Out Olympic Speed Skater Blake Skjellerup to Vancouver Pride 2010

Get a free cuddle and enter to win airfare tickets to Sydney, Australia

What: Air New Zealand and GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE are hosting Blake Skjellerup, a New Zealand Olympian from the 2010 Games, at the Air New Zealand booth during Vancouver Pride 2010.

Stop by the Air New Zealand booth to learn about the new SkycouchTm , also known as the "cuddle class," and receive a FREE cuddle. Cuddlers can also enter to win two return economy tickets to Mardi Gras in Sydney, Austraila in March 2011. For complete terms and conditions visit:

Who: Air New Zealand and Blake Skjellerup, New Zealand short-track speed skater and 2010 Olympian

When: 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday, August 1, 2010

Where: Sunset Beach Pride Festival
1433 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC
Booth # S69

Why: Air New Zealand is joining forces with GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE to host New Zealand athlete, Blake Skjellerup, to Vancouver for Pride 2010. Skjellerup competed in the 2010 Olympics in short track speed skating, and is the first athlete from the 2010 Games to come out.

"Who could pass up a free cuddle with Blake Skjellerup?" said Roger Poulton, Vice President, The Americas. "Air New Zealand celebrates people from all walks of life, reflecting our country's diversity-embracing nature . Returning for our 4th year, we are proud to be involved again in this year's Pride."

Blake Skjellerup, 2010 Olympic speed skater
Melanie Macauley, Air New Zealand Advertising Manager
"Nothing to Hide" Pride 2010 Air New Zealand models

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

2nd AsiaPacific Outgames - registrations open

Registrations opened two weeks ago for the 2nd Asia Pacific Outgames in March 2011 with early bird discounts till October.

The 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames in Wellington, New Zealand, will be a full-throttle week of sports competition, cultural events, spectacular shows, must-go parties, and a human rights conference programme with national and international speakers!

Join more than a thousand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people to participate in this unique event.

2011 will be an ideal time for those living overseas to visit New Zealand, and for offshore kiwis to make the trip home. And there's plenty of time for you to plan what part of the Outgames you'll be a part of!


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Xmas in July - Turtle Cove

The weather is perfect in July in Far North Queensland so Turtle Cove Beach Resort is throwing a Xmas in July weekend.

You can expect perfect warm sunny days as is traditional in Southern hemisphere Christmas celebrations.

Visit for all the details

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Gay Scuba Diving Group Goes DownUnder the Coral Sea

From Compete, the Gay Sports Magazine,we've learned of a diving trip - The Coral Sea Safari - to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

The DownUnder Divers hail from Washington, DC,  and their 7-day excursion will include dive sites along 450 miles of the Coral Sea, starting in Cairns 4-11 November.

Lesbian and gay divers can join the club tour by viewing their site, Lambda Divers.  For pre and post trip ideas, see Rainbow Tourism listings for gay owned and gay welcoming accommodations, tours, yacht charters, and club venues.
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Monday, June 07, 2010

EXCAVATION - An Exhibition of Geometric and Figurative Stratigraphy

Visiting Wellington in late June/early July then check out ESCAVATION at Toi Poneke Gallery.

Opening Night: Thursday 24th June, 5.30pm
Season: 25 June – 16 July
Opening Hours: 9am-8pm Weekdays, 10am-4pm Weekends
Toi Poneke Gallery, 61 Abel Smith St
Admission: FREE

Artist David H Brown, working within the Geometric and Figurative painting traditions, launches his first solo exhibition, EXCAVATION.

David completed his Master of Arts with Honours in Anthropology at the University of Auckland and worked for six years as a professional Archaeologist throughout Europe before following his passion for painting and becoming a full time artist in 2006. 

In EXCAVATION, static geometric paintings are juxtaposed with expressive figurative works.

Brown’s paintings can not only be viewed within their separate traditions, but also as a single body of work, where the viewer is invited by the emotional pull of the paintings, to consider the convergence of his visual language

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Saltwater Villas Special - Sunshine Coast

June & July Hot Winter Special on the Sunshine Coast.

Book 3 nights or more and receive an extra night free.

One Bedroom From $99 per night.

