Chillout Festival 2023

Chillout Festival, is Australia’s biggest Queer Country Festival held right here in Daylesford, in the gay capital of Victoria. Two weeks of festivities across country Victoria lead up to the Labour Day long weekend (9 to 13th of March 2023) where Daylesford puts on an elaborate show for the LGBTQ+ communities and allies, this year with the theme of “Find Your Wings”.

The full program is yet to be released but check back soon to get your preparations started. But restaurants like The Farmers Arms, Hotel Frangos and The Daylesford Cider Company hosts events during the festival.

ChillOut is an annual LGBTIQ festival held in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. It is held on the Labour Day long weekend at the end of March or start of April each year.

ChillOut is an annual LGBTIQ festival held in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. It is held on the Labour Day long weekend at the end of March or start of April each year.

The purpose of ChillOut is to provide a safe space for people from all walks of life to gather and celebrate their diversity. It also provides opportunities for straight allies to show their support for equality by attending and supporting the event.

ChillOut Festival is one of the longest running and best loved LGBTIQ country festivals in the world.

ChillOut is one of the longest running and best loved country LGBTIQ festivals in the world. The festival is held on Labour Day long weekend at the end of March or start of April each year, in the country town of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. It’s a small town with only about 3000 residents but it has become known as a place where people love to visit and bring their families for a relaxing weekend away from city life.

Street Parade and Carnivale

The ChillOut Street Parade is an annual event that draws thousands of people to the streets of Daylesford each year. The parade is a vibrant celebration of the diverse LGBTIQ communities of Daylesford and the surrounding area, with various floats and marching groups taking part in this colourful spectacle every year.

The 2019 line-up includes several new additions including a “Drag Queen” float, which will feature some fierce queens from Melbourne’s drag scene. Other highlights include local marching bands, dance troupes and musicians who will join together to create an unforgettable experience for all onlookers!

Recently the ChillOut Festival announced its first headline act for Carnivale in Kate Miller-Heidke. Kate will be performing on Sunday at the Carnivale festival grounds. The singer-songwriter and 2019 Eurovision song contest representative for Australia will be performing a range of her songs including her latest hit “You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore”.

A first batch of tickets for Carnivale will be released soon exclusively to subscribers of the ChillOut Festival mailing list – so if you’re not already on there make sure you subscribe now.

Festival Venues

The whole event takes place over the course of three days. ChillOut Festival is a very inclusive festival, and there are events happening at each venue all day and night.

You can choose to attend one or two venues per day, or get involved in everything by attending every single event! The choice is yours!

There are plenty of places to sit down if you need a break from dancing, but I recommend staying on your feet as much as possible – it’s so much fun!

For a full overview of the ChillOut Festival Program in Daylesford, visit their website

Plan your visit to Daylesford – Macedon Ranges

Now that you’ve decided to visit Daylesford, you’ll want to start planning your trip. The Macedon Ranges is a beautiful place to visit whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away or something more adventurous.

There’s plenty of attractions and activities on offer in the area, but here are just some of the highlights:

  • Accommodation – there are many hotels and B&Bs to choose from in Daylesford – Macedon Ranges. You can even stay at one of its many vineyards!
  • Restaurants & Bars – if you’re feeling peckish after walking around all day, why not stop off for a bite? There are some great cafes serving everything from pancakes through pizza to seafood platters!
  • Events – if it’s an event-filled break you’re after then look no further than Daylesford! From festivals like Chill Out Festival Daylesford 2023 where artists perform on stage during the day before making way for DJs at night (and every Thursday night during summer), or other events such as cycling races through vineyard routes where people compete against each other while enjoying local produce such as cheese or wine tastings afterwards (which can also be found throughout summer), there’s always something happening here year round!

Accommodation during Chillout

There are a range of options available for accommodation close to the festival, from self-contained apartments, family or group stays, or luxury glamping. What’s more, you can choose between your own private space or share with friends and family.

From campgrounds and cabins through to boutique hotels and resorts – there is something for everyone! Chillout is an extremely busy festival, so accommodation books out well in advance for this week. Make sure you don’t loose out and check out our accommodation page for a full overview of the accommodation that is on offer in Daylesford.