From: Friday, February 16, 2024
To: Sunday, March 3, 2024
Sydney Mardi Gras 2024
Sydney’s Mardi Gras is one of the most iconic gay celebrations in the world. The event features a colourful parade, spectacular circuit events, pool parties, after parties and outdoor events. The Program is long – but so is the Journey – & Its worth it!
- Visiting for Mardi Gras? Stay in Darlinghurst , the focal point of the annual Mardi Gras festival and home to some of Australia’s longest-running and best-known LGBTQI bars.
Fair Day in Victoria Park
- Sunday February 18th 2024 – Join over 80,000 people in Victoria Park for a free, fun-filled celebration of Australia’s communities with delicious food, rides, market stalls, comedy, dance and live music to boot.
- Whether you are in the mood for a picnic or a party, whether you’re eight or 85, Fair Day offers something for everyone, kicking off the fortnight to come. Chill with a picnic spread, browse the community stalls or kick up your heels and have a dance.
- Stay close to Victoria Park. The Old Clare Hotel is rated “Fabulous” by guests and features spacious rooms, a great rooftop bar and gorgeous pool.
Sydney Mardi Gras 2024 Parade
- Saturday March 2nd 2024 – The 46th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade takes over Oxford Street for one of the most spectacular parades featuring elaborate floats, famous faces and over the top dance routines!
- The parade continues along Flinders Street and Anzac Parade as part of the biggest night-time LGBTQIA+ Parade in the world.
Mardi Gras Party
- Saturday March 2nd 2024 – The Mardi Gras Party – After the spectacular Parade, come and enjoy the night with over 12,000 of your newest and closest friends!
- The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI event of the year, with music, light and performances.
- Awaiting lineup and venue.
- Stay close to Hyde Park. Check out the Sheraton Grand, with views of the park. The hotel is right on the doorstep of the busy gay bars on Oxford Street.
- Awaiting Dates – Laneway, a cherished tradition of the Mardi Gras Festival, has evolved from a couple of milk crates and a portable stereo on Hill Street, Surry Hills, to a full-blown street party across the Beresford Hotel & surrounding laneways.
- Expect live music, diva drop-ins, pop-up drag shows and world-class DJs across a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Stay close to the venue in Surry Hills. Feel like a local in your own apartment at the Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar, offering full suite amenities and just steps from the bustling and vibrant gay scene.
Other Events & Parties
- Other popular events include The Sissy Ball and the Candyland closing pool event.
- For a touch of class, head into the city to Ivy, which features a popular open-air Pool Club Bar for the beautiful people and their admirers.
- Ivy celebrates Sydney Mardi Gras with a Pool Party, meant to evoke the decadent atmosphere of Palm Springs and St Tropez.
Gay Sydney during Mardi Gras
- Darlinghurst – In Sydney, bustling inner-city Darlinghurst is the focal point of the annual Mardi Gras festival and home to some of Australia’s longest-running and best-known LGBTQI bars, such as The Colombian and the Stonewall Hotel, where you can catch drag shows and dance on podiums until late.
- The neighbouring suburbs of Surry Hills and Potts Point are queer hubs, too; both spots are known for their concentrations of top restaurants and their well-dressed residents.
- Newtown – (10 Mins drive from Sydney city centre) – Think of Newtown as Darlinghurst’s wonderfully weird bohemian cousin. Newtown’s main thoroughfare, King Street, has long been a popular hangout for students, artists, musicians and members of the LGBTQI community, while its leafy backstreets and pretty old terrace houses attract hip families and young professionals. Newtown also boasts some of the best casual dining in Sydney.
- In nearby Erskineville, the Imperial Hotel has been an LGBTQI meeting spot since the 1980s.
Top Gay bars in Sydney
- ARQ – Popular nightclub with 2 spaces featuring regular drag performances and DJs spinning house, possibly the city’s most delightfully trashy gay nightclub.
