"Sydney - the gay mecca of
the southern hemisphere."
of Sydney Mardigras 2000)
Sydney enjoying summer while we are shivering under cloudy skies,
the city can seem the perfect mid-winter destination. Certainly
the 2 week Mardi Gras festival which culminates in the World famous
parade, 1st Saturday in March, draws in the crowds from all corners
of the globe. In Sydney's favour are the stunningly beautiful
harbour, well organised night-life and the welcome provided by
the residents of Sydney themselves.
downside, if there is one, is the unpredictable weather - yes
it frequently rains - and the growing number of suburban straights
& backpackers who descend for the parade. Mardi Gras is big business
with backing from major brewers, media etc. which means book early
if you want accommodation and those all important party tickets
for after the parade.
contrast between the week prior and after the parade could not
be greater as you see the hoards of cosmopolitan muscleboys &
girls evaporate into thin air come Monday morning.
more to Sydney though, with beaches gallour and vast sporting
activity. Oxford St. is the centre for all the night-life, gay
& straight, with drag bars rubbing shoulders with leather haunts,
however the scene outside Mardi Gras parade weekend is smaller
than that in London, Manchester or Amsterdam.
Everyone will have heard of Sydney's famous Opera House overlooking
the magnificent harbour. Also worth visiting are the AMP Tower
(entrance Pitt Street), the Aquarium in Darling Harbour. If you
get a chance take in a harbour cruise, the scenery is amazing
and finally check out the beaches.
Bars and Clubs:
The great thing about Sydney is that the majority of gay bars
and clubs are all centred along and around Oxford Street. This
makes it easy to walk/stagger from bars to bar. It partcular we've
recommend the following: Arc is a great gay club (watch those
revolving doors though), The Albery Hotel for a mix of drag queens
and steroid toned bar boys, The Stonewall for a great bar atmosphere
and Midnight Shift for late night drinking/disco. The is also
a very popular monthly club event ("Hey Homo" at Home
in Darling Harbour.
As well as the magnificant harbour Sydney is also famous for its
beaches including Bondi, Manley, Coogee Beach. If you get a sunny
day head off to any of these beautiful beaches. Bondi and Cougee
can be reached by bus or taxi, for Manley take the ferry from
circular quay next to the Opera House. Remember the ozone layer
over Australia is severly lacking so a couple of hours in the
sun can lead to sunburn. For once listen to the advice about a
high factor suncreme.
those of you wanting to keep up your fitness routine you should
Gym 107-113 Crown Street Tel: (02) 9361 0347 which is packed
full of muscle marys "keeping themselves nice" etc.
City Gym also offer a 10 visit package for around AUS$75/£35.
Summer in Sydney is a totally unique experience any fun-loving
gay guy will love. If you can coincide your trip to include Mardi
Gras you will see an already fantastic city at its best.
is also undergoing a make over prior to the Summer 2000 Olympics
which take place in the city. As well as new buildings going up
everywhere the city is getting spruced up generally.
Gay and Lesbian Mardigras 2000
is the reason Sydney is swamped with queens at the end of Feb/beginning
March and in fact was the reason for our visit. This years parade
took place on Saturday 4th March 2000. There are about three weeks
of events in the run up to the day itself so you may wish to time
your holiday to coincide with this period. (Review
of Sydney Mardigras 2000)
Sydney Mardigras 2000 website
Morning Herald coverage of Mardigras 2000
Sydney MardiGras includes links to gay friendly accommodation
Guide to Sydney
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following travel agents and airlines can probably help you arrange
From personal experience Sydney is a beautiful city and certainly
a gay friendly holiday destination. During Mardi Gras the atmosphere
is electric and combined with a amenable climate you should be
set for a great holiday. The Oxford Street gay scene is a lot
of fun although a little on the tatty side and fans of London's
club scene may be a bit disappointed in the lack of choice. And
finally the weather isn't always what you expect. Although the
climate is warm, out of a fortnight we only had five good days.
A colleague who went the year before only have three good days
so pack a brolly.