12 October 2009
Australia's Alice Springs named as haven for lesbians
Anyone looking for a friendly lesbian town - male or female - has been encouraged to visit Alice Springs in the Northern Territory: the lesbian capital of Australia. Lesbians are also encouraged to emigrate to Australia, with Australian immigration law recognising same-sex couples.
Tourism Australia Northern Territory regional director Phil Walcott told the NT News that Alice Springs is the undiscovered lesbian capital of Australia.
Mr Walcott said Alice Springs had a high per-capita residency of lesbians, and a recent documentary shown on Australian television, Destiny in Alice, made a light-hearted exploration of the small town's lesbian lifestyle.
Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, became somewhat of a haven for lesbians after several hundred women took part in a march protesting against the Pine Gap intelligence base in 1983.
The documentary explained that many participants in the protests were lesbians who came, saw and decided to stay.
An Australian spouse and partner visa can be applied for by the same sex partner of an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who wishes to emigrate to Australia to be with their partner.
To visit Alice Springs or anywhere else in Australia all visitors, unless they have an Australian or New Zealand passport, must have an Australian tourist visa. The most popular Australian tourist visa is the ETA visa.