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The best Australian cities for LGBTQ+ dating

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LGBTQ+ hotspots of Australia

Revealed: The best Australian cities for LGBTQ+ dating

  • Leading sexual wellness destination, Lovehoney reveals the best cities for LGBTQ+ dating in Australia.

  • Sydney was revealed as the top city, followed by Melbourne and Adelaide.

As winter approaches and temperatures start to drop, the desire to share the season with a romantic partner can be strong. So, for the 11%1 of the Australian population that identifies as LGBTQ+, which cities offer the most vibrant and inclusive dating scenes?

Lovehoney can now reveal the best cities across the country for LGBTQ+ dating, which have been ranked based on the following five factors:

  • The number of LGBTQ+ bars and clubs

  • LGBTQ+ festivals and events 

  • Dating app search volume 

  • Safety score per city

  • The percentage of same-sex couples

The top 10 cities in the ranking were revealed as:

#

City

LGBTQ+ 

Festivals/

Events 

LGBTQ+ 

Clubs/Bars 

Dating App Search Volume per 10,000 people

Safety Score 

Same-Sex Couples (%)

Total Score

1

Sydney

18

12

15.1274651

65.7

0.318

100.000

2

Melbourne

11

8

16.48464867

43.8

0.257

64.713

3

Adelaide

9

5

19.91454701

66.7

0.071

63.153

4

Brisbane

9

2

16.80458911

63.4

0.201

60.509

5

Geelong

1

4

3.096879231

76

0.257

48.362

6

Newcastle

2

1

14.92014479

50.1

0.318

46.234

7

Perth

5

5

12.49638817

57.6

0.106

43.924

8

Gold Coast

2

8

7.777193549

53.1

0.201

43.390

9

Wollongong

0

9

6.502618159

50.8

0.318

36.473

10

Hobart

4

1

6.923417768

76.8

0.022

34.436

 

Sydney takes the crown 

With a long history of LGBTQ+ rights activism, and the annual three-week-long Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, Sydney takes the crown as the top city. 

Boasting the most LGBTQ+ festivals and events in our ranking at 18, combined with 12 LGBTQ+ clubs and bars, and a solid safety score of 65.7 - the city is a haven for the community. 

Dating hotspot Melbourne takes second place, Adelaide comes in third 

Taking the second spot is Melbourne. With 11 festivals, eight registered LGBTQ+ bars and clubs, and a high search volume on dating apps, the city is a dynamic hub for LGBTQ+ individuals to meet like-minded singles. 

Adelaide comes in third with nine LGBTQ+ festivals, and five registered clubs and bars, coupled with high dating app search volumes of 19.91 per 10,000 people. The city has a commendable safety score of 66.7, although the percentage of same-sex couples is lower at 0.071%. Nevertheless, Adelaide's robust support for LGBTQ+ events makes it a welcoming city.

Brisbane and Geelong rank in the top five 

Completing the top five on the list are Brisbane (60.51) and Geelong (48.36), with some of the highest safety scores on the list. 

Notable LGBTQ+ events in Brisbane include the Brisbane Pride Festival, and the annual Queer Film Festival, which highlights LGBTQ+ stories and filmmakers. Similarly, Geelong's notable LGBTQ+ event is the Rainbow Festival, which includes a pride march, community fair, and various cultural activities.

For more information on the cities that just missed the top 10, as well as tips on how to find love in a new city, or  please visit:  https://www.lovehoney.com.au/trends-insights/australias-lgbtq-hotspots.html

ENDS

  1. Data on the LGBTQ+ population in Australia was taken from Statista’s LGBTIQ+ life in Australia report released in 2023. That statistic from the report states: While the exact share is not known, recent reports have estimated that around 11 percent of the Australian population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex. 

Data sources:

Australia Largest Cities & Population - https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/cities/australia

LGBTQ+ Festivals/Events – https://australianpridenetwork.com.au/lgbtiq-festivals/

LGBTQ+ Clubs/Bars - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/  and https://www.travelgay.com/ 

Dating App Search Volume – Google Ads Keyword Planner, found here: https://ads.google.com/intl/en_uk/home/tools/keyword-planner/

Safety Score - https://www.numbeo.com/crime/rankings.jsp

Same-Sex Couples Percentages - https://www.abs.gov.au/articles/same-sex-couples-living-together-australia#where-do-same-sex-couples-live-

Methodology:

We compiled a list of the 20 largest cities in Australia, based on population. The data for each factor was then gathered and indexed. The scores for all factors were then summed, and this was then normalised to convert all values to positive, leaving a total score. The cities were ranked from highest to lowest, based on this total score, with a higher score producing a better ranking, with a maximum score of 100. 

The factors are as follows:

LGBTQ+ Festivals/Events – The number of LGBTQ+ festivals/events in each city.

LGBTQ+ Clubs/Bars – The number of LGBTQ+ clubs/bars for each city as listed on Tripadvisor.

Dating App Search Volume – The total search volume in each city on Google, over the past year, for LGBTQ+ dating apps (Grindr, scruff, Romeo) per 10,000 people.

Safety Score – The safety score for each city on Numbeo. 

Same-Sex Couples % - The % of couples in each state that were the same-sex, as of 2021.

The factors were normalised as follows:

LGBTQ+ Festivals/Events – High values get a high score. Low values get a low score.

LGBTQ+ Clubs/Bars - High values get a high score. Low values get a low score.

Dating App Search Volume - High values get a high score. Low values get a low score.

Safety Score - High values get a high score. Low values get a low score.

Same-Sex Couples % - High values get a high score. Low values get a low score.

The indexed values gave scores of between 0 and 1, except for festivals and clubs, where we applied a penalty of -0.5 for locations with a value of 0.

All data is correct as of 3.6.2024


About us:

About Lovehoney

Founded in 2002, Lovehoney is a multi-award-winning manufacturer and distributor of pleasure products. Its focus on exceptional customer service, product innovation, and creative marketing has placed Lovehoney at the forefront of developments in the sexual wellbeing market. Lovehoney Australia offers free delivery from its Brisbane warehouse on orders of $59+, a 1-year product guarantee, and 24/7 customer care. Lovehoney customers can shop with confidence thanks to the 100 Day Money Back Promise, and over 286,000 customer reviews, plus a 4.7-star TrustPilot rating.

In 2016 and again in 2021, Lovehoney won the Queen's Award for Enterprise - International Trade, the highest accolade in British business, and in 2021 was crowned Innovation Champion Of The Year at the National Retail Awards in Australia for the second year running.

In 2018, Telemos Capital, an evergreen investment company, completed its first investment in the UK by acquiring a majority stake in Lovehoney. With the backing of Telemos, Lovehoney accelerated its plans for international expansion, tapping into new markets and building on its strong consumer engagement. In 2021 Lovehoney merged with WOW Tech Group to form global sexual wellness group: The Lovehoney Group. The Merger brings together some of the industry’s best-known consumer brands Fifty Shades of Grey, Womanizer, We-Vibe, and Arcwave.

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