Sydney Gay and Lesbian Vacations

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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 $156

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park

5 stars
4.1 / 5 30 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Comfortable rooms in city centerReliable and classy, the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Hotel caters to corporate globetrotters who seek the comforts of home with five-star service. Steps from Hyde Park and a short train ride from Sydney's hottest attractions, the hotel's helpful staff goes the distance with activities for... More

From $187

Medusa Boutique Hotel Sydney

4 stars
4.6 / 5 3 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 $109

Diamant Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels

5 stars
4.2 / 5 42 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Stay 3 Nights and Save 20%

The sexiest address in Kings Cross Under the glow of the infamous Coca Cola sign, in-the- know travelers have staked claim on the chic Diamant Boutique Hotel. 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 $180

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

5 stars
4.3 / 5 98 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Rate includes breakfast

Ease and comfort overlooking Sydney?s majestic HarbourThe Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay makes arriving in Sydney a breeze. Guest quarters are steps from the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the bustling Rocks district. Most rooms offer brilliant views of the harbour and twinkling city lights. Complete... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay Sydney hotels

From $110

The Kirketon Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels

4 stars
3.7 / 5 10 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Stay 2 Nights and Save 15%

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 $109

Diamant Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels

5 stars
4.2 / 5 42 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Stay 3 Nights and Save 20%

The sexiest address in Kings Cross Under the glow of the infamous Coca Cola sign, in-the- know travelers have staked claim on the chic Diamant Boutique Hotel. 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 17 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Rate includes breakfast

Located in Sydney CBD within Sydney's vibrant entertainment and shopping precincts. All 166 modern contemporary rooms boast flat screen LCD televisions, high-speed broadband internet and in house movies. Enjoy an interactive breakfast at our heritage listed iBistro or gather at our iBar located on ground level for you... More

From $185

BLUE Sydney - A Taj Hotel

5 stars
4.7 / 5 18 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Early Bird Rate

Lofty rooms with water views on the Woolloomooloo Wharf Retaining original features of the historical wharf structure--including exposed timber beams and black pipes--BLUE Sydney has infused the elderly building with a dash of serious cool. Coveted loft rooms are apartment-size with five-star amenities and boutique... More

From $169

Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

Sydney, New South Wales

Enjoying pride of place opposite the famous Manly Beach, 15 minutes from Sydney City, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific offers accommodation for both business and leisure guests. The hotel features 213 rooms including newly-refurbished ocean view rooms and 2-bedroom suites, and all feature modern design, balconies and... More

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Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Los Angeles Sydney Tue, Aug 5 - Thu, Aug 14 $1,311
San Francisco Sydney Mon, Sep 8 - Mon, Oct 6 $1,334
New York Sydney Wed, Sep 10 - Wed, Sep 17 $1,585
Shanghai Sydney Sat, Sep 6 - Tue, Sep 30 $731
Auckland Sydney Wed, Sep 3 - Sun, Sep 7 $307
Nadi Sydney Fri, Aug 15 - Thu, Aug 28 $632
Philadelphia Sydney Thu, Sep 4 - Tue, Sep 16 $1,781
Minneapolis Sydney Mon, Sep 8 - Wed, Sep 24 $1,726
Chicago Sydney Fri, Aug 22 - Thu, Sep 11 $1,718
Vancouver Sydney Mon, Sep 1 - Tue, Sep 30 $1,470
Newark Sydney Thu, Sep 18 - Thu, Sep 25 $1,903
Charlotte Sydney Sun, Sep 21 - Tue, Sep 30 $1,833
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Sydney highlights

  • 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.

Insider tips for Sydney gay travel

  • 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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