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ChillOut, Australia’s number one Queer Country Pride festival, is held in the gay capital of regional Victoria – Daylesford!
From humble beginnings, ChillOut has grown to become the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event in regional Australia, and the largest festival in Hepburn Shire. While events in the capital cities might be a lot bigger, ChillOut retains a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to let your hair down, and has found a special place in the hearts of gay men and lesbians across Australia – and the world
ChillOut began as an annual festival of the Springs Connection, a local gay and lesbian business group in Daylesford. The first festival was staged in 1997 and each year the festival has been hosted over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend in March.
ChillOut is a not-for-profit community-based organisation dedicated to celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer pride within the unique setting of regional Victoria. We’re about building community, celebrating diversity, and sharing our love for this beautiful part of Australia, while helping raise money every year for a dedicated worthy cause.
Gay Map of Daylesford
Daylesford, Victoria is the secret gay capital of Australia. This picturesque rural hamlet is just one hour drive from Melbourne airport and 90 minutes from the city. Daylesford has a large gay population and united group of shop owners and tourism operators. Together they produce the largest gay and lesbian festival in rural and regional Australia when the entire town turns into one big gay village. All of the businesses in the area have been gay-friendly for more than 20 years.
Video Of Daylesford ChillOut Festival
ChillOut Festival Daylesford Parade 2016 – Video Nadine Jade
Recommended Hotels in Daylesford
Daylesford is a charming village with great hotels and guest houses dotted across the centre. Chic Spas and charming villas are within a short drive from the centre. If you are visiting for one of the many gay events, stay close to the centre with our hotel recommendations.