Gay Melbourne: Cultural Capital City
Melbourne is Australias second largest city, after Sydney, and many refer to it as the cultural capital of Australia. The city boasts an European feel, complete with cozy cafes and bookshops, but the architecture and people here are a reflection of multiculturalism, perhaps more than anything else.
The gay scene is thriving and locals are both gay-tolerant and gay-friendly. Melbourne keeps a low profile as its considered one of Australias best-kept secrets; from ballet to leather and bear hotels to bbqs, anything's possible.
With gay friendly neighborhoods such as Fitzroy, St Kilda and Carlton, theres never a dull moment. Melbourne produces some of the best art, sports, entertainment, cuisine, fashion, and architecture in the world. Melburnians take pride in their city, even if it means defending the citys temperamental weather, sometimes going from brutal heat to rain in a matter of minutes.