ChillOut Festival 10-14 March 2022
We couldn’t be more excited to announce that ChillOut Festival is back again for 2022! It’s our 25 Year Silver Jubilee so it will be one for the ages. Across the Labour Day weekend in March the festival will transform the Central Highlands of Victoria into Queer Country.
Come join us for the carnival, the Champagne, the parade and so much more. Keep an eye out for full event details and festival guides in the coming weeks. Subscribe below to be the first to get the latest updates.
Our time to shine
Queer Country Pride
ChillOut is so much more than a Festival. We are an organisation that has been supporting and bringing together the rural LGBTIQ community, artists and the broader community for 25 years.
The festival is held in the gay capital of regional Victoria – Daylesford. From humble beginnings, ChillOut has grown to become the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event in regional Australia, and the largest festival in the Hepburn Shire.
While events in the capital cities might be a lot bigger, ChillOut retains a relaxed, down-to-earth atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to let your hair down, and has found a special place in the hearts of the LGBTIQ community across Australia – and the world.
Celebrate with us
Daylesford, Victoria is the secret (or not so secret) gay capital of Australia. This picturesque rural hamlet is just a one hour drive from Melbourne airport and 90 minutes from the city. Daylesford has a large gay population and united group of shop owners and tourism operators. All of the businesses in the area have been gay-friendly for more than 20 years.
Daylesford is a charming town. The roads are wide and lined with trees; a grand post office, topped with a turret, stands at one end of the main street; a turn of the century pub with a wide balcony shading the footpath below, at the other. The town of 2500, at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, is one of the increasing number of regional towns and outer suburbs
LGBTIQ Australians are calling home.
We’ve put together everything you need to plan your ChillOut Experience in Daylesford.
From how to get there, the best accommodation options and the very best that Daylesford and the region has to offer.
Known for its natural mineral springs and natural beauty, Daylesford attracts day-trippers and holiday-makers all seeking the restorative pull of Mother Nature. uncover a region brimming with history, art and creativity.
Unwind and forget the city stress in the natural mineral waters of the region. Enjoy an enriching meal made from the finest local produce, or rejuvenate with a relaxation massage or holistic therapy before heading back to your cosy B&B or modern apartment.
Daylesford is about a 90 minute trip from Melbourne CBD travelling by car and just under an hour from Tullamarine (Melbourne) Airport. The Hume, Calder and Western highways, and the Tullamarine Freeway, all lead to the region.