ChillOut Festival – 5 Reasons Why It's Like No Other Pride Festival Around

The ChillOut Festival in Daylesford (Victoria) has grown to be one of Australia’s largest and most beloved LGBTQIA+ festivals.

ChillOut Festival

Incoming Festival Director Michele Bauer knew that to ensure the cultural significance and passion for ChillOut remains, she needed to shift the direction of the festival. That means the creation of fresher content which encourages diversity and caters to more savvy audiences.

The festival also aims to contribute more to the health and wellbeing drivers that people seek and desire.

Here are five reasons why this Pride weekend in the spa capital of Australia is like no other.


A festival that serves booze, but also tea.
The Tea Tent at the ChillOut Mad Hatters Tea Party (Carnival Day) is a safe and quiet place for older LGBTQIA+ attendees to chill and spill the tea.

Tea Tent


Enter the darkest parts of your imagination and join Alice as she returns to Wonderland again in this new Australian work, 'Wondered', by award-winning playwright, Elodie Boal. An immersive play held in Hepburn Pavilion, taking you back down the rabbit hole.



Let’s get physical!
Parties are nice but how about recovering with a bush walk, round of golf, a pool party or morning yoga. ChillOut has plenty of physical activations to get you closer to nature, and yourself!

Lets get physical


One giant rainbow!
A key event in the festival programme for 2020 is an official Australian record attempt for the Largest Human Rainbow. The Daylesford event aims to become an Australian record, and to “act as a collective symbol of solidarity and acceptance for the LGBTQIA+ community”.

Human Rainbow


The Longest Line Of Dancing Drag Queens: A Dolly Parton tribute.
Drag queens and Dolly Parton are a match made in heaven. The annual ChillOut Pride invites participants to smash the World Record for the longest line of dancing drag queens.
That's right! ChillOut invites 145+ participants to come in drag, dressed as global icon Dolly Parton.

ChillOut Festival is held from 5-9 March in Daylesford.