Sydney LGBT History Tour with Mardi Gras Visit

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What To Expect

Hear the stories and see the sites that define Sydney as one of the friendliest cities for gay and lesbian culture in the world.


  • Hear the hidden tales of key gay and lesbian figures who shaped the Sydney landscape

  • Check out Oxford Street, the traditional heart of Sydney’s gay and lesbian scene

  • Learn about the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

  • Have a drink at an iconic gay hangout (and maybe share a table with a drag queen)


Evening Tours in Australia
Departs From:
Meeting Point:
Hyde Park Barracks Museum Piazza (Queens Square)
2 hours
Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6:30 PM
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Sydney is one of the world's great gay and lesbian cities - with plenty of stories waiting for you to uncover. Learn about the gay governor of New South Wales whose conduct scandalised the British Empire, the gay bushranger who was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the "most violent woman in Sydney," a tough lesbian criminal who carried a knuckleduster in her handbag and stole male gangsters' girlfriends.

Starting out at Hyde Park Barracks, explore the eastern part of the city near Hyde Park and the Botanical Gardens before heading toward the bright lights of the gay strip on Oxford Street. Your local guide will share dark tales of organised crime, corrupt cops, murder and Oxford Street's ultimate transformation into the centre of gay life in Sydney in the 1970s.

And, of course, a tour of gay and lesbian Sydney wouldn't be complete without a look at the city's famous Mardi Gras - how it started, why it began, and how it's become one of the largest events on Sydney's festival calendar.

The tour finishes at a friendly gay pub where you'll have a drink on us, rub shoulders with locals and see why Sydney is one of the friendliest gay and lesbian cities in the world.

This tour is designed for everyone - gay, lesbian, or straight. So don't worry, no matter who you are or how you identify, you'll be welcomed!


  • Local guide

  • Choice of alcoholic / non-alcoholic drink


  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Note that tour will visit a bar so please wear appropriate footwear. Bringing of drinking water is also recommended.

  • Guests must be at least 18 years old to join this tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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