FNQ MagazineThe crew from Australian gay magazine produced in Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, are visiting (and shooting) in Key West and they want to learn all they can from the gay tourist Mecca.

Think of ‘Gay Australia’ and just about every gay man on earth wants to visit Sydney for Mardi Gras. But there’s a thriving gay tropical city in Far North Queensland (a 3 hour flight north) that wants you to think of them too! Next month they are launching their magazine and US subscription services, and getting the low down on how Key West does gay so well!

The magazine called FNQ (after Far North Queensland or Far North Queers) is all things gay in what they call ‘pink paradise’ including the obligatory eye candy of course.

Editor Jay Horne, who will be in Key West to negotiate distribution points for the magazine and spruik all Cairns has to offer, says it was obvious for Key West to be on the itinerary.

“It goes without saying that Key West has the reputation of being one of the friendliest gay cultures in the US, and being from a tropical tourist destination like Cairns there is an a great deal we can learn from how its done in the Keys” he says.

“We want to be the Key West of Australia! Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region is friendly, inviting with lots of shirtless men.” he laughs.

“We are also proud to boast one of the seven natural wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef – on our coast – everyone has to go there at least once in their life… it’s amazing” Jay says.

But back to the US…. “I can’t wait to hit Duval Street and meet all the locals and chat to them about what makes Key West such a gay paradise.”

FNQ magazine had its first birthday last month and Jay says now is the perfect time to spread its wings.

“The magazine and its sister website (go2gaycairns.com) has in a year gathered a huge following in Australia. It’s been crazy to see such love for our little gay magazine from the top of Australia- now we are ready to share it with our American friends!”

The magazine is available for US subscribers for $7.50(US) per edition at www.fnqmagazine.com but will also be available in certain locations across the US.

The city of Cairns is located on the northeast coast of Australia in the state of Queensland about 2500km from Sydney which is a 3-hour flight. Situated on Trinity Bay the city is tucked between the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea and the mountain ranges of the Atherton Tableland to the west.

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef mixes the excitement of new discoveries with the enchantment of exotic experiences. It’s the only place where two World Heritage-listed areas are side-by-side, you can dive the depths of the Great Barrier Reef or soar above the world’s oldest tropical rainforest.

Cairns is the hub of Tropical North Queensland, which is 400,000sq km, equal to the combined size of California and Oregon. Cairns also has the closest access to the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest reef in the world, measuring 2,011km in length and 72 km across at its widest point, also making it the world’s largest World Heritage listed area.

The region is home to more than 160,000 people from all corners of the world and is renowned for its tourism attractions which draw travellers from around the globe

There is a vibrant, thriving gay and lesbian community in Cairns, many of whom have escaped the bigger cities in Australia to live in tropical paradise – The laid back, casual tropical lifestyle is evident everywhere you go – making it the perfect gay holiday destination.

Cairns offers visitors fabulous accommodation choices – everything from gay-friendly five-star resorts to boutique gay and lesbian owned and run establishments, backpacker accommodation or camping grounds – along with beautiful weather.

There is something in ‘Gay Cairns’ for every gay traveller to enjoy… from adrenaline-charged adventures like diving or snorkelling on the reef, white water rafting and bungee jumping or more gentle pursuits like enjoying gourmet restaurants, strolling along the popular gay beach or just sitting under a palm tree by the lagoon in the city watching paradise go by.

For more information on Cairns visit go2gaycairns.com