For Bookings Call 0409 088 073 and mention Hot Winter Specials.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Queenstown Winter Festival ranks in Top 10 festivals

Queenstown’s Winter Festival has been ranked as one of the world’s Top 10 must-see festivals by a major Australian website.

Yahoo!7 Travel, which provides news, online travel guides, booking and reservation services, has rated the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival as the fourth best festival in the world.

The festival ranks higher than the likes of New Orleans’ Jazz Festival, Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls, Oktoberfest, and the Sydney and Melbourne festivals.

Festival Director Simon Green is rapt with the result and says it’s a testament to everyone who’s worked on the festival since it began in 1975.

“The festival originally started because some locals thought the start of winter was a great excuse for a party so they organised some mountain races, a couple of concerts and a ball. Everyone thought it was such a great idea that it just snowballed and people started coming from all around the district.

“Over the years it’s evolved into the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party and now takes a whole year to plan!

“Some things never change though - the best thing about our festival is that it still’s still true to its roots. It’s run by the people for the people and is all about celebrating who we are, what we are and where we are. For locals it’s a great chance to get together and celebrate winter living and for visitors it’s a great time to come because town is absolutely buzzing, the ski fields are open and there’s a real party atmosphere.

“Each year we ensure there are plenty of accessible and free events to keep the community involved and this year about 75 percent of our events are free.”

For the full list of Yahoo!7 Travel’s Top 10 Festivals please visit

Winter Starts Here!! The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival programme is now available in hard copy and online. For more information visit the Festival website

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Arts Festival on Tropical Island A Great Winter Escape

The tiny but stunning French Territory of New Caledonia is host to the 4th Melanesian Arts Festival in September. Everyone is welcome to attend the free activities and performances by tribes from 4 nations.

From 12-24 September, Noumea and the surrounding villages will be a place to meet artists and craftsmen as well as see the native dances and ceremonies at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre (seen above).

The Packages

Festival Short Break 5 nights + Closing Ceremony ticket 24 Sep

  • 3 nights

    Le Meridien Noumea: Classic - garden view room

  • 2 nights
    Le Meridien Ile des Pins - deluxe room

Festival Week Escape 7 nights

+ Closing Ceremony ticket 24 Sep

  • 5 days Noumea and 2 days Ile des Pins at the Meridien 5-star hotels.

Ask for a quote for two people or singles. The rates and inclusions are custom - and bountiful - for Rainbow Tourism gay, lesbian and family travelers. We also can price a holiday outside of the festival and year round to this tropical destination in the South Pacific.

Did You Know
Did you know that Noumea is just a 2 hour flight from the east coast of Australia?
Did you know that New Caledonia has the second largest coral reef next in line after Australia and is the largest lagoon-surround island in the world?
Did you know that New Caledonia's tourism operators have joined the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (
Did you know you can have a bilingual tour guide if you don't speak French or English?
Did you know the local currency is XFP? The AUD buys a lot of Pacific Francs for an affordable holiday in paradise.

If You Go can handle your international flights. can handle domestic flights to the outer islands. can handle hotel bookings - from budget to luxury hotels can help you with more information about this pristine destination.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

El Bolson, Argentina---Mountain Magic!

Mirror Lake Reflections
By Roy Heale

One of the most memorable parts of any visit to Argentina's Lake District is driving around the countryside, enjoying the Andes' mountain and lake vistas, plus visiting the small townships. Although San Carlos de Bariloche is the heart of this region, within a few hours journey there are many smaller and distinctive communities with their own unique characteristics. Any time spent traveling around this domain is rewarded with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, crystal clear blue lakes, and villages with a definite Alpine flair.

During my recent visit to this area I was fortunate enough to have local gay travel expert Cristian Signorelli, of Bariloche Gay Travel, guiding me around the Lake District. One of our leisurely day trips was a journey south into Patagonia to the small town of El Bolson where the specialties are local crafts, home-brewed beers, and the most amazing fresh fruit juice cocktails. It's a short two-hour drive from Bariloche and the mountain roads weave through the immense “mirror reflection” Lakes Guttierrez, Mascardi, and Guillelmo alongside numerous meandering mountain streams and rivulets. With such breathtaking vistas the journey seems much shorter than the actual time lapsed.