- THE BEACHAM – Newly renovated. Come for the Sunday sesh! Enjoy Chicken Parmigiana, Beef Wellington, and happy hour from 4pm to 6pm. 265 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
- THE BEARDED TIT – The Bearded Tit is a haven for rebels and queer artists in Redfern, encouraging emerging work and performances. 183 Regent Street, Redfern
- THE BERESFORD – Celebrating good times in Surry Hills? The Beresford is open Tuesday to Sunday; enjoy wood-fired pizza, pappardelle, and happy hour from 6pm to 8pm. 354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
- THE BURDEKIN HOTEL – Darlinghurst’s 5-storey icon is open Tuesday to Sunday with drag trivia, Italo-dining, and bottomless brunch. You can enjoy heavy metal to princess pop at this icon! 2 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
- CHING-A-LINGS – This Darlinghurst, softly lit sanctuary is open Wednesday to Sunday, complete with exposed brick, low ceilings, couches, a rooftop, and drag performances. Level 1/133 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
- THE COLOMBIAN HOTEL – Sip cocktails and enjoy the rooftop sunset at this Oxford Street after-hours gay bar. Patrons can enjoy themed parties, DJs, and mirror balls. 117-125 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
- THE IMPERIAL – The jewel of Erskineville holds Priscilla’s restaurant, UP-rooftop bar and Basement bar. Enjoy nightly drag, Wednesday to Sunday and happy hour, 5pm to 7pm. 35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
- KINSELAS – Darlinghurst’s Kinselas is open every day with 6pm to 8pm happy hour, drag trivia, pool tables, and three levels with bars. 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
- OXFORD HOTEL – This 100-year-old landmark is open seven days a week, entertaining patrons with trivia, drag, RuPaul watch parties and RuGirls Coco Jumbo and Maxi Shield. 134 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
- PALMS ON OXFORD – This classic Darlinghurst nightclub is open from Thursday to Sunday. Party the night away at the tropical-themed bar with 80s and 90s dance hits. 124 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
- POOF DOOF SYDNEY – Sydney’s gay rave is hosted by Poof Doof every Saturday at Ivy – join the dance parties and drag queens to bring on the weekend. 330 George Street, Sydney
- THE RED RATTLER THEATRE INC – This queer-run community performing arts centre in Marrickville supports emerging and established artists and a warehouse theatre for performances, drinks, and music. 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville
- STONEWALL HOTEL – The Heart of the Community is open seven days a week. Patrons can enjoy drag, DJs, cocktails, and happy hour from 6pm to 8pm. 175 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
- UNIVERSAL – Universal is a two-level party destination. Ground floor hosts drag shows seven days a week. Friday to Sunday, upstairs welcomes DJs and light shows. 85-91 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Where to stay during Sydney Pride?
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to the gay bars, pride parties and tourist attractions:
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5 Star, Luxury
Located on Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD (Central Business District), Pullman Sydney Hyde Park features 2 restaurants and a rooftop pool and patio. All guest rooms offer views of the park or city and feature an LCD TV with cable channels. Pullman Sydney’s spacious guestrooms each include a desk, seating area and internet access. Guests can work out in the fitness centre.
5 Star, Readers Choice
Situated in the heart of Surry Hills in Sydney, Crystalbrook Albion offers accommodation with an eclectic mix of heritage and contemporary details. It features a 24-hour desk with a team of hosts available to offer individualized service, a rooftop garden oasis with views over Surry Hills and Sydney city and an honour bar featuring top-shelf beverages and gourmet nibbles.
4 Star, Great Value
Situated just 2 minutes’ walk from Hyde Park and Oxford Street, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Sydney offers air-conditioned apartments, secure covered car parking, plus a restaurant and café. All apartments feature an LCD TV, an in-room safe and a hairdryer. Full kitchen facilities or a kitchenette are also provided. Guests have access to laundry and dry cleaning facilities
Rydges Sydney Central
4 Star, Location
Located on the edge of the Sydney Central Business District, Rydges Sydney Central features a 15 m indoor pool, a spa, 1 bar and 2 restaurants. All rooms and suites at the Rydges Sydney Central come with deluxe beds and custom furnishings. Modern amenities include internet access and a large flat-screen TV. Guests can work-out in the fitness centre and unwind in the sauna.
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- Known as Sydney’s LGBTQ+ hub,
- Darlinghurst is home to the famous Oxford Street, lined with LGBTQ+-friendly bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops.
- It’s the heart of the city’s LGBTQ+ scene and hosts the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
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