Sydney is one of the most inclusive cities in the world and celebrates its gay and lesbian culture with gusto. On this walking tour you'll explore local gay and lesbian heritage, visit cosmopolitan Oxford Street — home of the world-famous Mardi Gras parade, and enjoy a drink at an iconic gay bar.

AUD $59pp

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Cultural Walking Tour
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 6pm
Departs from: Hyde Park Barracks Piazza, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘This tour was so well done and so much fun! Fascinating history and a lovely way to see the city. I would highly recommend it! Our tour guide Kathryn was such an angel – extremely knowledgable, friendly, and so much fun to be around. I can’t overstate how great she was. If you have a free evening in Sydney, definitely take this tour!’ Tripp B

Tour highlights

  • Visit the cosmopolitan Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst with a local guide
  • Learn about the gay and lesbian characters in history that shaped Sydney
  • Stroll along Oxford Street — Sydney’s famous gay strip
  • Learn the history of the Sydney Mardi Gras, and about the role it plays in the local community
  • Enjoy a relaxed drink with your guide at an iconic gay bar
  • Maximum group size: 12.

What's included

  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Expert commentary
  • One house drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

Pricing

Adults: AUD $59pp

This tour is not suitable for children. Minimum age: 18 years

What you can expect

Discover the colourful subculture of one of the most gay and lesbian-friendly cities in the world on this Sydney Gay and Lesbian Cultural Walking Tour. Gay or straight, you’re welcome to come along and explore a vibrant part of Sydney that many visitors miss. You’ll visit sites of important to the local gay community and hear about the fascinating chapters in history that have helped defined Sydney’s gay and lesbian culture. You’ll also learn about the establishment of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras — one of the world’s biggest parties — back in 1978!

You’ll meet your guide and fellow guests at the historic Hyde Park Barracks on the eastern edge of the city, before heading off on foot through Hyde Park towards Oxford Street in Darlinghurst — renowned as the epicentre of gay life in Sydney. Along the way your guide will recount the fascinating stories of key gay and lesbian figures from Sydney’s history, including a governor, and even a gay bushranger — who was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol. [More]

As your Sydney Gay and Lesbian Cultural Walking Tour makes its way up famous Oxford Street, you’ll learn about the precinct’s early notoriety for poverty, organised crime and corruption. It’s a far cry from its reputation today as one of the inner-city’s hippest neighbourhoods.

You’ll also hear about the humble beginnings of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which was first staged to mark International Gay Solidarity Day and commemorate the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969. Today, Mardi Gras is one of the biggest and most spectacular events on the Sydney calendar.

This Sydney Gay and Lesbian Cultural Walking Tour wraps up with a relaxed drink at one of the city’s iconic gay bars. It’s a chance to meet and mingle with members of the friendly local community.

Guest reviews

  • Tripp B (12/2/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    This tour was so well done and so much fun! Fascinating history and a lovely way to see the city. I would highly recommend it! Our tour guide Kathryn was such an angel – extremely knowledgable, friendly, and so much fun to be around. I cannot overstate how great she was. If you have a free evening in Sydney, definitely take this tour!

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address, including tour departure details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

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Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

One house drink is included in the cost of your tour. Additional drinks can be purchased (own expense).

This tour operates in all weather conditions.

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