Coco Verdose wins Australia's Got Drag extravaganza in Port Macquarie

Razzle Dazzle: Betty Botox, Australia's Got Drag winner Coco Verdose and Aurum Argentum

Razzle Dazzle: Betty Botox, Australia's Got Drag winner Coco Verdose and Aurum Argentum

Coco Verdose glitzed the field and dazzled rivals to win the inaugural Australia's Got Drag competition in Port Macquarie.

Drag queens from across Australia frocked up for the head-to-head dance, singing and glamour affair between 10 entrants at Panthers on February 9.

Brisbane's Coco (Dean Nash), the competition's first titleholder, said it was a great turn-out for fans and queens alike.

"I'd encourage everyone to give it a go, there's nothing as liberating," Coco said.

"I grew up in Wingham and did most of my training in Laurieton - now I work in a law firm (in Brisbane). The hours are great to build up performance skills.

"I think my performance style, passion and drive won me the title and my performances of several songs."

Strike a pose: Judge, Coco Jumbo.

Strike a pose: Judge, Coco Jumbo.

Local organising divas Nick Cameron and GJ Hayward hosted the evening with judges, social media star Christian Hull, Sydney drag queen Coco Jumbo and local socialite Sarah Gale.

"We know the response has been huge and would like to keep it going. It has been a pretty big success," said Mr Cameron.

"It took seven months worth of planning, sounds and lighting as well as judges. We planned it with Panthers, they mentored us.”

Mr Cameron said Coco Verdose's passion fired up the night, netting the victory.

"Her consistency and her energy - she dominated the stage," he said. "She can dance, lip sync like no-one I've seen. There's so much passion and drive."

If I'd change anything it would be to have more glitter.

Nick Cameron

Prior to the competition GJ said the event was an opportunity to showcase the diversity that makes up the Port Macquarie-Hastings community.

“The competition is about showing people who live here that there is a small but vibrant LGBT community in Port Macquarie,” Mr Hayward said. “A competition like this shows people another side of the community and one where people are free to express themselves.”

Glam: Miss Poppie at Australia's Got Drag in Port Macquarie.

Glam: Miss Poppie at Australia's Got Drag in Port Macquarie.

Plans are already being made for 2020, despite both organisers expected to move overseas.

"We've had our first meeting for the next one already. It's at a decision stage for keeping it here in Port Macquarie or going to a bigger city," he said. "It ran so smooth. If I'd change anything it would be to have more glitter."