From: Friday, Mar 10th, 2023
To: Monday, Mar 14th, 2022
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.
Daylesford is a charming town. The roads are wide and lined with trees; a grand post office, topped with a turret, stands at one end of the main street; a turn of the century pub with a wide balcony shading the footpath below, at the other. The town of 2500, at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, is one of the increasing number of regional towns and outer suburbs LGBTI Australians are calling home.
Across two weeks from the end of February through to March, the festival transforms the Central Highlands of Victoria into “Queer Country”. There’s a carnival, a champagne bar, even a parade through the town. There are plenty of cowboy hats and flannelette shirts. Unlike your average bush dance, however, in Daylesford the cowboys will be spinning one another around the dancefloor.
Here are our top recommendations on places to stay during the event.
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.
Recommended Apartments in Daylesford
A little bit of tranquility in the heart of Daylesford. offering 2 bedrooms, a living room with a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden.
Featuring a patio with garden views, and barbecue facilities the villa has a kitchen with a microwave, and a fridge, a living room with a seating area and a dining area and a flat-screen TV, 2 bedrooms, and 1 bathroom with a shower and a bath.
Albert Cottage is situated 500 m from The Convent Gallery and features 3 bedrooms, a living room a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a washing machine, 1 bathroom with a shower, a patio, garden, and free WiFi.
This lovely large holiday home features 9 bedrooms, living room with a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a washing machine, and 9 bathrooms with showers. free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden with barbecue facilities.
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.
Hotel Frangos 4 Star
Offering free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and 2 dining options, Hotel Frangos is located in heart of Daylesford.
Central Springs Hotel
Charming Rooms 4 Star
Located in a historic 18th-century building with air-conditioned accommodation and free Wi-Fi.
The Royal Hotel
Daylesford Royal Hotel is set in Daylesford with comfortable rooms and a great restaurant for breakfast.
Pendower House B&B
Just 2 minutes’ walk from centre ,guest lounges,open fire, barbecue facilities & a fully cooked breakfast
Why you may want a car in Melbourne
The Yarra Valley Victoria’s oldest wine region, dating back to 1838 and is less than an hour’s drive away, enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Or take a drive down Beach Road that starts from Brighton and goes all the way to the southern point of Mordialloc on the way stop off for a swim at one of the many secluded beaches or lunch in one of the small towns, this really is a amazing drive along the winding coast road