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Guided Walking Tour of Sydney's LGBT History and Hangouts

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

Highlights
  • 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)

Description

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!

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.

Includes

  • Choice of alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink

  • English-speaking guide
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Guided Walking Tour of Sydney's LGBT History and Hangouts

Duration: 2 hour(s)
Available: Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Choice of alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 18:30

    Meet at Hyde Park Barracks Piazza

  • Learn About Sydney's LGBT History

    Hear tales about some of Sydney's most impressive LGBT historical figures from the governor of New South Wales who shocked the British empire, a gangster known as the "most violent woman in Sydney" and a bushranger hanged in Darlinghurst Gaol.

  • See the Heart of Sydney's LGBT Scene, Oxford Street

    Explore the eastern part of the city near Hyde Park and the Botanical Gardens. Head towards the bright lights of the gay strip located in Oxford Street. Hear dark tales about the crime groups, corrupt cops, murders and the transformation of Oxford St. into the main gay district of Sydney.

  • Find Out About Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival

    Expand your knowledge about the city's popular Mardi Gras festival, an LGBT pride parade, and learn about how and why it started. Today, it has become one of Australia's biggest tourist draws, and one of the largest events on the festival calendar of the city.

  • Have a Drink at a Local Gay Pub

    End the tour at a friendly gay hangout where you will enjoy a drink, meet locals and unwind in a fun atmosphere.

  • 20:30

    Tour Disbands at the Stonewall

  • (For Check-In) Hyde Park Barracks Piazza (Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney) Time: 18:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) The Stonewall (175 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia) Time: 20:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Hyde Park Barracks Piazza (Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney) Time: 18:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) The Stonewall (175 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia) Time: 20:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • People 18 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

Additional Note(s)
  • Tour will be operated with a maximum of 12 guests.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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