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Welcome to the Coffs Coast What is CoastOut?

CoastOut is the Coffs Coast’s premiere gay, lesbian and their friends festival. It is also the first beach festival in the country for the gay and lesbian community. Coffs Harbour is a perfect platform for this new & exciting festival. The clean, fresh beaches and majestic mountains surround the city where CoastOut will be held. There is something for everyone at CoastOut. Music, Art, Sports and a fantastic line up of Entertainment and social activities to allow a relaxing weekend for everyone. CoastOut is a Pavilion 3 Production (P3) initiative in collaboration with The Coffs Harbour City Council and Coffs Coast Tourism.

The City of Coffs Harbour is proud to be associated with CoastOut. The Coffs Coast celebrates a wide variety of festivals each year, and 2010 marks the first year for CoastOut, a festival that showcases our beautiful beaches and iconic harbour. These natural assets make it a great place for event participants, their friends and families to gather for this inaugural beach festival. Coffs Harbour has seen many changes over the years and while traditionally the town has been a half-way stop for families travelling north and south, we now welcome and enjoy a wonderfully diverse mix of tourists coming to the area. Infrastructure such as regular flights to Sydney and Brisbane and improving highway conditions all play a part in making Coffs Harbour a destination of choice. The initiative of CoastOut was presented to our council last year. We look at all proposals fairly and equally. It was decided that CoastOut not only met the criteria in place for new festivals but that it would also support the cultural, social and economic growth of the area. For those of you competing in the events, good luck – and for those of you who are spectators and supporting your friends and family, enjoy the

relaxed beach culture of the Coffs Coast and we look forward to seeing you again.

Keith Rhoades AFSM Mayor, City of Coffs Harbour

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More than just It may come as a surprise to many who rarely leave the city, but there’s more to Coffs Harbour than the Big Banana. Located just 550km north of Sydney, and boasting some of Australia’s most pristine beaches, lush forests and stunning weather, the Coffs Coast is fast becoming the go-to destination for city slickers looking for a warm getaway. Packed with a wide variety of attractions including beaches, water sports, adventure sports, indoor attractions, restaurants and cafés, the city (population 90,000) also has a huge choice of accommodation, from motels to glossy resorts and small, exclusive boutique retreats. The hillsides around the town are smothered with banana palms — yes, the city’s icon is still the Big Banana, one of the most photographed backdrops in the country. CoastOut represents the first gay and lesbian festival to be staged at Coffs Harbour — and organisers are going out of their way to make sure we feel welcome. Organiser and Coffs Harbour resident Todd Buttery — with the support of the the local council — wants gays and lesbians from around the country to visit the three-day festival (October 29-31) of sun, sand and swimming in a

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safe and inclusive environment. “I prepared for council the concept of CoastOut as the three-night, two-day beach festival as it is now — and the rest, as they say, is history,” Buttery said. “From what I can gather in my research, there hasn’t been a gay and lesbian surf contest or beach carnival like this before.”

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t a big banana Getting there AIR Coffs Harbour has the largest regional airport in NSW serviced by Qantas and Virgin Blue. Brindabella Airlines flies between Coffs Harbour and Birsbane.

DRIVING Sydney to Coffs Harbour is approximately a six hour drive. Brisbane to Coffs Harbour is approximately a five hour drive. Coming from the west? Travel via along Waterfall Way.

RAIL CountryLink runs two rail services daily from Sydney and Brisbane to Coffs Harbour.

COACH Grab services from all major cities on Greyhound Pioneer, McCafferty’s Express Coaches and Premier.

Getting around TAXIS Coffs Harbour 131 008 or (02) 6658 9999.

CAR HIRE Local car rental companies include Thrifty 136 139 and Avis 136 333.

MAPS Free maps of the Coffs Coast are available from Visitor Information Centres. Tourist maps can also be obtained from local libraries and newsagents. Many tourist publications also contain useful maps to help you get around.

THINGS TO DO Head for the pristine beaches, on the north side of town, and don’t forget your sunblock and hat. Check out the Jetty Strip and Harbour Marina, including a walk up to Muttonbird Island, or wander the shops on Harbour Drive or at Park Beach Plaza.

DON’T MISS The North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. Sealy Lookout at Bruxner Park. Diving at the magnificent South Solitary Islands. Whale watching just off the coast. The Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery and the Bunker Cartoon Gallery.

