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ChillOut Festival
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Check out Australia's biggest country LGBTQIA pride festival

While the capital cities have Mardi Gras and Midsumma, out in regional Victoria, Daylesford has ChillOut. The festival is Australia's biggest country LGBTQIA pride festival, taking place in March every year. 

The festival hosts around 40 events each year including a pride parade, a family carnival, stalls, talks and a dance party. Daylesford and its twin town of Hepburn Springs have the highest percentage of LGBTQIA residents in rural or regional Australia, and the festival attracts many more to the spa town for the ChillOut celebrations each year.

The ChillOut festival has been going for more than two decades thanks to the work of its parent organisation, also called ChillOut. Throughout the years the organisation puts on a host of queer-friendly events such as dances, dinners and even a cake-baking competition.

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