Just a short one-hour drive from Melbourne, the town of Daylesford is the perfect rural mini-retreat — a unique destination blessed with great restaurants and cafes, a range of accommodation options, and the Hepburn Springs spa complex.
As well as being an attractive place to visit for LGBTQ travellers, many have made it their permanent home — according to some estimates, around 20 percent of Daylesford’s population identify as LGBTQ.
The ChillOut Festival was first held in Daylesford in 1997. It’s now grown to be one of Australia’s biggest queer events.
Today is the first day of ChillOut Festival 2019, and events will run until Monday 11 March.
It’s a busy few days of fun, but here’s some of the events that you might want to add to your itinerary.
The Palais Hepburn is the venue for the cocktail party launch event that kicks the whole thing off.
The World Famous Beagle Tent
Giving the tradition of the Spiegeltent a queer twist, the Beagle Tent will be showcasing 13 different circus and theatre shows.
One of Australia’s favourite singers, Wendy Stapleton has a new show featuring all her favourite songs from the great female artists of the Swinging Sixties.
Moulin Rouge Cocktail Party
Hosted at the Bellinzona Resort, this is the time to break out that can-can dress.
Flanny is Australian slang for a flannel work-shirt. This is all about celebrating the best of country Australia.
Her Majesty’s Secret Circus
Family-friendly comic espionage.
Shake Your Tail Feather Disco
Held at the Daylesford Town Hall – it’s time to let loose!
ChillOut Roller Derby Premiership
The Ballarat Roller Derby League bring their skates to Daylesford.
Peacock Pool Party
Soak up some rays.
The town of Daylesford shuts down as ChillOut takes to the streets.
Thick N Juicy
Turn up some bass for a proper gay club night.