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CoastOut 2010 WHAT: Welcome Cocktail Party

WHERE:

Pacific Bay Resort

FRIDAY

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WHAT: CoastOut Fair Day and Picnic

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11am – 5pm

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WHERE:

6.30pm – 11pm

Park Beach Reserve

HOST:

INCLUDES: Live entertainment, fun

Bob Downe with a line-up of entertainment and lots of laughs.

INFO:

INFO:

The evening is a fundraiser for The Harbour Youth Service and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW.

activities, picnic and stalls.

Bring your rugs, chairs and relax the day away.

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CoastOut Tea Dance

WHERE:

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Park Beach Reserve

TIME:

6pm – 11pm

INFO:

Dance the night away by the beach and under the stars. A fine selection of live music, DJs Bob Downe, Tobin Saunders and Adam Love.

WHAT: CoastOut’s UNreal Beach Carnival

WHERE:

Jetty Beach (Harbour)

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1.2km ocean swim; 4km beach run; IronPerson; beach flags; relays; beach volleyball.

8am

Unreal Estate.

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R OCTOBE

WHERE: Park Beach

SPONSOR:

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CoastOut Surfing Competition

7.30am

WHAT:

SUNDAY

WHAT:

TIME: INFO: Grab your board and your buddies and come to Park Beach for CoastOut’s surf event. All are invited to participate and spectate.

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Diary of Events WHAT: Drag Out the Dolphins

WHERE:

Pet Porpoise Pool

TIME: 3pm

INFO: WHAT:

SUNDAY

Coffs Coast Bus Circuit

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TIME:

What would a gay and lesbian beach festival be without dolphins and a drag act? Join Australia’s newest baby dolphin and the Pet Porpoise Pool team along with a fine line-up of our own stars for an afternoon of fun, laughs and magic moments.

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9.30am-3pm

COST:

WHAT:

Free for CoastOut ticket-holders.

INFO:

Jump aboard the CoastOut bus from Pacific Bay Resort or Park Beach. It will take you into the majestic Coffs Coast hinterland along the beautiful Waterfall Way to Bellingen or to our satellite seaside village of Sawtell and to the world famous Big Banana. Buses will pick you up and drop you off at your leisure.

WHAT:

SUNDAY

Barefoot Bowls

WHERE: Park Beach Bowling Club

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CoastOut Beach Party

TIME: 5pm-late

WHERE: Coffs Harbour Surf Club, Park Beach.

INFO:

To wrap up a weekend of fun, sun and sand, dance the night away with your newfound friends with one of the Coffs Coast’s most spectacular views at the Coffs Harbour Surf Club. With special DJ Danni Crowe and CoastOut’s resident DJ Dirty Luck at the helm, it’s a night not to be missed.

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R OCTOBE

1pm-4pm

INFO: Play lawn bowls under the sun to some chilledout tuneds in a relaxed atmosphere while at the same time helping to raise money for ACON’s Coffs Harbour office.

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A party to welcome you

Feel the sand between your toes CoastOut is hosting Australia’s inaugural gay and lesbian surf carnival at the beautiful Jetty Beach in Coffs Harbour. A perfect place for the Ocean Swim, beach events, games and Iron Person. Plus, there’s also an under-18 category for the Ocean Swim, 4 km run, and Iron Person. Plus many more fun surprises as the morning unfolds. info: Visit the CoastOut website at www.coastout.com.au

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CoastOut’s UNreal Beach Carnival When: Saturday, October 30 Where: Jetty Beach Registration: 7.30am-8.30am 4km run: 8.30am 1.2km Ocean Swim: 9.15am Beach Sprints: 9.45am Ocean Relay: 10.15am Beach Flags: 10.45am Beach Sprint Relays: 11.30am Iron Person: Noon (600m swim, 600m board, 2km run)

Join your host Bob Downe at CoastOut’s night of nights. The evening will be a cocktail of laughs, music and fun with the Prince of Polyester at the helm. The evening includes a menu of vegetarian and meat selections, finger food, canapes and hot or cold dishes, all under the magical fully licensed Pacific Bay marquee to welcome you to the first night of CoastOut. Dress up or dress down... half cocktail, half beachwear is the dress code. A dinner jacket on board shorts will make the perfect outfit.

