Cairns as a Gay Destination

Located in Far North Queensland, Cairns has long been the favoured destinations of travellers wishing to experience a slice of tropical life while still enjoying the conveniences of modern living. The city features an artificial lagoon for a refreshing dip and an attractive promenade along the waterfront, which is great for a sunset stroll.

However the primary reason for visiting Cairns are the numerous fantastic day trips on offer around the region. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and boasts a dizzying array of marine life. Snorkelling and diving are the best ways to admire the psychedelic fish and multi-coloured coral. Also consider, driving north up to Cape Tribulation to admire the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Additionally, the inland town of Kuranda is the perfect spot to escape the tropical heat.


For gay and lesbian travellers, tropical Queensland has several dedicated gay hotel resorts that allow holiday-makers to socialise with other like-minded enthusiasts.

Turtle Cove Beach Resort, Cairns
Spectacularly-located on a private beach just north of Cairns, Turtle Cove is the ultimate destination in Queensland for an adult's only tropical paradise getaway. The resort boasts a Spa with an in-house masseuse that offers remedial massage to soothe fatigued muscles and a gym for a pre-swim workout. Breakfast is included for guests and there's a restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily. The Sand Bar is a great place to kick back with your favourite cocktail.

Pink Flamingo Resort, Port Douglas
Gay owned and operated, The Pink Flamingo Resort is an award-winning boutique resort in Port Douglas, an exclusive holiday town north of Cairns. On offer are ten private garden villas with individual courtyards and two garden studios. Pets are welcome to stay with their owners - the Flamingo has several villas deemed pet-friendly, where the dogs receive their own blankets and bowls. The resort facilities include a pool with its own bar, BBQ area, bicycle hire and a private massage service.

Read about other gay-friendly hotels around Australia.

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