to know the tourist attractions of Sydney, Australia's most amazing
trip to Sydney would not be complete without
exploring the gay nightlife. Oxford Street stays
in the heart of the Sydney gay bar scene
of the world’s most fabulous destinations, Gay
Sydney is has a worldwide reputation for sublime
weather, gorgeous men, and wild nightlife fuelled
that’s to say nothing of the gay icons it has
produced: Ian Thorpe, Matthew Mitcham, Mardi Gras,
Priscilla, and Speedos. A cosmopolitan city with
upscale cocktail bars, underground events,
avant-garde art galleries, and trendy cafes,
travelers have chosen Gay Sydney for decades, and
despite the recent introduction of lock-out laws
which have decimated inner city nightlife, us gays
still continue to flock here.
western section of Oxford Steet, which runs
through the suburb of Darlinghurst, is Sydney’s
main gay district, but you can find queer folk
happily holding hands throughout the city –
recently emboldened by the passing of same-sex
marriage bill after a vicious (and unnecessary)
national debate and referendum.
Street is closed to traffic once a year in March
for the legendary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi
Gras, but every day of the year is absolutely
queer here with cafes, bars, late night clubs,
speedo shops and rainbows galore. In fact, one in
10 gay men living in Sydney can be found within
two kilometers of Taylor Square, the epicenter of
the Oxford St gay scene. Needless to say, no visit
to gay Sydney would be complete without at least
one visit here.
no matter what you do, be sure to see a drag show
– either at brunch, dinner or late in the night,.
It is truly something special here and widely
accepted, probably stemming back to the colonial
days of Australia where it was mostly men around.
We can only imagine what they got up to…
Sydney discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression is
strictly prohibited, and it is highly unlikely gay
travelers will have any issues exploring the
wonders of Gay Sydney.
in general, is considered to be one of the
most-gay friendly counties in the world with 79%
of Australians agreeing homosexuality should be
accepted by society (the 5th-most supportive of
countries surveyed) and there is vibrant gay
scenes in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
– but for sun, surf, speedos, and gorgeous guys
in Aussiebums none others quite compare. Sydney is
quite simply a gay mecca renown the world over,
and one we are absolutely living for!
being gay does not define which attraction most of
us will want to see in each city and most queer
travelers will simply want to check out the top
things to see in Sydney during the day! Sydney is
a very safe city, and gay travelers in Sydney do
not need to take any extra precautions regarding
public displays of affection in this very tolerant
and progressive city.
you are at a loss for things to do in Gay Sydney
or can’t decide – we recommend just heading to
Oxford Street where the shops, cafes, bars and
people never fail to entertain!
Opera House – One of the 20th century’s most
famous and distinctive buildings, no trip to
Sydney would be complete without visiting this
world-class multi-venue performing arts center.
While the view from outside is incredible, head to
the interior bar – or even better watch a
concert of the greatest hits of opera here
including Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, and
Hills – A boutique micro roastery based in Surry
Hills that is insanely gay-popular. Focused on
unique, delicious food and exceptional customer
service, the food here is best described as
inspired by the coffee origin trips, with a real
emphasis on the quality of the coffee and paying
tribute to all the hard work it takes to get the
coffee in the cup. Think Green Chilaquiles as we
enjoyed in Puerto Vallarta or Huevos Divorciados
better than in Bogota. Honestly, everything on the
menu here is incredible, the staff are second to
none and the decor is oh-so-edgy – what’s not
Zoo – We normally are not the biggest fan of zoo’s,
this one overlooking the iconic Sydney harbor and
full with all of Australia’s weird and wonderful
wildlife is a must-do! With over 350 animal
species including kangaroos, koalas, and
platypuses, you are going to want to spend the
whole day here!
Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise – Sydney is a
harbor city, and so the best way to explore its
many attractions and take it all in is via boat!
Spend the day aboard a hop-on-hop-off cruise that
takes you around Darling Harbour, Circular Quay,
Watsons Bay, Manly, and Luna Park. Get the best
vantage point of the city, all without moving from
Farmers Markets – On a Saturday morning you can’t
miss heading to this bustling farmers market full
of seasonal produce and organic delights from all
across the state. An award-winning market in the
heart of Redfern curated by celebrity chefs with a
little something for everyone.
to Coogee walk – One of the most beautiful walks
in the world, this six-kilometer coastal delight
is our absolute favorite thing to do in Sydney
with gorgeous views, busy beaches and plenty of
cute locals to admire. A close runner-up is the
Manly to Spit walk with mega mansions, Indigenous
rock art and magical secret beaches to discover.
To Do In Sydney
– A Planetdwellers LGBT Travel, Tours, Events
company in the middle of Oxford Street. Proudly
gay-owned and operated, Mario, Barry, and Tim are
the perfect guys to contact if you’re looking
for a special tour of Sydney with a gay twist, or
any dedicated help for your gay travels, within
Australia or abroad. One of their top in-house
tours around Sydney is the Sydney Gay Village
Walking Tour which explores Oxford Street and the
surrounding area, talks about the famous events
and history of the area and what it means to be
gay in Sydney today.
worth planning a trip around is their annual epic
drag bus tour to the Broken Heel Festival in
Broken Hill fuelled with more desert, disco, and
divas than you could ever handle. A ball of a week
celebrating the iconic Aussie movie, ‘Priscilla
Queen of the Desert’, there could be no better
way to experience Gay Australia that with 50 other
pleasure seekers, champagne in hand of course!
Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – An annual LGBT
pride parade, one of the largest held anywhere in
the world with hundreds of thousands of attendees.
Held annually on the second Thursday in February
for 40 years, the festival grew out of a gay
rights parades in 1978, where participants had
been arrested by New South Wales Police and today
still holds on to its political roots, while
expanding to include the Bondi Beach Drag Races,
Mardi Gras Film Festival and a huge Fair Day in
are also hundreds of other club events and queer
parties planned around. The clear highlight is the
4-hour parade extravaganza held on the Saturday
nights, as is the afterparty where 12,000 guys
gather to party all night long in what is
Australia’s biggest LGBTQI event each year.
Mardi Gras is a huge tourism drawcard where hotels
in Sydney sell out months in advance, so if you
plan on attending be sure to book well in advance!