This just might be the year to get your friends together for the big ChillOut event in Daylesford from 11-13 March.
Bollywood in the Bush” is the theme for Chill Out 2011 – 3 full, fun days of camping, activities, pride parade and fabulous musical entertainment – in front of the Victoria public holiday. (Labour Day is Monday 14 March).
From humble beginnings, ChillOut has grown to become the biggest and longest-running queer pride event in regional Australia, and the largest festival in the Daylesford-Hepburn Springs area. (AKA Spa Country Victoria). While events in the capital city (Midsumma in Melbourne) might be a lot bigger, ChillOut retains a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to let your hair down.
Since its inception a years ago, ChillOut has found a special place in the hearts of gay men and lesbians across Australia – and the world. Over time, the list of events and activities has grown, and still includes a golf tournament, horseback riding, biking, a short but sweet parade through main street, a carnival day, bush dance and a concluding ChillOut Dance Party. This event is not to be missed and a perfect way to end Sunday’s celebrations. Life’s too short not to get your groove on. So get out there and shake it! Be sure to book early – this is always a sell out.
There are plenty of Rainbow places to stay, from intimate B&Bs that offer late breakfasts to residential spas and small luxury hotels with views of Lake Daylesford and the surrounding green hills. And if you really want to get away from it all maybe a secluded self-contained cottage, beautiful vineyard retreat, a converted church or a quiet bush villa.
There are also beautifully positioned campgrounds near Victoria Park and Jubilee Lake but space is limited so please don’t leave your ‘where to stay’ decision too late. There is accommodation to meet every taste and every budget, but remember it is a long holiday weekend and places do tend to book out.
Online Tickets for ChillOut official events. Be one of the first 100 to buy the special Bollywood Festival Pass @ $79 and get your admission to the ChillOut Bush Dance, Carnival Day and Dance Party included. You’ll feel like a Bollywood star and you’ll save money.