Live entertainment with DJ Dirty Luck and a few special surprises will make this a night to remember and a great way to kick off CoastOut — Australia’s first gay and lesbian beach festival. info: The evening is a fundraiser for The Harbour Youth Service located in Coffs Harbour and for the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW. Welcome Cocktail Party Where: Pacific Bay Resort When: Friday, October 29 Time: 6.30pm Details: www.coastout.com.au

CoastOut’s Fair Day

Wander around the fresh food and produce stalls with market stalls of lots of goodies and treats to take home. A plethora of stalls will offer fresh produce, fresh food, lots of knick-knacks and entertainment galore. Bring your picnic rugs, chairs, friends, family, loved ones, happy faces and dancing shoes (or bare feet). This is a day for everyone to enjoy. Keep an eye on the CoastOut website for news

and info on the Fair Day’s lineup that will have you dancing, laughing and entertained from start to finish. Interested in having a stall at Fair day? Go to our stallholder information section on the website. info: Visit the CoastOut website at www.coastout.com.au CoastOut Fair Day When: Saturday, October 30 Time: 11am – 5pm Where: Park Beach Reserve Includes: Live entertainment, fun activities, picnic and stalls. info: Bring your rugs, chairs and relax the day away.


Tour the surrounds If you’ve never been to Coffs Harbour before, the good people at CoastOut are on a mission to make sure you return. That’s why they’ve organised a bus tour of the region to show you some the sites outside the city centre. The Coffs Coast bus circuit will take in the stunning towns of Bellingen and Sawtell, as well as a trip over to the Big Banana (well, let’s face it, no trip to Coffs is complete without a visit to the most famous oversized piece of fruit in the country!).

And to make the trip more convenient, the bus circuit operates most of the day so you can jump on and jump off the bus as it suits you. Coffs Coast Bus Circuit Time: 9.30am-3pm Cost: Free for CoastOut ticket-holders.

Groove under the stars The CoastOut tea dance will be held under the magically lit trees at Park Beach Reserve. Featuring a smattering of great DJs, start off with the retro hits of Bob Downe, then move into grooves with DJs Tobin Saunders and Adam Love. The CoastOut tea dance follows on from what promises to be an amazing Fair Day. Plus, there are a few live music

surprises planned to give the event a different flavour from other tea dances around the country. CoastOut’s 2010 Tea Dance promises to be a magical way to finish off an amazing day of sun, sand and surf at this new event on the Australian gay and lesbian calendar. CoastOut Tea Dance Where: Park Beach Reserve Time: 6pm – 11pm info: Dance the night away by the beach. A fine selection of live music, DJs and surprises

Find trouble in paradise The CoastOut official after-party has been tagged Trouble in Paradise — but the trouble you can expect to find is the good variety. The 18-years and over event will be held at the Park Beach Hotel Motel on Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour where you can enjoy a whole night of carefree partying in the Coffs Harbour area. Trouble In Paradise will boast premium dance music and atmosphere and company that will surely convert you to a trouble maker.Check out “Trouble” on Facebook and MySpace www.troubleinparadise. com.au for tickets. Trouble is endorsed but not

organised by CoastOut, so refer any questions to the organiser of Trouble in Paradise. Trouble in Paradise When: Saturday, October 30 Time: Doors open10pm-late Where: Park Beach Hotel Motel, The Hoey Moey, Ocean Parade Coffs Harbour. info: www.troubleinparadise. com.au for tickets

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Dolphins and drag

Party in the sand Ever wanted to have a gay and lesbian dance party on the beach...in Australia? Well, look no further! The wrap-up party of CoastOut 2010 is the answer. Enjoy a dance while the waves crash around you at the CoastOut Beach Party. DJ Danni Crowe and DJ Dirty Luck will be spinning the decks right beside the ocean at the first gay beach party

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in the country. And the Coffs Harbour Surf Club is the perfect venue for such an occasion... great food, fully-licensed bar and spectacular location for CoastOut’s 2010 finale. CoastOut Beach Party When: Sunday October 31 Time: 5pm-late Where: Coffs Harbour Surf Club, Park Beach.

Ok, so it may not be the kind of company you’d usually find a drag queen sharing a stage with, but the dolphins at Coffs Harbour’s Pet Porpoise Pool are looking forward to slapping on a little make-up and getting into the act., As part of CoastOut 2010 the award-winning tourist attraction will present a drag show like no other — when dolpins and seals step up and steal the limelight from a collection of attention-loving drag artists. From 3pm on Sunday, October 31 — after the general public has

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been sent home for an evening meal — CoastOut visitors will take over the marine wonderland for an afternoon of magic, laughs and fun. You’ll get to meet Jet the boy dolphin who is the newest addition to the park’s adorable family of aquatic marvels and wildlife. Drag Out the Dolphins Where: Pet Porpoise Pool Address: Orlando St, Coffs Harbour Time: 3pm

Australia’s first ever queerfriendly surf event will be held on Sunday, October 31 as part of the inaugural CoastOut festival. The CoastOut surf comp is all set to go thanks to a highly professional team of organisers, commentators and accredited judges from Surfing NSW. We are putting together a fun yet professionally run surf competition, which will be held over one day of the festival. We will all be celebrating the winners at the Coffs Harbour Surf Club that evening at the CoastOut Beach Party. The event is mobile and will take advantage of the best surf conditions.