Upon arrival in the town of El Bolson the Alpine-styled architecture and historical buildings are immediately apparent. In the heart of the town is the Plaza Pagano. It's a beautiful park with grassy banks and a large central pond surrounded by the local artisans' stalls of the world famous El Bolson Regional Fair. This open-air market brings together artisans, a farmer's market---which includes freshly picked wild fruits---musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, and all kinds of talented artists, plus a street band. This fair is a cultural gathering and an historical part of El Bolson, dating back to the early '70s. Today it retains the style and aura of that decade. It is a world-renowned artisan market and provides approximately four hundred year-round jobs, increasing to six hundred during the tourist season. Visitors journey from all over Argentina and around the world for this traditional Latin experience.

After strolling the pathways of this Fair, numerous outdoor caf├ęs and restaurants are ready and waiting to give you a real taste of El Bolson local cuisine. A variety of cheese boards with smoked salmon, trout, venison, hare, wild boar, and locally made pickles can be found on the gourmet menus. Plus local dishes such as homemade pasta with cream sauce and morels---wild mushrooms---or rolls of Patagonian lamb, a trout Roquefort, vegetable strudel, a delicious plate of endive gratin, or Sorrento stuffed with smoked trout smothered in walnut cream sauce, will tempt any discriminating palate. And of course some wonderful Argentine Malbec wines must be sampled or one of the ten varieties of locally brewed beers will refresh you on a hot summer day. The gentle pace of life in this small community becomes instantly infectious.

If you prefer an extended visit to this magical mountain community then Bariloche Gay Travel can assist you with bookings at gay-friendly hotels. They have carefully selected charming Alpine-style accommodations where a warm welcome is extended to all LGBT travelers.

Before heading back to Bariloche a short drive up the mountain dirt roads will reward you with spectacular views of the River Quemquemtreu valley and mountains. Along this short journey many colorful wild flowers and bushes flourish and you will observe the locals fruit-picking to create those wonderful fresh juice drinks back at the fairgrounds.

A day trip to El Bolson is more than just a tour around Argentina's Lake District---rather it is an Argentine cultural experience with a journey back in time to a relaxed and gentle pace of life.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Grace Hotel Sydney Wins

The Grace Hotel Sydney was awarded the prestigious Superior Hotel Accommodation of the Year at the 13th annual Australian Hotels Association (NSW) Accommodation Awards for Excellence celebrating the State’s best 3, 4 and 5 star hotels during the recent 2010 glittering Gala Award Ceremony in Sydney.

Mr Philip Pratley, General Manager of The Grace Hotel Sydney said 'We are incredibly proud of our achievements; this award reinforces and demonstrates The Grace Hotel Sydney has been able to maintain a high level of consistency which has been recognized by our guests and peers. The continuous improvement program in services and facilities in association with our recently
completed room's refurbishment program has been acknowledged. We will soon be providing further improvements to facilities and services with the renovation of guests’ rooms, restaurants, due for completion by the third quarter of 2010 which will further enhance our guests' experience”.

The Australian Hotels Association (NSW) Accommodation Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious hospitality awards, honouring the achievement of excellence in a wide range of categories throughout the accommodation sector. “The competition for 2010 has certainly set an impressive benchmark” Mr Richard Munro AHA (NSW) Accommodation Division Chairman said.

“These awards recognise excellence in accommodation services in NSW,” the Honourable Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay said and congratulated all the 34 winners of the Australian Hotels
Association (AHA)NSW Accommodation Awards for Excellence.

So why not check into The Grace Hotel next time you visit Sydney

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Turtle Cove - Queen's Birthday Weekend Specials

Queen's Birthday special rates from $60 per person double, $100 single including tropical breakfast.

Valid new bookings from 7 May for stays 12-14 June.

Visit Turtle Cove for the Queens Birthday long weekend

Pick up a Red Spot Rental Car in Cairns and drive on up to the resort for a great weekend relaxing and exploring Tropical North Queensland.

