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Pink paradise: discovering Australia's lesbian tropical North.

It's entirely possible that an email from Gigi Legenhausen and Andrea Groemminger, the proprietors of The Pink Flamingo, will feature the sign-off "Tropical greetings with smiles and butterflies." And why not? The idyllic, adults-only, pet-friendly resort, located in Port Douglas, Queensland, is a relaxed and happy place, welcoming a mixed clientele with lesbians accounting for approximately 50 percent of guests.

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Frequenters of Sydney's lesbian scene, which enjoyed its heyday of lipstick lesbian chic in the 1990s, will remember Gigi & Andrea, a soignee, leather-clad power couple and operators of upscale girls' night On the Other Side. Now enjoying their 23rd year together, the pair embarked on a tropical sea change in the year 2000, and in 2009 took over The Pink Flamingo. Considered one of the top three best resorts in Port Douglas, and boasting multiple-year Trip Advisor and Travellers Choice awards, the sexy and vibrant property is as big a hit as On the Other Side--and the perfect escape from city 'scenes.' Laze around the pool, enjoy the bar, the grill, and the beautiful gardens of coconut palms and native flora, which attract many birds. Have a relaxing and healing massage in the privacy of your own villa then soak in your outdoor bath by candlelight. (pinkflamingo.com.au)

LOCAL LESBIANS: GIGI & ANDREA'S TROPICAL TOP PICKS

1. Forget car rental: Trike it, you'll like it! Take a personalized scenic tour or arrive in style on a trike from the airport! Bike into Port Douglas or along beautiful Four Mile Beach. Only a 10-minute walk from the resort, it's the spot to watch the moon rise over the ocean or watch the sunrise any day.

2. Head out to the Great Barrier Reef for an unforgettable full-day experience. Snorkeling, diving and fishing trips can be arranged.

3. A little closer to shore you can experience the magic of Low Isles. Snorkel the inner reef for green turtles, great fish life and huge clams.

4. The Daintree Rainforest is 130 million years old, one of the most ancient in the world. Explore by guided 4WD safari or take a self-guided walk through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park--it's an easy 90-minute circuit track walk through stunning rainforest.

5. Kuku Yalangi are the traditional Aboriginal custodians of this area. Enjoy an easy 90-minute walk through their pristine rainforest.

6. Tee off with the mountains to one side and the sea to the other. There are three golf courses nearby.

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7. Various sunset cruises are available on luxury catamarans from 5pm-6.30pm.

8. Browse the famous Port Douglas Sunday market held on the waterfront where you can get all your souvenirs sorted in one hit!

9. Enjoy the fish feeding at On the Inlet at 5pm each afternoon with a bucket of prawns and a cold beer or Chardonnay on the waterfront. Or try the Sunset Bar upstairs at the Courthouse Hotel. Watch the boats come back from the reef from 4pm onwards.

10. Flames of the Forest is a magical dining experience outdoors amongst candles and fairy lights in the deep jungle! 5-star dining in the most unique setting.

11. Get airborne and experience something truly different. What a way to see our beautiful coastline and rainforest! Airstrip is just 5 minutes from Port Douglas and all you need is a sense of adventure.

12. The Habitat is an award-winning open plan sanctuary at the entrance to Port Douglas and a place to experience our native birdlife, cute koalas and kangaroos up close.
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Title Annotation:FEATURES: TRAVEL
Author:Krokus, Georgia
Publication:Curve
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Mar 1, 2015
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