Backpacking hotspots that will appeal to Aussie LGBTIQA+ travellers

Aussie LGBTIQA+ travellers know the welcoming vibes of Sydney and Melbourne, both of which were highly rated for their positivity towards the LGBTIQA+ as part of a survey of sexually liberal cities worldwide. Unfortunately, the same level of inclusivity isn’t guaranteed everywhere. However, a number of global destinations offer a fantastic mix of culture, history, and a welcoming atmosphere for LGBTIQA+ travellers. Whether it’s a buzzing nightlife, enriching cultural experiences, or a safe and inclusive place to lay your head, these destinations promise a positive experience for everyone.

Cologne, Germany

Oktoberfest Germany beer festival

Where to stay: Hostel Köln, known for its vibrant, inclusive atmosphere and central location.

What to see: The iconic Cologne Cathedral, and the LGBTIQA+ scene around Heumarkt and Rudolfplatz.

LGBTIQA+ events: Cologne Pride, a major event celebrating diversity with parades and parties.

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco Pride

Where to stay: Parker Guest House, an LGBTIQA+-friendly bed and breakfast.

What to see: The Castro District, Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz Island.

LGBTIQA+ events: The vibrant nightlife and the famous San Francisco Pride.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eurail train Canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where to stay: The Flying Pig Downtown, known for its friendly and inclusive environment.

What to see: The historic and lively Amsterdam Canal Ring, and the vibrant Reguliersdwarsstraat area.

LGBTIQA+ events: Amsterdam Pride, with its unique canal parade.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona bike

Where to stay: Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel, trendy and inclusive.

What to see: Architectural marvels of Gaudí and the ‘Gaixample’ district.

LGBTIQA+ events: Circuit Festival, one of Europe’s biggest LGBTIQA+ parties.

Cape Town, South Africa

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Where to stay: The Backpack, a socially responsible hostel.

What to see: Table Mountain, Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, and the De Waterkant area.

LGBTIQA+ events: Cape Town Pride, offering a mix of parties, cultural events, and a parade.

Each of these cities, from Cologne’s historical charm to Cape Town’s natural beauty, offers something unique for the LGBTIQA+ traveller. They stand as beacons of inclusivity and diversity, ensuring that your travel experiences are both safe and unforgettable.