Saturday 12 June
  • arrive and relax
  • 4pm 'outloud' choir performing the queens anthem
  • 7pm - Feast fit for a Queen - $40
Sunday 13 June
  • 4pm - Queens honours spinning wheel & raffle tickets hosted by QAHC
  • 5pm Queen for a moment - so you think you can drag ! cum dressed as your best and be ready to perform a (quick) number.
  • Prize* $100 voucher towards room, food and drinks at Turtle Cove.
  • 7pm A la carte dinner
  • 9pm until late - DJ Queens Ball(s) and dancing Queens

Monday 14 June
  • Relax & recover

Book direct, call Sharon on +61-7-4059-1800 (Tell them you found them on Rainbow Tourism) or contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge for assistance.

Don't forget your rental car from Red Spot Rental Cars.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Gearing up to be a great winter in Melbourne

Melbourne will have a lot to sing and dance about this winter, aggressively marketing the city as Australia’s cultural hotspot and backing it up with a new line of events, including two of the country’s largest exhibitions.

The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series includes an exclusive showing ofEuropean Masters: Stadel Muesum 19-20th Century at the National Gallery of Victoria, which will feature more than 100 works from 70 of the world’s most influential artists including Monet, Renoir, Degas, Picasso – to name a few.

For a different type of exhibition, the city will also be home to Tim Burton: The Exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image from June 24. The exhibition comes direct from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where it was one of the three biggest draw cards in the museum’s history.

The Tim Burton Exhibition will feature 700 examples of rare photographs, paintings, drawings, storyboards and costumes from the visionary writer and director of movies including Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice.

New theatre productions are also set to hit the stage in Melbourne, kicking off with London’s popular Mary Poppins musical, Fame – The Musical, West Side Story and Hairspray.

Need a place to stay in Melbourne? Plenty of choices with gay-welcoming accommodations and clubs for after dark. Besides the cultural attractions, there's plenty to do and see in Melbourne and rural Victoria.

Need a driver to pick you up at the airport, take you to your hotel and then to the museums or gay clubs? Affinity Limo is your Rainbow Tourism Accredited choice.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Be Hawaiian - Aloha LGBT

One of the exciting parts of tourism is discovering new places, making friends and connecting and reconnecting with people around the world.

This is why when I discovered Aloha LGBT it was wonderful to something old but something new.

Aloha LGBT offers you a unique opportunity to feel totally comfortable in a hidden Hawaii that no one else sees at any price.

  • Indigenous healers. 
  • Sacred spaces. 
  • Incredible psychic / spiritual power. 
  • You have never had Hawaii like this.

And today the following new site sister site was launched.

What does it mean to be Hawaiian?

Being Hawaiian is based in three ideas: aloha, ho'opono pono and huna. Aloha means love, ho'opono pono means to create the right path for self and others and huna means the hidden. And so the tenets of always being Hawaiian as you go through your life would be:

Live with love, kindess and generosity in your heart and have the compassion to do something for others not as fortunate.

Take complete responsibility for your actions and never pretend not to understand the true consequences of those actions for all people involved.

Always remember that for you, all of those around you, and the for the planet itself that there is much more going on than meets the eye and that it is always best to find the source.


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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Crawfords - New Classic Accommodation in Arrowtown

It’s impossible to find a single tree in early 1860s renderings and photographs of Arrowtown, so the transformation since first settlement has been nothing less than extraordinary.

Some of the first seedlings were lovingly planted by one Constable William Brown, who was stationed at the Arrowtown police camp in the 1870s. At that time the police encampment on Camp Lane and Buckingham Street occcupied some 10 acres and included a drill hall, court house (built in 1895), the constable’s house and station.

When the forward thinking green-fingered police officer moved on after 12 years of horticulture effort, he left a legacy which the ‘Otago Witness’ described as ‘a vertitable botanical gardens laid out with exquisite taste, and kept in the most exemplary order’, and one which tourists recognise today.

As outbuildings rose and fell, a new police residence and office was erected in 1900. In time a garage was erected adjacent to the main house in a space which was variously used as police barracks and a horse stable. This outbuilding was later reincarnated as B&B accommodation – known as OLD NICK, and eventually a day spa.

Today the constable’s house, stables and the adjacent 1867 goal, are the only buildings left on the original site.

Attracted by the history, natural beauty and unique qualities of Arrowtown, the historic category 3 residence was purchased in early 2010 by Australians, Henry and Nina Crawford, who have renovated the accommodation wing of OLD NICK and rebranded the business as Crawfords.

