Escape Winter With This Gay Guide to Brisbane Australia

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It’s an open secret in Australia, whenever an unexpected winter gloom hits the South Coast many enterprising travelers decide it’s time to pack their bags and head north for the winter. Because if there’s one thing that Brisbane can guarantee, it’s clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine, no matter the month.

For the migrating gay man, a new city provides ample opportunities to sample the local culture, cuisine and wildlife. After all what’s the point of warm winter weather, if you’re not going to get out and enjoy yourself. Thankfully Brisbane provides a suitable variety of clubs, hotels, spas and bars for you to get lost in, and we’ve compiled this extensive list; so you know just where to stay, where to go, and what to do on your trip.

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MacArthur Chambers Hotel
Hotels

The first thing you want to do when you get in will be to bed in for the night, since you probably won’t get a lot of opportunities to sleep afterwards. Right at the heart of the city and within walking distance of pretty much any attraction sits the MacArthur Chambers. This beautiful sandstone building offers spacious one and two bedroom apartments with marble and spa-like bathrooms. If you’re looking to work up a sweat there’s a sauna and fitness center on premises so you make sure you look your best before heading out.

If you’re looking for a room rather than whole living space then Metropolitan Motor Inn should serve you just as well. The Inn is situated just 5 minutes walk from the train station, with tonnes of restaurants and bars surrounding and the Treasury Casino is just a short drive away. You can expect to find your room elegantly furnished with a flat-screen TV, coffee bar and en-suite bathroom with the option of a balcony as well.

Nightlife
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The first stop on your night-time crawl through Brisbane gay bars needs to be the massive and historic Beat Megaclub. Operating for over 30 years now the venue features 6 unique themed bars, from 70’s style to a street design. You can expect live shows, cabaret and of course plenty of drinks and dancing.

If you’re in the mood for something a little more refined next, then try out The Sportsman Hotel, Brisbane’s first and only exclusively gay hotel. The Sportsman is the perfect place for a spot of dinner and drinks with local friends, and on weekends you’ll find things’ getting plenty raucous as the bar downstairs opens.

If you’re looking for something more light-hearted, the fun and frolic of Fluffy comes highly recommended. Open on Sundays only, the once a week event plays host to various dance groups and showgirls, with city renowned DJ’s Harry K and Karma bringing the sonic sensation to revelers.

For a laid-back pub atmosphere try out new and improved The Wickham, with a great dance floor, games room and outdoor oasis this place is great for if you’re looking for a relaxing night with great food, drink and music.

How about a little something different to end the night? WET Spa & Sauna, provides night-time dry saunas and steam rooms, with a lounge area, cafe and 24/7 internet access. There’s a lot of fun places to explore in this giant complex, and as you might expect in an atmosphere with few clothes and lots of alcohol. Anything goes!


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Eva Davies

Eva is a writer and marketer for Full Steam Australia. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and, of course, loves poetry, film, photography, and cinema.

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