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Blue Mountains (New South Wales) -- area code (61-438)
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Darwin (Northern Territory) -- area code (61-8)
Darwin, reputed to have more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the world, has a population approaching 150,000 (that's about 6,000 Utopians).
- Frangipani Holidays
Suite 15A Anthony Plaza Mall, 8942-3333, FAX 8942-3344, email. Frangipani Holidays is a gay-and-lesbian-friendly wholesale travel company which has been operating in Darwin for over eight years.
- Throb Nightclub (mixed)
Level 1, 64 Smith St, 8942-3435. Friendly venue popular with local gays and lesbians. Drag shows and dance beats.
MELBOURNE (Victoria) -- area code (61-3)
The population of Melbourne is nearing 4 million (that's about 160,000 Utopians).
- Melbourne Rainbow Grrls
5 Kurnai Ave, Reservoir, +61 42-588-7706, email.
Melbourne Rainbow Grrls was created as there are very few events for rainbow womyn that are not held at bars. It can be very hard to meet womyn and make lasting friendships in these venues and so, MRG was created to fill this void. However the group has grown and they do now include an occasional group outing to a bar. MRG is a meet-up group has a no bars policy on which type of same sex attracted woman attend events (be they bi, transgender, lesbian, etc.). They strive for an open, welcoming environment for discussions, speed dating, movie nights and more.
SYDNEY (New South Wales) -- area code (61-2)
The population of Sydney is over 4 million (that's more than 160,000 Utopians) and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is Australia's largest tourist attraction, swelling the rainbow ranks even further for weeks before and after this huge annual event.
Trendy Oxford Street in Darlinghurst (known affectionately as "Darlo") is full of lesbian-friendly clubs - especially Wed nights. Take a stroll down Oxford and shop the trendy boutiques, or sip a cuppa in a sidewalk café and check out the locals, known as "Sydneysiders".
Newtown is full of dyke-friendly venues. Pick up a copy of LOTL (Lesbians on the Loose) at just about any store in Newtown for info on what's hot at the moment.
The lesbian scene also gravitates to Enmore.
- Check out Sapphic Sydney for all the current dish on what's up with Sydney's lesbian community.
- Bank Hotel
342 King St, Newtown, 9557-1692. Wed is women's night.
Mars Lounge, 16 Wentworth St, Surry Hills. Women's Night on the first Fri of every month. 8pm-3am.
- Landsdowne Hotel (mixed)
2-6 City Rd (intersection at Broadway), 9211-2325. Best on Fri and Sat after 10pm. Lesbian theme parties on every "Spicy Friday".
- Leichhardt Hotel
126 Balmain Rd (at Short St), Leichhardt. Lesbian-managed pub with games, pool tables, beer garden, and a chance to meet some of the local Dykes on Bikes who kick back here.
- The Martini (mixed)
Pier One Parkroyal, 11 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, 8298-9999, email. Stylish modern bar with great location on the Walsh Bay wharves with harbour views. As the name suggests, martinis are the specialty here, in more than a dozen styles, as well as other scrumptious cocktails. Sit outdoors in the warm weather to take in the fresh air and cruising (on the water, of course).
Arq, 16 Flinders St, Taylor Square, Oxford St. One of Sydney's largest women's nights on the last Fri of every month.
- The Newtown Hotel
174 King St, Newtown, 9557-1329. Mixed lesbian and gay crowd in the heart of the Newtown gay scene. Upstairs lounge, pool table, DJ, dance beats, and drag shows.
Oxford St. Girl Thing women's night on the 3rd Sat of each month.
41 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. Lemons With a Twist is an after work drinks gathering for professional lesbians on the first Fri of every month.
- The Sly Fox
199 Enmore Rd, Enmore (5 minutes walk from Newtown). Dyke night on Wed, including drag king performances. A bit 'cliquey' - full of cool Newtown lesbians.
- Snatch & Grab
Phoenix, 34 Oxford St. An indie night every Thu that attracts women.
- Stonewall Hotel
175 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, 9360-1963, email. The main pub downstairs is friendly and features live shows. Head upstairs for dancing. Popular with both gays and lesbians.