Crawford, who is known for his sense of style and attention to detail is no stranger to high-end hospitality. In 1987 the Emmy award winning Australian TV producer landed on a remote beach in Fiji and set about creating what was to become an iconic resort which regularly found itself in ‘World’s Best’ lists.

‘Vatulele’, this product of his fertile imagination, was ultimately named ‘Hotel Luxury Hotel of the Year in 2000. Henry served as an International Board Member of SLH for 5 years, representing members with a geographic spread from Hawaii to Japan and India.

After 20 years playing in the tropics, Henry, and his wife, Nina, have opted for a quieter lifestyle and the cooler Southern NZ climate.

Says Henry, “we have always been attracted to the Queenstown area and spent three years looking for the right property to transform into something more intimate than our Fiji venture, which we sold in 2007. This area gives us a great opportunity to create an interesting new accommodation product in Arrowtown/Queenstown”.

“We believe Arrowtown has tremendous growth potential with its great restaurants, history museum, three 18 hole golf courses, wonderful walking tracks (which I use daily) and close proximity to the two major local ski fields, “ said Henry. “We believe we are extending and supplementing the town’s current room inventory with a more ‘designer’, but comfortable option.”

And, adds Henry, “we think that Constable Brown would be justifiably proud if he could see the the outcome of his planting – especially the two magnificent listed trees we have on the site. They are just fantastic specimens, and testament to Arrowtown’s tough tree protection policy”.

Crawfords is located on Buckingham Street. The homestead, OLD NICK, is set well back from the road in spacious gardens, with wonderful mountain views, yet is conveniently located only a couple of minutes walk away from the town centre with its charming cafes and restaurants and olde worlde shops.

Between developing this new hospitality experience with Nina, Henry publishes an electronic newsletter devoted to the world’s best luxury lodges (


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sporty Types Headed to Byron

Byron Bay's beautiful triathlon course and gorgeous May weather will be good for the athletes and for their support crew and fans. The 1500 metre ocean swim can be viewed from the Byron Bay Surf Club. Easy for us, the spectators! Check it out on 8 May.

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International Jazz Festival is 8 days in Melbourne

The universal language of jazz has flourished over more than one hundred years, shifting into a diverse spectrum of new styles and sounds. The spirit of improvisation jazz has emerged as a common chord that binds diverse communities around the world. As we move further into a new century marked by developments in technology and innovation, the common chord that defines this age of jazz creativity will be explored over the eight days of the 2010 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

During the first week of May, the iconic spaces of Melbourne will be transformed as its streets, concert halls, clubs, bars and galleries play host to the world's leading modern masters of jazz. A rich multi-layered program of music events will be presented in the city centre, also incorporating film, visual art, public art installations and forums.

For absolutely all lovers of music, this is a time to be entertained, to discover, to be inspired and most importantly to participate. Enjoy free concerts and late night jam sessions with some of the coolest jazz musicians around.

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Urban Walkabouts: Sydney's Hip Neighborhoods, Hotels, Cafes & Nooks

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In the old days of gay ghettos, we had sneaky hide-outs for safety reasons. Today, for example, Sydney sneakiest hideouts are off-the-beaten track for hip reasons. Find them, and you don't want to tell but your closest friends.

This day, we went walking around Sydney's trendy neighborhoods - Surry Hills, Paddington, and Woollahra - in search of Cafe Nookie for cheap fuel, Sticky Bar off a Crown Street laneway for drinks, and the perfect place for a grass picnic with good grafiti walls at the $10 million restored Paddington Reservoir Gardens. All worth the effort on a autumn-like day.

Fellow explorer and ex-pat, Edmund.

We also canvassed some of the boutique hotels on the route, like Sullivan's Arts Hotel in Paddington and Medina Executive Apartments on Crown St.

PS We needed a Thai foot massage after clicking 10 kms over 3 hours, but we could skip the gym that day.
For more ideas, pick up copies of Sydney Guide Maps for Urban Walkabout Surry Hills & Darlinghurst, Potts Point & King Cross, Paddington & Woollahra, and the Sydney CBD shop-eat-play map.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

One week walkabout in Tasmania

The island state of Tasmania is a place of wild beauty. There are dense rainforests, dramatic mountain peaks, alpine lakes and meadows, wild rivers, rugged coastline, and scenic farmland.