There are great prizes and amazing trophies up for grabs for the finalists. All competitors receive a CoastOut competition T-shirt. info: www.coastout.com.au for more information. CoastOut Surfing Competition When: Sunday October 31 Where: Park Beach Time: 8am


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A diamond in the sand

Feeling beachy green? Come off the beach or hop off the CoastOut Bus to enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the green at The Park Beach Bowling Club listening to the chilled out tunes of DJ Adam Love. Part of the proceeds of the afternoon go to ACON Coffs Harbour. A great way to get in the mood for the CoastOut Beach Party.

Barefoot Bowls

Where: Park Beach Bowling Club Time: 1pm-4pm info: www.coastout.com.au

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Melbourne’s supremely popular Dolly Diamond and Luke Gallagher will bring their hit show, The D&G Experience, to CoastOut 2010. Considered among Britain and Australia’s finest cabaret divas, Diamond and Gallagher say they are delighted to be bringing their popular cabaret show to the first ever CoastOut in October. The hilarious duo are proud to be a part of the inaugural event in 2010. In The D&G Experience, Dolly Diamond and Luke Gallagher share with audiences some tales from their lives as international jet-setting cabaret icons. Diamond and Gallagher’s meteoric rise has seen them become an international success story and a mega-brand to boot. And now they’re ready to sing about it.

The D&G Experience

When: Saturday October 30 Where: C.ex Coffs, Vernon St, Coffs Harbour Time: 8pm Bookings: C.ex Coffs on 02 66 523 888 info: This show is not included in the three-day CoastOut festival pass.


Thanks a bunch CoastOut would not be possible without the fantastic support from our sponsors, media partners, business partners and friends. Thank you to each and everyone who have made it all possible. Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism, Unreal Estate, Fusion Events, Zinc Clinic, Manhunt, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, GLISA AP, SSO Media, Q News, Avalon Media, DNA Magazine, The Coffs Coast Advocate, Hunter Designs, Summit Web Designs, New Mardi Gras, Lifesavers with Pride, The Pet Porpoise Pool, Sawtell Chamber of Commerce, Bellingen Chamber of Commerce, Precision Helicopters, The Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW, ACON, Tropical Fruits, The Candy Kitchen, Turtle Cove, The Coffs Harbour Surf Club, The Surf Club Restaurant & Bar, The C.ex Group, Bellbowrie Motors Coffs Harbour, Swankies Espresso Bar, YK2 Kitchenware, Park Beach Bowling Club, Nat Jandl, Vicki Laugs, Mark Trevorrow, Shane Pascoe, Daniel J Squires-Cater, Tania Doko, Nick Hardcastle, Tobin Saunders, PUBLISHER Scott Abrahams SALES & MARKETING MANAGER Scott McKeown

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Travers Ross, Danni Crowe, Adam Love, Sam Wardman, Tony Allison, Jeff Moss, Travis Mead, Ricki Moore, Anne Brown, Tony Pincombe, Savvi Galleri, MJ Accountants, Doug Pollard, Jim Culbertson, Laurence Stark, Scott Abrahams, Nick Bond, Scott McKeown, Troy Murphy, Nick Cook, Sean James Murphy, Anabelle, Bobby, Michelle, Dean Lotherington, Drew Jasper, Keigh Summers, Marcus B, Marissa, Mark and Joe, Mel and Mark, Nicole Manley, Pam T, Paul Nee, Peter Sagar, Raymond Mather, VFAS, Graeme, Mark, Mikey, Wazza, and Tboy Productions. Kristie & Jamie, words can’t express the gratitude ... CoastOut would not have happened with you x And to my dear Mum and Rob, thank you for being there unconditionally xx Todd Buttery Festival Director CoastOut

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Photography: Ecodigitography, TNM Images, Coffs Coast Image Library FEATURE CO-ORDINATOR Todd Buttery PHOTOS

Ann-Marie Calilhanna Morgan Carpenter

PRODUCTION DESIGN Troy Murphy

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CoastOut 2010 Festival Guide