The annual migration (or mi-gay-tion) north to Noosa after the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is shaping up as the biggest yet this year, with a host of new events added to the annual celebration.
The Queensland Mardi Gras Recovery Week runs from March 1-7 in Noosa, one hour’s flight north of Sydney, with relaxation, adventure, socialising and quality entertainment, plus dynamic international show queen Trevor Ashley headlining as the star attraction at the Noosa Sheraton Ballroom.
Tourism Queensland also funded an extensive marketing campaign about the week in North America, Europe and the UK, ensuring post Mardi-Gras revellers will come from far and wide.
Mardi Gras Recovery Week organiser Rod Stringer said Tourism Queensland’s boost was bearing fruit, with bookings and interest in the program already strong.
“Noosa’s always been a Mardi Gras recovery hot spot and lays claim to being the most gay-friendly resort town in Australia,” Stringer said.
“Certainly the 2010 Recovery Week promises to be bigger, better and more exciting that ever. We’re advising everyone to book early as we’re experiencing a much bigger surge in interest as a result of this funding from Tourism Queensland.”
Recovery Week highlights include day trips to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, Australia Zoo and Lady Elliot Island, the Lavender Sunset Cruise for the ladies, dance raves, pool parties and Trevor Ashley’s show Hispanic Attack.
For the first time, Recovery Week has been expanded to include the Big Gay Day in Brisbane, a street party in Fortitude Valley that attracts up to 10,000 people. This year’s headline act will be former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland.
info: Visit www.biggayday.com.au and www.mardigrasrecoveryweek.com.au