NEXT BIG THING IN BRIS­BANE

Bris­bane’s gay hub, For­ti­tude Val­ley, is in the mid­dle of a fab­u­lous make-over!

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is de­scribed as a “new world city”. It’s a busi­ness hub for Aus­trala­sia, a step­ping-off point for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, and more and more Aus­tralians are choos­ing to make it their home: it recorded a two per­cent pop­u­la­tion growth rate be­tween 2016-17.

For­ti­tude Val­ley, the city’s LGBT vil­lage, is see­ing tow­er­ing, lux­u­ri­ous apart­ments like The Co­terie ris­ing up. But the vil­lage looks set to re­tain its dis­tinc­tive pink flavour.

The Val­ley, which in­cludes Wick­ham, James and Brunswick streets and the mul­ti­tude of re­claimed lane ways be­tween, is a bustling LGBT and mul­ti­cul­tural neigh­bour­hood with all the di­ver­sity of shops, cafés, restau­rants and bars that that im­plies.

Top of the list for the LGBT crowd is Big Gay Day, usu­ally the sec­ond weekend in March when then the block around the Wick­ham Ho­tel is closed off to traf­fic for a mas­sive out­door gay street party. 2018’s live acts in­cluded Al­fie Acuri, Sneaky Sound Sys­tem and Saman­tha Jade, plus DJs.

The Val­ley hosts three of Aus­tralia’s most iconic gay venues: the throb­bing Beat night­club, The Wick­ham with its laid back beer gar­den, and The Sports­man’s Bar, fa­mous for its rough-di­a­mond charm.

For sau­nas and sex-on­premises, op­tions in­clude The Den, Wet Spa and Sauna, and Club 29, which hosts reg­u­lar themed nights like Tradies Night, a swimwear fetish party, and boasts top DJs in a sex-and­party at­mos­phere.

For the higher arts, the Val­ley’s prox­im­ity to the Bris­bane Pow­er­house The­atre puts Val­ley dwellers a short cab ride from the city’s lead­ing the­atre venue. Events to pop in the cal­en­dar in 2019 in­clude Joel Dev­ereux’s Rum­ble Cabaret, The Bris­bane Com­edy Fes­ti­val and The Melt Fes­ti­val Of Queer Art.

The Val­ley’s prox­im­ity to beau­ti­ful parks like Roma make it a jog­ger’s par­adise and in the hot­ter months head to The Val­ley Pool. There are plenty of great gyms in the area in­clud­ing Good Life, Jetts Fit­ness, Snap Fit­ness, Bi­o­logic Lab and Sweat Gym.

The Val­ley. The Big Gay Day at The Wick­ham. An artist’s vi­sion of The Co­terie Apart­ments rooftop pool.

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