The Australian LGBT+ Experience

Want to get the most out of Melbourne2020? Check out the journey!

Our Melbourne2020 Experience is the best way to see the most of Melbourne and Australia during your IGLA journey. So strap in mate and check out our recommended itinerary for a fun few weeks down under!

The championships take place right in the middle of Melbourne's Midsumma Festival and Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. It is the perfect LGBTIQ+ summer down under and a great way to experience what Australia has to offer.

If you wanted to add a couple of LGBT+ events around your Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships, your summer down under might look something like this:

Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships

February 20 - 25, 2020

Check out the events calendar on during IGLA here. There will be a mix of aquatic competitions on offer and plenty of social events to keep you busy.

For a quick view, check out the indicative sports schedule overview below (subject to change):

Sydney

Mardi Gras Parade and Party

February 29, 2020

The world famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and Party is the culmination of a month long cultural festival. The Parade brings Sydney to a standstill and proudly displays LGBTIQ culture and communities to Sydney, Australia and the World. We are planning on getting an IGLA Float ready for Mardi Gras so will confirm ASAP - check out our news and updates via our newsletter and social media to get the latest updates.

Melbourne

Midsumma Carnival and Pride March

January 19, 2020 - Midsumma Carnival

A massive fun day in the gorgeous Alexandra gardens. Think a pinch of lip-syncing, drag dazzling, stellar acts, fine food, dog show and a pop-up bar. Relax in chalet zones, meet friends and family in the park under a tree with a bottle of wine and nibbles or hang out with the sporties in the sports precinct and follow it all up with a Tea Dance into the glorious Melbourne summer evening.

February 2, 2020 - Pride March

Victoria's annual queer march brings the community together in a celebration of Melbourne's diversity. Pride March highlights the diverse groups, personalities and fabulous organisations that make us proud. Gather in the Catani Gardens at the end of the March for post-pride festivities along the beautiful St Kilda foreshore.

Daylesford, Victoria

Chillout festival

March 5 - 9, 2020

After the sport, the culture, the wild nights in Sydney head back to country Victoria to recover and chillout before heading home. Daylesford is one of Victoria's most beautiful country towns. Relax in a town gone gay with Chillout carnival day, dance parties and leisure activities like the local day spa, wineries or restaurants.

Port Douglas, Queensland

Hot and Steamy

February 14 - 17, 2020

Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival in Queensland, Australia!

It’s not called QUEENS-land for nothing! February in Tropical North Queensland is hot, humid and steamy, hence the title of the festival. Located in picturesque Port Douglas, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, this is a delightful way to see Australia on your way to the competition.

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