Australia is one of the most LGBTQIA+ friendly countries in the world. The country also hosts some of the best LGBT events. Though every city is different and not all are equally welcoming for the LGBT+ community.

The most LGBTQIA+ friendly cities in Australia.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth are among the most LGBTQIA+ friendly cities in Australia. Adelaide and Hobart are also welcoming to the community.


Sydney is one of Australia’s most gay-friendly cities in Australia. With an abundance of gay bars, clubs and restaurants, along with a large LGBTQIA+ community, it’s no wonder Sydney is known as one of the world’s top destinations for LGBT+ travelers.

The city plays host to Mardi Gras every year in March—a massive annual parade that takes over the streets with thousands upon thousands of participants from all walks of life. It’s one of Australia’s most famous events—and rightly so!

Next year in 2023, Sydney is hosting another massive event – Sydney WorldPride 2023  


Melbourne has a large and active LGBT community. It’s the most popular destination for same-sex weddings in Australia, with many gay clubs, bars, events and festivals. Melbourne also has the highest number of gay couples per capita in Australia.

The city’s vibrant nightlife scene is found along the St Kilda Road precinct on Sundays, where people gather to watch the annual Pride March (which starts at 10am) or just hang out with friends at one of its many bars or cafes.


Brisbane is a popular destination for gay and lesbian travelers. The city has a large, vibrant gay community, and there are many venues that cater to the LGBT community.

Brisbane’s annual Gay Pride Festival held in March is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in Australia.The city has numerous hotels that welcome same-sex couples, including some which have been awarded a 5-star rating from Gay Tourism Australia (such as Hilton Brisbane or Mercure Hotel).


Perth is one of the most gay-friendly cities in Australia. The city has a large number of gay bars and clubs. In fact, there are approximately 70 bars and clubs that cater to the LGBTQIA+ community in Perth alone!

If you’re visiting or living in Perth, then don’t forget to check out these places:

  • Ozone Bar & Club – This popular venue is located within Northbridge on William Street, right next door to Roast restaurant. It has two floors with different spaces and events on each floor so patrons can pick whatever they feel like at any given time.
  • The Court Hotel – Located close by on Murray Street and known as “Boutique 4 star Boutique Hotel” this place is perfect for those looking for something more relaxed than a club but still want some good drinks and friendly staff who will make sure everyone feels welcome!


Adelaide is the largest city in South Australia and home to the first-ever gay bar in Australia. In January, Adelaide hosts a Mardi Gras festival that attracts thousands of people from all over Australia and even tourists from abroad.

The city also has an active LGBT community, as evidenced by its thriving gay scene as well as a number of gay-friendly businesses such as hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.


  • Hobart is not only one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in Australia, but it’s also one of the most beautiful. This city offers a lot more than just warm weather and beachfront views—it has a thriving gay scene and plenty of things to do for those who are interested in both tourism and living there full-time.
  • There are many gay-friendly hotels, restaurants and bars in Hobart that you should check out if you decide to visit this southernmost city on Tasmania’s east coast. The majority are located near Salamanca Place, which is known as “Hobart’s Gay Village.”


So there you have it, the most LGBTQIA+ friendly cities in Australia! We hope this article has helped you find the perfect place for your next visit/ stay. If you want more information on travel destinations or anything else related to LGBTIQA+, check out our website and blog section.