Welcome to Out in OZ the official newsletter of Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia (GALTA)

April 2013 – OUT in OZ: Official GALTA Newsletter
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Welcome to Out in OZ the official newsletter of Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia (GALTA)

There has been a lot happening over the past few months including our attendance  at major  GLBT  events and fair days in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, the Sunshine Coast and Wellington (NZ).  We welcome the many new subscribers to our newsletter and hope that you will get to share with us the latest news and information on gay travel opportunities  in Australia and overseas.

For more details of GALTA members throughout Australia and New Zealand check out the website www.galta.com.au.   On that site you will be able to select what particular type of service you are looking for whether it be a travel agent, tour operator, gay welcoming accommodation providers or regional  tourist information services.

Each edition of Out in Oz will announce a fantastic travel or tour prize donated by a GALTA member.  Winners will be selected at random from our database .  This edition we are please to congratulate Tamara Weston from Queensland who has won a special accommodation package at the Rumba Beach Resort, Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. To check out this five star resort GALTA member go to www.rumbaresort.com.au.

Being social

Travel is by it's very nature a social experience. Keep that social experience alive on Facebook and join us for regular updates, news and occasional travel photos from our friends who want to make us jealous! Go on, share your favourite travel photo today. Visit www.facebook.com/GALTAOz

Fancy a gay cruise in October?

GALTA member travelOUT have scheduled a fantastic 7 night gay group cruise to the south Pacific in October. Departing from Brisbane and visiting Noumea and New Caledonia and returning to Brisbane. Full information visit www.travelout.com.au/cruise or call Geoffrey on  0411 377 773

Other cruises coming up include where you can book with a gay group include:
January 2014  Pied Piper Celebrity Solstice ex Auckland.
February  2014 Pacific Dawn ex Brisbane
June 2014 Pacific Jewel ex Brisbane
Information can be obtained from your GALTA travel agent
Out Travel

Get out and see unique destinations

GALTA member Out Travel from Sydney has launched a series of Fully Escorted Small Group tours which will be personally hosted by the founding director Reece Farmilo. With many years in the travel industry, it was a natural progression for Reece, especially with many gay clients looking to travel with likeminded guests and looking to explore unique destinations.
 With 5 trips to India over the past 2 years, Reece is starting off with a classic Tour through Rajasthan utilising the amazing Taj Palaces en route, for that touch of luxury. India is a land of variety and contrasts from stark deserts to tropical jungles and Himalayan peaks, from palaces temples redolent with the essence of the past to vibrant festivals and exquisite traditional cuisines. So much so, that it can be an overwhelming experience for the traveller. This tour takes in all the major 'must see' sites, along with experiencing some more off the beaten track locations, showing the cultural diversity, wealth and beauty of its people and landscapes.
In addition to India, tours to Jordan, Myanmar, Tibet, Egypt and Cuba are also scheduled for later in 2013 and early 2014.
 for more details contact 1800 688 872 or email reece@outandabouttravel.com.au'

Gay & Lesbian Resorts in Mexico

As things cool down in Australia, Matt Skallerud's offers a wrap up of things hotting up in Mexico, featuring LGBT travel updates as they relate to some of the finest in gay & lesbian resorts.
Asia Pacific Out Games

Games people play

3rd Asia Pacific Out Games Darwin 10-16 May 2014
A great time now to plan your trip and participation in outstanding event. You don’t have to be the world’s best athlete with competitions open to people of all degrees of skills.
OutGames bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) athletes from around the world in unprecedented numbers for a celebration of sport, culture and human rights. In the spirit of true inclusiveness, the OutGames are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation.Registration is now open. Visit http://www.darwinoutgames.com.au/ for more information.
Lake Pukaki

Off to NZ to get married?

Whilst Australian political parties dither and procrastinate about legalising gay marriage our New Zealand brothers and sisters are celebrating the historic win for equal rights in their beautiful country…the first Pacific nation to do so. GALTA has a number of new members in New Zealand and for a comprehensive listing of GLBT accommodations and tourist services visit  www.gaystay.co.nz

For a great story written by New Zealand GALTA representative Wally Cowin for his regular Where's Wally travel reviews for Qnews on Wellington go to

Hotel Grand Chancellor Special Offer

Only $125 per night for the first 2 nights in a standard room and the third night is complimentary at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Surfers Paradise
Late check-out of 12pm is also included at no extra cost
Add the following options and save:
-Seafood Buffet $49per person ( normally $59 per person)
-Full Buffet Breakfast $15pp (normally $23 per person)
-Upgrade to an Premium Ocean View Room for only $70 per night (normally $100 per night)
To book please call the hotel on 07 55793499 or email stay@hgcsurfersparadise.com.au to make your reservation.
Terms & Conditions: This is not a GALTA offer. Contact the hotel directly for all inquiries and bookings. No blackout dates and valid for stays during the month of May. Seafood buffet and breakfast discount price only available when making the reservation. Subject to availability.
Congratulations! Tamara Weston, Queensland

Upcoming Events

18 May
Alice Springs-  Alice Pride dance party 
Gapview Hotel
Contact Theresa 0401 198 214 for details

9 June
Brisbane – 2013 Queen's Birthday Ball
Cabaret theme at Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Visit http://brisbanepridefestival.com.au/queens-ball for details

25 & 26 October
Coast out
Coffs Harbour
Visit http://www.coastout.com.au/ for details

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