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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 $150

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 $120

Larmont Sydney - by Lancemore (formally Diamant Hotel Sydney)

4 stars
4.2 / 5 27 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Stay 2 Nights & Save 15%

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

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay Sydney hotels

From $76

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 $120

Larmont Sydney - by Lancemore (formally Diamant Hotel Sydney)

4 stars
4.2 / 5 27 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Stay 2 Nights & Save 15%

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 $174

BLUEHotel

5 stars
4.5 / 5 19 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Stay 3 Nights & 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

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Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Los Angeles Sydney Thu, Sep 17 - Wed, Sep 30 $1,192
San Francisco Sydney Mon, Aug 31 - Tue, Sep 8 $1,263
New York Sydney Wed, Sep 9 - Sun, Sep 13 $1,231
Shanghai Sydney Sun, Aug 30 - Tue, Sep 29 $659
Auckland Sydney Sun, Sep 20 - Sat, Sep 26 $255
Nadi Sydney Sun, Aug 9 - Sun, Aug 16 Check rates
Philadelphia Sydney Sun, Aug 9 - Sun, Aug 16 Check rates
Minneapolis Sydney Sun, Aug 23 - Sun, Aug 30 $1,871
Chicago Sydney Wed, Sep 9 - Wed, Sep 16 $1,551
Vancouver Sydney Mon, Sep 28 - Tue, Oct 20 $1,000
Newark Sydney Mon, Aug 31 - Tue, Sep 29 $1,603
Charlotte Sydney Tue, Sep 22 - Tue, Sep 29 $1,953
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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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