Globe-Hopping: Brand g Vacations Trip to Australia and Tasmania

Sydney Mardi Gras. Photo by Hasitha Tudugalle, via Wikimedia Commons.

Brand g Vacations announced a unique trip for LGBTQ travelers to Australia, Tasmania, and Sydney Mardi Gras, taking place Feb. 16–March 3, 2025.

Australia’s spectacular natural environment, multicultural communities, excellent food and wine, weather, and the friendliness and openness of its people make it one of the world’s most attractive destinations for LGBTQ travelers. Brand g Vacation’s tour combines the iconic sights of cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, but then journeys off the tourist trail to see the epic nature and scenery of southern Australia and Tasmania, finally concluding with one of the world’s greatest gay pride events, Sydney for Mardi Gras.

Highlights of the trip include discovering Melbourne's secret laneways and rooftops, beautiful gardens, art galleries, and dynamic food & wine scene. Viewing iconic koalas, dingoes, kangaroos, and a Tasmanian devil at the Moonlit Sanctuary wildlife conservation park. Among the events included are a day-long private Tasmanian seafood cruise, a tour of the Museum of Old and New Art, a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park, a visit to the High Sands Grenache vineyard, and a private boat cruise through the crystal-clear waters around Port Lincoln. After a sightseeing tour of Sydney, Celebrate Mardi Gras VIP style on the Diamond Platform with an exclusive private bar, gourmet food, and guest DJs.

As with most Brand g Vacations, nearly everything is included: airport transfers, hotel accommodations in Adelaide, South Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, at Saffire, the luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’s East Coast, internal flights to and from plus virtually all tours, most meals, alcoholic beverages with meals, and entrance to the Diamond Club – the raised viewing platform of Sydney Mardi Gras. For more information on the 2025 Brand g Australia and Tasmania adventure, go to brandgvacations.com.

KISSIMMEE MUCHO

The next time you’re up in Orlando, make it a point to spend some time in nearby Kissimmee. It boasts a lively LGBTQ scene with numerous attractions that offer an open and inclusive atmosphere. Notable highlights include White Rose Books & More, the only independent bookstore in Kissimmee, offering a cozy and welcoming environment. Culinary delights await at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, located at Disney Springs, where guests can savor the best of Southern hospitality and cuisine.

Kissimmee hosts a variety of LGBTQ events and attractions throughout the year, showcasing the city's commitment to celebrating diversity. One such event is PrideFest Kissimmee, which was just held at the Kissimmee Civic Center. This celebration embodies inclusivity, raising awareness of and honoring the significant contributions of the local LGBTQ community.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Mexico City’s Pride celebration takes place from June 26 to July 1. Andaz Mexico City Condesa is in the epicenter of all the action in Zona Rosa. The luxury lifestyle hotel is offering 20% off stays during Pride Month (discount applied at booking, no code required). The Hotel Volga, located just a block away from the parade route, offers a “Let’s Pride” package, inclusive of a two-night stay, welcome cocktails, in-room welcome amenities, in-room minibar, and a multi-course dinner for two with sparkling wine at the acclaimed Elora restaurant, all for $630.

WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO SPAIN, MOROCCO & CANARY ISLANDS

OutSFL is teaming up with Brand g Vacations to offer a chance to win a trip for two aboard a luxury yacht. The eight-day itinerary includes Malaga Spain, Tangier, Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech in Morocco, and the Canary Islands, including Gran Canary, all expenses included. The total trip value is $16,098. All you have to do is provide airfare to the point of departure and return. Stop by and see us at Pridefest.

Enter to win here.

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