Death in Venice – Life in Australia
Unconventional sexual orientation today has ceased to be a cause for criminal prosecution. But it is still annoying the broad masses of people who are not familiar with Thomas Mann’s short story “Death in Venice” and who do not believe in Tchaikovsky’s homosexuality. For the most part, people, if they do not blame homosexuals aloud, at least show an unhealthy curiosity about them. It is easy to imagine, for example, the reaction of a sunbathing layman who saw young men kissing on the beach. Or hugging young ladies. At best, giggles.
Representatives of sexual minorities are quite annoyed by this attitude. And they are forced to think of places for recreation more or less underpopulated, so that, having arrived at the resort with a loved one, they will not be the target of ridicule and indelicate remarks. Gays and lesbians have long chosen the Hemingway Key West in the States, the island of Mykonos in Greece. Not that heterosexuals were not allowed there, but homosexuals feel freer there.
There is something similar in Australia. The path there is not near, but with privacy – a complete order. A deserted ocean coast, Australian nature unspoiled by civilization, hotels isolated from idle looks and a beloved (or beloved) nearby. Several of these hotels, offered by the Moscow travel company Ellas Holiday-M, are located in the northeast of the continent, near the city of Cairns (Queensland). Unlike the south of Australia, the season is all year round, and the influx of holidaymakers is explained solely by the holidays and vacations of Europeans and – especially the Japanese, who are only 6 hours away from Cairns.
KLM, AIR FRANCE and other airlines fly from Russia to Cairns. But the easiest way to get there is through Japan, by JAL. It’s more convenient just in time, since prices at all airlines are about the same – about $ 1,500.
18-24 James is a hotel for men. But only. If possible, young (the desired age is indicated in the name). A pool, a sauna, a jacuzzi, a gymnasium – and that’s all in the society of athletic young people. Incidentally, staying here is quite inexpensive: for $ 76 (for two) a day you can get a wonderful room with a picture, a palm tree, a TV and a huge king size bed opposite. Air conditioning, fridge, video and coffee maker are included.
Slightly more expensive is the Turtle Cove Resort, nestled between Cairns and Port Douglas, in tropical North Queensland: $ 90 per day, again for two and under the same conditions. But they let representatives of both sexes go there. The main thing is that they all represent the relevant sexual minorities. If you prefer apartments with a private garden – throw another $ 8.
Excursions are included with the hotels. If you have enough time and finance will allow. Excursion programs do not depend on sexual inclinations, but no one forbids them in their company. The most interesting are cruises on the marvelous islands of the Great Barrier Reef on a snow-white high-speed two-deck catamaran, with scuba diving, a boat trip with a glass bottom, watching coral and feeding exotic fish. In the seven hours that cruises are designed for, you will also be fed a full dinner with seafood specialties or Australian steak – depending on the specific program. Not counting coffee and tea along the way.
I must say that any trip in Australian begins with food. Before driving through the jungle, tourists are brought to a colonial restaurant and seated at a buffet, then sent to amphibians from the Second World War in a rainforest. At the end of the program, everyone is brought to the park with Australian animals, photographed with koalas and kangaroos and shown giant crocodiles. Another excursion option – a jeep safari and a “crocodile” cruise – combines a small punt trip along the Dintree River, a jeep pass through a mountain range, an obligatory picnic with steak, wine and fruit, a wild Bloomfield Track, only jeeps and accessible. And a close acquaintance with a kangaroo and Australian parrots – but without sex.
However, you can not go on excursions at all. If you want to relax, choose the small private island of Orpheus, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef. It is located 40 kilometers from the mainland. All the charms of the local flora and fauna are preserved there in complete intact. You can get to the island only by a small amphibious aircraft. The main thing is that there should be free places on Orpheus. This is a problem, since several villas isolated from each other can accommodate a maximum of 74 people, and the number of non-poor homosexuals from all over the world seeking there, this figure is clearly higher.
Traditional couples can also go there – if they are tired of being in the public eye, because among the clients of Orpheus Island Resort there are enough famous people without them. But the chaste in general Australians categorically do not allow children to the island. Everything on Orpheus is free, including entertainment, food, alcohol and amazingly beautiful desert beaches.