Sydney – there’s no where else like it! It’s just one of those places we all love to visit (or hope to visit).
If you believe Sydney only has one famous LGBT event called Mardi Gras, think again.
If you picture Sydney’s harbour having only a spectacular bridge and a stunning performing arts centre, take another look.
If you wonder why Sydney is one of the top 5 lesbian and gay hotspots in the world, read on; it ranks up there year after year.
If experiencing Sydney’s sizzle, culture, cuisine and natural beauty has long been on your to dream list, why not Just Do It in 2010! As the locals say, “Off you go, then!” Warning: Australia dazzles long after departure. You’ll be back, mate!
Sydney Remains a Top Gay Travel Destination
Sydney: Dream Destination
What do the leading gay travel writers say?
While there are venues throughout the sprawling city, gay social life is centered on and around Oxford and Crown Streets in the Darlinghurst –Surry Hills neighborhoods. Oxford is the main drag for the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in February/March, which draws visitors from around the globe for weeks of nonstop celebration.
The renowned Opera House. The panoramic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Shirtless, buff men gyrating at Mardi Gras. World-class people watching – uh cruising – at Bondi Beach. It’s hard to say which best represents Sydney.
Part of Sydney’s appeal is that it’s a city of neighborhoods. The Central Business District (or CBD), sits just south of the harbor, where Circular Quay (pronounced “key”) on Sydney Cove is framed by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It’s the hub of the region’s ferry traffic, so you’ll doubtless pass through here at some point. To its west is The Rocks, site of the city’s most historic architecture, including some romantic old pubs, while the sprawling Royal Botanic Gardens sit just to the east.
A short train ride away from the CBD, Newtown is another heavily LGBT neighborhood, more organic but no less worthy. It’s not far from the Imperial Hotel, featured in the cult movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. (Just re-opened after extensive remodelling.)
Editor’s note: One thing is for sure; Sydney is a dream destination for lesbian and gay visitors, whether travelling with a posse or a sweetheart. It is simply a great city with lots of energy that pulls you in. I ought to know, I came to participate in the Gay Games in 2002 – and never left!