Welcome to the July edition of Out in OZ, your monthly news from Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia and brought to you this month by Out Travel.
Mid-winter is now well and truly upon us and it’s the perfect time for a getaway off-the-beaten track in regional Australia, with holiday options ranging from luxury spa escapes down south to white-washed adventure on the ski-fields or tropical eco retreats up north.
Plan your mid-year refresher now at www.galta.com.au where you’ll find holiday inspiration from our many members offering friendly accommodation, great dining choices, unique tour experiences and more.
We’ve provided some starting points in this month’s newsletter to help you create your ideal winter escape, along with news updates and details on upcoming events not to be missed.
Read on for more and remember to follow us on Facebook for the latest travel news, deals and developments.
Arnhem Land eco retreat
Experience a remote, rustic eco-retreat in Australia’s far north on a holiday adventure like no other.
Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, in the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land, offers an exclusive tropical escape that is low-impact and high-relaxation. With up to only 12 visitors allowed at the retreat at any one time, peace is guaranteed and privacy is assured.
What better time than winter to cosy together, tour warm cellar doors and unwind in your own bubbling spa.
Set in the rolling green hills of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Balgownie Estate Resort & Spa is ideal for a weekend getaway, or longer if you want to visit all the wineries. Wrap up your visit to the Valley and choose from a great range of packages, from pampering to hot air ballooning.
In a global show of support for same-sex marriage, Google and Facebook have both taken steps to support equality through campaigns launched in recent weeks.
Google, the leading online search and internet product company, has launched the Legalise Love campaign, while Facebook, the world’s largest online social network, has introduced same-sex icons for status updates.
In the digital world there is always a thirst for ‘the next new thing’, Pinterest being the latest social media hit to find our screens.
Travel is an arena that is constantly seeking new angles to capture consumer attention, develop loyalty and convert interest to bookings and that latest ‘new thing’ in travel today is Hooroo, launched on 18 July by Qantas.
Themed ‘We are Family’ the 2012 Brisbane Pride Festival is back with a fresh feel, perfectly timed for a first day of spring launch date. From picnics and skating to movies and music, the Festival runs 1-30 September, with the Pride Parade set for 16 September.
GALTA in the news
Each month, GALTA circulates a dedicated media release on the latest topics in LGBT travel and tourism to national and international media.