Australia is a popular destination for LGBTIQ+ travellers, with Sydney a big 'pink dollar' draw thanks largely to the city's annual, high-profile and spectacular Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Australians are generally open-minded, but you may experience some suspicion or hostility in more conservative neighbourhoods or regions.

Throughout the country, but particularly on the east coast, there are tour operators, travel agents and accommodation places that cater specifically for the rainbow community.

The age of consent varies by state for homosexual relationships and same-sex marriages are now recognised in Australia after the question was finally put to a national vote in November 2017.

Resources

Major cities have gay-community publications available from clubs, cafes, venues and newsagents. Lifestyle magazines include Star Observer, Lesbians on the Loose (LOTL) and DNA.

Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia (Galta; www.galta.com.au) General information on gay-friendly businesses, places to stay and nightlife.

Gay Stay Australia (www.gaystayaustralia.com) A useful resource for accommodation.

Same Same (www.samesame.com.au) News, events and lifestyle features.