Historic convict-built buildings are common in Tasmania, while the wildlife is often easier to spot than elsewhere particularly in the evening, when the marsupials come out to play.

Tasmanians are friendly and welcoming, and the state has a reputation for producing some of Australia’s finest food.

You can cover quite a lot of territory in a week, but it calls out for a longer stay too.

Day 1
Tasmania’s state capital is Hobart. It’s a cosy, attractive town set on the Derwent River estuary.

Head first to Salamanca Place, Hobart’s cultural hub. Here you’ll find historic sandstone buildings featuring a range of art and craft stores, galleries, cafes and bars.

Each Saturday, Salamanca Place hosts the bustling weekly market, where stallholders sell fresh, locally grown produce, and handmade crafts.

From here it’s a short stroll to Battery Point, an area of pretty colonial cottages and more imposing historic buildings. Stop in at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and learn about early explorers, the local whaling history, shipwrecks, and Aboriginal bark canoes.

After a wander around the calm, yacht-filled waterfront and the compact town centre, make your way to Mount Wellington, which stands on Hobart’s doorstep. On a clear day you can see one third of the island from its summit.

Day 2
From Hobart travel inland to Mount Field National Park for a short walk through a temperate rainforest to the scenic Russell Falls. Look out for beautiful tree ferns and towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on Earth.

Head slowly across country to the picturesque fishing village of Strahan, on the island’s far west coast. Along the way is the mining town of Queenstown, which is surrounded by colourful, moon-like hills.

In Strahan hop aboard a steam train and take a ride back to Queenstown on the West Coast Wilderness Railway. This spectacular 35-kilometre (22 mile) rail journey takes in massive hand-hewed rock cuttings, ancient rainforests, and plunging gorges. A coach returns you to Strahan.

Day 3
You can get an idea of the size and beauty of the World Heritage-listed wilderness around here by flying over it in a seaplane. You can immerse yourself in the beauty and peacefulness of the pristine Gordon River by exploring by kayak. You can take a boat cruise into the wilderness too.

Day 4
Next stop is Cradle Mountain, where you could stay the night in a first class lodge. This spectacular area consists of button grass plains, alpine forests and dozens of lakes. Take a stroll around Dove Lake, formed by glaciation in this region over 10,000 years ago.

In the evening, go on a guided wildlife tour to see nocturnal animals, including Tasmanian devils, wombats, wallabies, and marsupial ‘cats’ called quolls.

Day 5
You won’t be in a hurry to leave the natural world of beautiful of Cradle Mountain, and if you had around six more days to spare you could hike Australia’s best-known walking trail, the Overland Track.

Still, you can trek to the summit of Cradle Mountain, and get close to Tasmanian Devils. This sanctuary is working hard to help conserve this iconic meat-eating marsupial through a breeding program.

Day 6
Start early today and drive to the other side of the island. Pass through the historic city of Launceston, and head towards Freycinet National Park. This stunning area features craggy pink peaks, coastal dunes, heathland and chalk-white beaches.

In the afternoon you could take a dolphin cruise, enjoy local delicacies at an oyster farm, or paddle a sea kayak along the sheltered coastline.

Day 7
Start off with a short uphill walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout for breathtaking views. You can continue hiking for hours if you wish, along beaches and past shell middens – seashell refuse heaps. These grew up over thousands of years ago, thanks to the local Aborigines.

A pleasant drive along the east coast eventually brings you back to Hobart, just in time for a seafood meal overlooking the harbour.

Courtesy Tourism Australia

More Information:
Tourism Australia Media Centre - One week walkabout in Tasmania
Rainbow Tourism - Hobart
Rainbow Tourism - Tasmania overview

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Afternoon Delight in Sydney

During NSW Seniors Week, ACON and Queerscreen are presenting two films about older lesbians (Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement) and an iconic gay man (An Englishman in New York).

The afternoon delight includes a movie matinee and tea party (served by charming matinee guydolls) at the Chauvel Cinema Paddington Town Hall on 27 March from noon.

All this for free or gold coin donation. Contact ACON and see you at the cinema!

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