171 Victoria St, Potts Point. Popular weekend lesbian hang-out bar.
- The Bookshop Darlinghurst
207 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, 9331-1103, email. For more than 20 years the Bookshop Darlinghurst has been Australia’s premiere source of GLBT books, magazines, calendars and DVDs. Located in the heart of Oxford Street. If you’ve ever wondered what literary lesbians, bookish bears and pop culture poofs have in common, pay them a visit/ Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
- Imperial Hotel
35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville, 9519-9899. A recent face lift and new lighting has only accentuated the dazzle at this famous Sydney drag bar, the location of club scenes in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Catch one of the all-pro shows in Priscilla's Bar, their cabaret. Five a night on weekends! Downstairs dance space. Open late. Attracts every kind of being around so it's also dished as being "like the cantina from Star Wars" (bitch!).
- The Cendana Spa
Grace Hotel, 77 York St, 9299-8948, email. Lesbian-friendly. The Cendana Spa is a luxurious Balinese-style spa located in the Sydney CBD. All of the masseurs and masseuses are qualified spa therapists with diplomas of massage or beauty therapy and provide professional services including massage, body scrubs, facials and other treatments based on the Asian traditional healing philosophy. Only the best natural ingredients are used to deliver satisfying results in beauty and relaxation.
All rooms have shower facilities and other amenities in a hygienic setting. Gay and lesbian-friendly. Utopia Member Discount
- Coogee women's pool (on the cliffs) is a popular lesbian oasis
- Aqua Luna Bar and Restaurant (Northern Italian)
Shop 18, 7 Macquarie St, East Circular Quay, 9251-0311, FAX 9251-0322, email. Stylish and trendy Aqua Luna has unsurpassed views of Sydney Harbour extending from Circular Quay to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Aqua Luna Bar is situated on the ground level and offers a casual ambiance. Outdoor seating on the promenade allows guests to soak up the waterside atmosphere while sampling the fine wine list. The bar has become renowned as one of Sydney's hottest places to be seen. Fine dining on the second floor.
1 Macquarie St, 9252-2555. Spectacular panoramic views of the Opera house, bridge and harbor to compliment Chef Matthew Moran's contemporary Australian cuisine.
- Banc (French)
53 Martin Place, 9233-5300. Located in an old bank building with vaulted ceilings and an elegant modern bar. Chef Liam Tomlin updates traditional French cuisine with contemporary Australian touches. Lunch served Mon to Fri, dinner Mon to Sat.
- Be Mine Bar and Restaurant (Cajun)
413 Bourke St, Surry Hills, 9360-4070, email. Authentic Cajun Creole restaurant where you can savour genuine New Orleans style cuisine in a gay and lesbian-friendly, fun loving, relaxed, and sophisticated atmosphere. "New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin." -- Mark Twain (1884) Utopia Member Discount
Gelato store/café on King St, where Newtown girls tend to hang out.
- Hoochie Mamma
Café on Missenden Rd. Straight clientele, but there are several cute lesbians on staff!"
- Pancake Kingdom
12B 7-13 Hunter St, Hunter Connection, 9238-0283, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly coffee shop serving up crepes and pancakes. Utopia Member Discount
73 Maclaey St, Kings Cross, 9358-1652. Lesbian-run restaurant offering an inventive and contemporary Australian menu.
107 George St, The Rocks, 9252-1888, email. Pricey, but quite simply impeccable. High quality Australian produce in food with an Asian influence. Chosen as one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.
- Sydney Opera House
9250-7250. There is a great package called "Starry Nights". Guests begin the evening with a 5pm guided tour of Sydney Opera House and can choose between a pre-theater dinner or a post-theater supper in either Guillaume at Bennelong or Aria restaurant (2 or 3 course option). A performance in the famous Opera Theatre, Concert Hall, Drama Theatre, Playhouse or The Studio will complete the 'Starry Nights' experience. All Starry Nights guests receive a Sydney Opera House gift.
529 Kent St, 9267-2900. Tetsuya Wakuda regularly appears on World Best 10 Chef lists. His fusion food restaurant is difficult to book, but worth the effort.
- Thai Panic
80 Oxford St, 9361-5577. Cheap and popular with young gays and lesbians.
Bright smiles on bikes at VietPride 2013, Hanoi (photo by Jiri Pasz).