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ictoria's capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Acclaimed for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events; including several of Australia’s best gay and lesbian community events. Melbourne is also home to some of Australia's best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture, built following the discovery of gold, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.

Melbourne and Victoria host some of Australia's most prestigious events throughout the year including the Australian Open Tennis Championships in January, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in March, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March and April and the Melbourne International Arts Festival in October. Towards the end of the year there is the Spring Racing Carnival culminating in the Melbourne Cup in November. Melbourne's gay community really cranks up for its city festivals with thousands joining in the over-the-top street parties, overflowing clubs, a pride march, and a carnival. Hotels get booked up in advance so it's best to make reservations weeks before. Home to Australia’s only full time gay radio broadcaster JOY 94.9, there’s no doubt that Melbourne is the gay capital of Australia. Melbourne plays host to gay festivals from January to November every year. Be sure to hit the Midsumma Festival in January which takes over the city and ends with a beach party on St. Kilda Beach. Check out the OUT Down Under Website for more information on Melbourne’s annual festivals. Melbourne boasts a diverse and rich gay scene that is bound to entertain and intrigue you, regardless of what your interest or bent is. Basically the city is divided into two gay centres, Northside (Abbotsford, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Northcote, and Brunswick) and Southside (Windsor, Prahran, South Yarra, Richmond, and South Melbourne) divided by the Yarra River. Check out our write up for both areas under ‘Play’….

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With the first OUT Down Under edition, for the Gold Coast, being such a great success; the team and I were so excited to work on this edition. We have thoroughly enjoyed putting OUT Down Under Melbourne together for the gay and lesbian community to use and love when they visit Melbourne. Melbourne, being one of my favourite Australian cities, has so much to offer and so many fun and exciting things to do. Once again I am proud to have found so many gay friendly businesses who have come forward to support us and our readers. And look forward to sending my own friends from the gay and lesbian community to Melbourne to visit them. All the long hours put in to create the second edition of OUT Down Under for our readers were well worth it. This has been another amazing journey and has taught the OUT Down Under team a lot of things we didn’t already know about Melbourne and I hope it does the same for all the readers. Melbourne boasts a diverse and rich gay scene that is bound to entertain and intrigue you as it did us. Enjoy the second edition of OUT Down Under and have a great time in Melbourne


Brittany Salyer Marketing and Distribution Manager


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a little longer.... elcome to some of the gay friendliest accommodation in Melbourne. Where ever you decide to stay while visiting Melbourne, whether it is in the bustling city precinct in a chic city hotel or our naturally beautiful outskirts in a romantic bed and breakfast, you will enjoy the accommodation that we have to offer.






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‘A Tranquil Oasis’ Escape to the country. Swim in the bay. Surf in the ocean. Where? Harmony Bed and Breakfast on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula Harmony Bed and Breakfast is a tranquil oasis set in 5 acres in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. Harmony is a traditional B&B with three ‘4 star’ rated ensuite rooms, beautiful breakfasts and afternoon teas. Imagine relaxing in an invigorating outdoor heated spa surrounded by five acres of bush garden. Try wandering through the garden and lingering on a huge day bed under a Balinese style hut while enjoying home baked afternoon tea. The perfect place for a romantic getaway, or to use as a base to enjoy all that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer - and it’s all on the doorstep when you stay at Harmony! Wineries, beaches, day spas, horse riding, restaurants, bush walks, national parks and golf courses. Only 75 minutes from Melbourne. Rates $220-$235 per room per night.

P. (03) 5988 6375 M. 0407 047 791 Web: Email:

45 Placadena Rd, Fingal, Vic 3939

Campaspe Country House is a unique property set in the stunning surrounds of Woodend, Victoria not far from the world renowned ‘Hanging Rock’. The Manor House has two beautiful lounges for you to relax and unwind in whilst sitting beside the open fireplace or enjoying a high tea overlooking the stunning historic Edna Walling gardens. We cater for all occasions from a weekend away to a conference retreat or a commitment ceremony. Our staff at Campaspe House look forward to welcoming you.

GOLDIES LANE WOODEND VIC 3442 03 5427 2273

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a little more.... Find your flavour in Victoria, where cups runneth over with fine restaurants, eclectic cuisines, country pubs, regional produce and wineries galore. Melbourne’s legendary for being home to many of Australia’s esteemed and prestigious restaurants, as well as being known for being a “Foodies” heaven with the city’s buffet of eating choices. With the highest standards of service, you will love eating at the Melbourne’s gay friendly restaurants, bars and cafes.



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A new destination can occasionally be a daunting experience, but with Melbourne offering so many gay friendly services this no longer needs to be the case. With maps of the Melbourne and surrounding areas, emergency contact lists, transport maps and health services, OUT Down Under provides you with everything you need to know whilst OUT and about. Check out the website for more info.

emergency contact list Emergency Contact List Police, Fire, Ambulance Non-Emergency Police State Emergency Service

000 131 444 132 500

Hospitals Alfred Hospital 03 9276 2000 St. Vincent’s Hospital 03 9288 2211 The Royal Melbourne Hospital 03 9342 7000 Medical Poisons Information 24 hour Family Drug Support Lifeline Kids Helpline Travellers’ Medical & Vaccination Centre

131 126 1300 368 186 131 144 1800 551 800 03 9602 5788


Rescue and Road Assistance Vehicle Towing 13 11 76 NRMA 24hr Road Assistance 13 11 22 Traffic hazards 13 11 70 and freeway conditions Live Saving Victoria 03 9534 8400 Taxi Service Taxi Cabs Melbourne Silver Top Taxi Services Cab Choice Melbourne

03 9091 9435 131 008 1300 889 033

Tourist Information Only Melbourne Melbourne Visitor Centre

1800 041 304 03 9658 9658

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With endless possibilities Melbourne will entertain you from sunrise to sunset. Indulge your inner shopaholic in the city’s endless luxury department stores, plush fashion houses and charming boutiques. Connect with your inner artist and experience some of the most outstanding productions, cinematography, visual arts and photography, unique interactive activities, pride festivals, marches and major music events. Get dressed up and hit the town, Melbourne is home to some of the most stylish and friendly gay bars in the country!


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