Although Australia’s defacto Pride, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, takes place in February, Brisbane Pride holds it own with a month-long schedule of activities in June including a march/rally and ball the weekend of the 12th. The city also hosts the 11th Annual Brisbane Queer Film Festival April 9-18.
An added bonus, Qantas’ sale extends its reach to New Zealand (round-trip fares start at $798), with dates valid for Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week September 4-12, 2010. Drawing around 800 ski bunnies per year with a packed schedule of parties, dinners, and activties both on and off the slopes of the South Island’s stunning alps, it’s a friendly-fun affair and the southern hemisphere’s largest LGBT ski event. Book an 8-night package (skier or non) by June 1 and save 20% on cost of tickets and get a free cooked buffet breakfast every dayplus the best rooms. An entire wing has been reserved exclusively for guests, per your proclivity: party, thrill-seeker, early riser, lakeview, or champagne VIP service.
For Qantas flight options and booking info, as well as a selection of LGBT tourism links, click here, or call (800) 277-4341.