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If you’re planning an expedition to Australia, then you’re going to want to include the city of Sydney on your itinerary
The annual gay and lesbian mardi gras festival is an ideal time to visit, but Sydney is a post-card worthy destination that has plenty of travel appeal at any time of year.
One of Sydney’s selling points is the weather – mild winters and bright sunny days for much of the year. It’s no surprise that most locals seem to spend a lot of time at the beach and not wearing many clothes.
Here’s a quick guide to get you started on your gay travels down-under:
When to go
The high season for tourists are the summer months which are from the beginning of December to the end of February. If you’re an LGBT tourist then the quintessential time to visit would be during the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, which takes place at the end of February.
This renowned festival is chock-full of exhibitions, music, theatre, community events, and of course massive parties. The theme for 2017 is Creating Equality. In 2017, Mardi Gras will celebrate how far the LGBT community has come and highlight the areas in which we’re still not treating equally.
If you truly want to experience gay Sydney then you cannot miss Mardi Gras!
The Rydges Sydney Central Hotel is situated in downtown Sydney which makes it a perfect hotel if you want to be near all the gay venues and restaurants on Oxford Street.
The hotel features 271 contemporary rooms, a fitness center, free wi-fi, a swimming pool, and a sauna. This cosmopolitan hotel is a must stay for any tourist seeking a relaxing environment that is near, but away, all the hustle.
Want something hip and colorful? Then the ADGE Boutique Apartment Hotel is for you. This hotel is a highly popular choice and literally steps away from Oxford Street’s gay nightlife. The decor throughout carries a bold, urban vibe that will make you feel like a hipster.
This remarkable boutique apartment/hotel offers a collection of two bedrooms suites that can easily sleep four. The suites feature an open-plan lounge and dining area, free wi-fi, full kitchen, and in-room washer and dryer.
You will want to book this one early if you plan to go during peak season.
Sydney is bursting with gay bars and clubs. The most popular venues are on and around Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Shift is Australia’s best known gay venue. This venue has six bars and two dance floors across two levels. Crazy!
The Shift is your one-stop-shop for dancing, original cabaret shows, drag queens shows, and sexy go-go dancers.
Stonewall Hotel is located in the heart of the gay scene on Oxford Street. The venue offers entertainment seven days a week such as drag performances, karaoke, amazing DJs, and some of the hottest go-go boys in existence.
You’ll gladly get lost in their three levels of fun. Gay Sydney has never been gayer.
ARQ is one of the largest and most notorious gay dance clubs in Australia. The top floor (The Arena) is built to accommodate their state-of-the-art sound system that delivers 360˚of aural stimulation.
This club packs a huge dance floor, fantastic laser light shows, drag shows, live performances, resident DJs, and numerous steaming hot go-go dancers. This club is a must see for any LGBTI visitor.
Bondi Beach may not be an official gay beach but it’s highly popular with the gay community. The beach is full of restaurants and cafés that will keep you well fed and tipsy. Be careful though, it’s illegal to drink on the beach itself. So chug that drink before heading down to bask in the sun.
If you’re feeling daring then why not hit up the nude beach. Obelisk Beach is a 100-meter-long nude beach that overlooks Sydney Harbour. This beach beckons the uninhibited gay and lesbian crowd. Make sure to take everything you need to the beach because there are no outlets to purchase food nearby.