Pride WA supports many events run by groups in regional towns and cities across Western Australia each year. We encourage everyone to visit and join in the celebrations in their communities. These groups also provide a wonderful source of support for their local LGBTQI+ communities.
Albany is a beautiful costal town situated on the traditional lands of the Minang Minang Noongar and Wagyl Kaip people on the southern coast of Western Australia. Whilst being the commercial centre of the southern region, Albany maintains an old-timely small-town feel and has a vast offering for any tourist that passes through.
To do: Albany is surrounded by many natural beauties (including the gap, many beaches and lots of great vantage points), plenty of historic significance (as on the location where the Europeans first set foot in WA and where many ANZACS last set foot before being shipped to the world wars), an abundance of boutique shopping experiences, and some of the best wineries, breweries and distilleries our state has to offer. Albany is the perfect destination for a cheeky weekend away or an even a longer stay.
Travel: Albany is a 4.5hr drive from Perth CBD or a 1hr flight.
Weather: Summers are usually dry and warm, and not too hot. Winters are usually wet and can get quite cold, by Australian standards.
LGBTQI+ family: Albany is home to our friends at Albany Pride (formerly known as Albany Gay and Lesbian…And Everyone in Between). Albany Pride is a local group offering peer networking and support for people in Albany who identify as LGBTIQA+, their families and friends, all ages, locals and visitors. They aim to provide a voice for LGBTIQA+ people in the Great Southern and foster local support, acceptance and celebration of minority sexualities and gender identities in our community. Albany Pride is the only acknowledged local service, support or network for LGBTIQA+ people.
Albany Pride hosts events each month including coffee meet ups, end of the month after work drinks and family get togethers.
Albany Pride also co runs with Albany headspace, ‘Spectrum’, a social/support group for young people 12-25 years old diverse in sexuality and gender in the Albany area.
Albany has been celebrating Albany Pride Week annually since 2016, getting bigger and more ambitious from year to year. These events have historically been in November but are mobving to Feburary in 2021.
Broome is a coastal pearling and tourist town on the northern coast of Western Australia. The town is built on the tradition lands of the Yawuru people.
To do: Broome has everything you would expect of a tropic paradise, including wide sweeping beaches, a few points of historical interest (including the story Broome’s involvement in World War II and its history as a pearling town) and plenty of natural beauty that is worth a day-trip tour (both by land and sea). And no day in Broome is complete without enjoying the wonderful weather with a freshly brewed beer at the Matso’s Brewery.
Travel: Broome is a 2.5 hr flight from Perth Airport, which is by far the easiest way to get there. However, if you are feeling adventurous, you can take a road trip along the Western Australian coast, stopping a few of the other amazing towns Western Australia has to offer. A road trip to Broome will include a total of 24hrs driving time.
Weather: Unlike the mid-to-southern regions of the state, Broome has only two seasons; dry (April-November) and wet (December to March). Dry season has very enjoyable warm weather, while the wet can be much hotter with erratic tropical downpours and high humidity.
LGBTQI+ family: Broome is home to our friends at Broome Pride Inc and their annual Mardi Gras celebration in February/March. Mardi Gras in Broome is one of the biggest pride celebrations outside the Perth metro; with lots of exciting events including the annual Kimberley Queen pageant, dance parties, cabaret and drag bingo.
Busselton is a quiet coastal town situated on the traditional lands of the Wardandi and Bibulman people of the Noongar nation. As well as being a tourist hotspot for a weekend getaway or longer, Busselton is also home to a bustling agricultural industry.
To do: Busselton’s most famous attraction is its outlandish 1.8km (1.1 mile) long jetty and numerous white sandy beaches. Busselton is also a great home-base when it comes to exploring the Margaret River region of Western Australia, most famous for its award-winning wineries, but also home to amazing food, breweries and distilleries.
Travel: Busselton is an easy 2.5 hr drive from the Perth CBD.
Weather: Busselton is the gateway to the South West’s warm Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm to hot, with afternoon relief from a cooling ocean breeze. While in winter, it can get chilly and wet.
LGBTQI+ family: Busselton Pride head up the celebrations in Busselton. The big event is held in March in Busselton town centre, with lots smaller events occurring around the same time in the region surrounding Busselton.
Kununurra is situated in the most north-eastern corner of the state, just 37km (23mi) out from our neighbours in the Northern Territory. Kununurra is home to the Miriwoong Gajerrong people, who remain the traditional custodians of that land. Kununurra is an oasis amongst farming fields full of superfoods and tropical fruit and a very unique natural landscape.
To do: Kununurra’s biggest draw card by far is its natural beauty, and there are countless ways that you can get amongst it. There are national parks, wilderness parks, gorges and natural springs galore, and all easily accessible within a day trip.
Travel: Kununurra is a 3 hours flight from Perth Airport.
Weather: Similar to Broome, Kununurra experiences two seasons, wet and dry. Dry season (April – September) usually sees temperatures in the mid-high 30s (around 100oF) and manageable humidity. The wet season is usually much hotter and more humid, with dry thunderstorms from October to December (referred to colloquially as the “build-up”) and heavy rain and flooding from January to March (referred to colloquially as the “monsoon”).
LGBTQI+ family: Kununurra is home to our friends at KNQ Kununurra. KNQ Kununurra host regular sundowners throughout the year and, in 2019, held its inaugural annual Pride celebration.
Find out more information on KNQ Kununurra via Facebook.
Peel in home to one of the many mining hubs around Western Australia, but at the heart of the Peel Region is the coastal residential/holiday town of Mandurah. Situated on the traditional lands of the Pinjareb people of the Noongar nation, Mandurah was traditionally a holiday getaway for those living in the big smoke, but over time, Perth’s suburban sprawl has engulfed the town of Mandurah.
To do: Mandurah is built around it’s estuary and expanding network of canals; so, unsurprisingly, most of the action in Mandurah is water based. Whether you want to cruise the river, engage in some water sports or see the local marine life (including dolphins), Mandurah is the place to be. Or if you are not a water baby, there are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants around the Mandurah marina, where you can enjoy the water from a distance.
Travel: Mandurah is a short 1 hr drive from Perth CBD or an easy 1 hr train ride using the standard public transport system, Transperth.
Weather: Being so closely situated to Perth CBD, Mandurah has very similar weather; with dry hot summers and mild wet winters.
LGBTQI+ family: Pride in Peel caters for the LGBTQI+ community in Mandurah and the whole of the Peel Region. Pride in Peel hosts events spontaneously throughout the year, including an annual pride event. Pride in Peel also offers training and courses on a variety of different areas.
With a land mass of over 2.5 millions square kilometres, there is so much more of Western Australia to explore. If you are part of an LGBTQI+ community group in a region of Western Australia not covered above and would like to join our state wide network, please contact us.