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Sydney is easily the LGBT capital of the Southern Hemisphere. Where else could a very gay Mardi Gras – complete with bear jamborees – be televised on national TV, where grandparents and children stake out their spots on the parade route hours beforehand? Sydney also has a form of civil unions, the Relationship Declaration Program, and gays can be found all over the city, cavorting on the beaches, performing drag in a cornucopia of “hotels” (the Australian names for pubs), living casually out, and generally making the city feel like a San Francisco – albeit with better weather!

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming Sydney hotels

From $140

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park

5 stars
4.0 / 5 19 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

The 5-star Pullman Sydney Hyde Park hotel is directly opposite Hyde Park and bang in the city centre, so you won't have far to go if your interest tends to theatres, museums, shopping or bar-hopping. In town on business? You're in the right place for that, too. The conferencing and banquet venues here are among the most... More

From $147

Medusa Boutique Hotel Sydney

4 stars
4.7 / 5 5 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Featuring a beautiful surrounding and offering comfort and privacy, the Medusa Hotel is the perfect accommodation choice for those who wish to interact with the creative locals. Location Medusa is well-located on a quiet section of Darlinghurst Road between busy William Street and the even busier Oxford Street. This... More

From $98

Larmont Sydney - by Lancemore (formally Diamant Hotel Sydney)

4 stars
4.2 / 5 27 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Includes Breakfast for 2

Under the glow of the infamous Coca Cola sign, in-the- know travelers have staked claim on the chic Larmont Sydney - by Lancemore (formally Diamant Hotel Sydney). Located in Sydney's cultural and entertainment hub in Kings Cross, the neighborhood and surrounding stylish villages of Darlinghurst and Potts Point are a... More

From $167

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

5 stars
4.4 / 5 57 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Rate includes breakfast

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens (1 block)The Rocks (1 block)Sydney Opera House (1 block)Sydney Aquarium (1 mi/1.7 km)Sydney Harbour Bridge (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Bondi Beach (6.2 mi/10 km) GeneralThe colorful, multi-tiered lobby houses Macquarie Lounge, a coffee house where globetrotting guests sip coffee and tea. Icons... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay Sydney hotels

From $69

The Kirketon Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels

4 stars
3.7 / 5 8 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Book 14 Days In Advance & Save 10%

The Kirketon Hotel welcomes its guests to experience the genuine warmth and charm of the professional team whose prime objective is to look after the guests. The intimate 40 room iconic boutique hotel is located in the heart of Sydney's restaurant, bar and nightclub district, moments from Oxford Street and Kings Cross... More

From $98

Larmont Sydney - by Lancemore (formally Diamant Hotel Sydney)

4 stars
4.2 / 5 27 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Includes Breakfast for 2

Under the glow of the infamous Coca Cola sign, in-the- know travelers have staked claim on the chic Larmont Sydney - by Lancemore (formally Diamant Hotel Sydney). Located in Sydney's cultural and entertainment hub in Kings Cross, the neighborhood and surrounding stylish villages of Darlinghurst and Potts Point are a... More

From $81

ibis Sydney World Square

3 stars
3.9 / 5 12 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Catering to laptop toting workers, iBistro serves a full buffet breakfast, a grab-and-go lunchtime collection of sandwiches, and espresso. Sip post-work martinis at iBar. Guests who find themselves hungry during the night's wee hours will appreciate the hotel's hot snacks and drinks available 24/7. GeneralSydney... More

From $163

BLUEHotel

5 stars
4.5 / 5 19 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Advance Purchase, Save 15%

Retaining original features of the historical wharf structure--including exposed timber beams and black pipes--BLUEHotel has infused the elderly building with a dash of serious cool. Coveted loft rooms are apartment-size with five-star amenities and boutique style. The award-winning Water Bar draws Sydney starlets,... More

From $127

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

4 stars
4.4 / 5 2 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Indulge yourself in 4-star oceanside comfort right on the beach at Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific hotel. Awake to an ocean sunrise and a breath of sea air in your light, contemporary room. A surf or a waterfront jog and a Pacific-backdrop breakfast with eggs made to order and barista coffee get your day off to a bright... More

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Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Los Angeles Sydney Tue, Oct 13 - Fri, Nov 6 $1,133
San Francisco Sydney Sat, Oct 31 - Tue, Nov 10 $1,130
New York Sydney Wed, Oct 28 - Tue, Nov 3 $1,208
Shanghai Sydney Mon, Oct 26 - Tue, Nov 3 $638
Auckland Sydney Mon, Oct 26 - Wed, Nov 11 $234
Nadi Sydney Sun, Sep 20 - Sun, Sep 27 $515
Philadelphia Sydney Mon, Sep 14 - Mon, Sep 21 $1,774
Minneapolis Sydney Wed, Sep 16 - Sun, Sep 27 $1,733
Chicago Sydney Mon, Sep 7 - Wed, Sep 23 $1,464
Vancouver Sydney Wed, Oct 28 - Tue, Nov 17 $850
Newark Sydney Mon, Sep 14 - Mon, Sep 21 $1,685
Charlotte Sydney Tue, Sep 22 - Tue, Sep 29 $2,057
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  • LGBT Sydney

    Sydney’s main LGBT strip is along Oxford Street running through Darlinghurst and Paddington, with neighboring Surry Hills also colored very lavender. Lesbians congregate in Leichhardt and Newton.

    Gay beaches

    Not only can you spot queers ogling the famous Aussie lifeguards in their skimpy gear at the beaches of Manly and Bondi. Gay-filled beaches abound as well, from Tamarama (aka Glamarama), adjoining Bondi to four local nude beaches as well – Obelisk, Cobblers, Washaway, and Lady Bay – all found within the Sydney National Park, northeast of central Sydney.

    Landmarks

    Beyond the gay and lesbian scene, Sydney is a world-class tourist destination in its own right. Catch a top tier performance at the Sydney Opera House, take a guided climb over the Harbour Bridge, check out the excellent Sydney Aquarium at the renovated Darling Harbour, or take day trips to go hiking in the nearby Blue Mountains, wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, or whale watching near Port Stephens.

  • Visit Sydney in the summer

    Although winter (June-August) temps are moderate, you really want to experience Sydney in all its glory during its summer (late November through early March), especially for the huge Mardi Gras (happening every February or March) and the Sleaze Ball (in November).

    Learn the lingo

    Aussies love nicknaming, shortening their English, and creating playful slang for everything. A primer: Always say “G’day. “Bloke” means “guy,” “mate” means “buddy,” “cozzie” or “budgie smuggler” means “Speedo.” “She’ll be right” means “Everything will be ok.”

    Don’t stand up for Melbourne

    Sydneysiders and Melbournites have a longstanding rivalry that is both friendly and serious. Melbourne residents see Sydney locals as silly sun-bleached party boys, while Sydneysiders see their Melbourne cousins as stuck up and dour. Don’t get caught in between!

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