This article details the history of the LGBT rights movement in Australia , from the colonial era to the present day. Whilst identifying as LGBT is not uncommon amongst Indigenous Australians today  there is no record of it being a phenomenon in pre-colonial Australian societies. Elkin and Ralph Piddington found evidence of polygamy  and other non-binary behaviours, but not of homosexuality as such. An exception is in the Tiwi Islands.
Australia has long had a gay beach subculture but they haven't always been safe spaces
Learning from the lives of gay and lesbian Australians
Instead here are some less obvious things to make your stay more memorable. For those looking for less mainstream and more creative party options outside the regular haunts, try Club Kooky , Lovecult or hot new queer kid on the block Dishy — all offer alternative Mardi Gras parties catering for the underground queer community. The entire north coast of NSW, affectionately known as the rainbow region, is well worth exploring by car. Take a drive around the foothills behind Byron Bay and head inland to Bangalow and on to Lismore — small towns like The Channon, Bangalow, Mullumbimby, and even Nimbin the marijuana capital of Australia are very queer-friendly and enchanting places. For those wanting to dig a bit deeper a local queer party collective aptly named the Tropical Fruits put on legendary gatherings about four times a year in various locations in the area. The gay scene in Melbourne is basically divided between the north side and south side of the city. Just under two hours north of Melbourne, the Swiss-Italian founded town of Daylesford often affectionately known as Gaylesford is an oasis of crystal-clear springs, beautiful lakes, massage and healing retreats, and a surprisingly cosmopolitan main street with Melbourne-quality coffee.
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After the s, Oxford Street garnered a reputation as Sydney's primary nightclub strip firstly gay nightclubs in the s followed by straight nightclubs in the s and subsequently saw a large increase in the number of crimes committed in the area. However, the lockout laws saw many nightclubs close and the crime rate drop as Sydney's nightlife hubs moved to Darling Harbour and Newtown. The lockout laws ended in with a focus on small bars and restaurants though some nightclubs have remained. The western section of Oxford Street, which runs through the suburb of Darlinghurst , is widely recognised as Sydney's main gay district and Oxford Street is closed to traffic once a year in early March for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Specifically, the area of Oxford Street between Hyde Park and Paddington Town Hall became known from the early s as 'The Golden Mile' because of the growing density of popular venues for the gay community.
We even found the gay community of Adelaide to be surprisingly enthusiastic and well organized — especially in the arts and culture scene — and while the closure of the cities only true gay club has left a hole in the local scene, there is still a lot to do … If you know where to look. Queer folk also seem to have been recently emboldened here by the passing of same-sex marriage bill after a vicious and unnecessary national debate and referendum and it was this air of optimism and inclusive vibes that we found positively affirming — tempting us to stay far longer than we had ever anticipated. Everything and nothing like you might expect, Gay Adelaide is bold, incredibly varied, exceptionally beautiful — and waiting for you! Adelaide is a very safe city, and gay travelers in Adelaide do not need to take any extra precautions regarding public displays of affection in this very tolerant and progressive city.