Sydney Mardi Gras 2019

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Australia’s largest celebration of LGBTQI culture and communities.

  • Event Dates

    From: Friday, Mar 1st, 2019
    To: Sunday, Mar 17th, 2019

  • Key Highlights

    Fair Day on Sunday 18 February and the huge Parade and Party night on Saturday 2 March.

  • Plan Ahead!

    Events in Sydney can book out up to 6 months in advance and rates increase the closer you get to the start date! Book well in advance to secure the best rate in a convenient location. The CBD district offers the most convenient options. Check rates.

Sydney Mardi Gras – The biggest gay party in the southern hemisphere!

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is the world’s premier gay and lesbian cultural festival. Spanning two weeks the Festival aims to increase visibility of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities and culture.

The Festival officially launches at an enormous community picnic in the park, Fair Day. This kicks off two weeks with almost one hundred cultural, sporting and social events to appeal to every taste.

The Harbour Party

With the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as its backdrop, Mardi Gras’ Harbour Party is the dance event with the view! Set in the tropical surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, with two beautiful garden dance floors, Harbour Party is the perfect recovery after the Parade the night before.

Fair Day

The biggest and best-loved community event of the Season, Fair Day will officially launch this year’s Mardi Gras and promises a fun, relaxed day out for all the family, even the pets! Up to 70,000 routinely turn out to sit on the grass, browse the stalls, gorge themselves on the plethora of delicacies available at the stalls, have a few drinks, but most of all to catch up with old friends – and make some new ones.

Some of the Mardi Gras festival’s best talents will entertain the crowds from the main stage, along with some special guests. There will be plenty of colour away from the stages too. Look out for those who’ve come out to win the Mr and Mrs Fair Day competitions.

The Parade

There’s no city in the world that comes out to cheer on its gay pride event quite like Sydney. On Mardi Gras night hundreds of thousands line the streets of Sydney to watch the colour, spectacle and outrageousness of the Parade. It’s not simply a great gay event. It is one of the most exuberant street celebrations you will see anywhere in the world and draws in tens of thousands of tourists every year.

Save on Hotels

Stay in the Principe Real district, where you will find the city’s best gay bars and clubs!

Gay Map of Sydney

Gay Bars and clubs in Sydney are found in the Darlinghurst area, along Oxford Street and in the trendy Surry Hills neighbourhood.

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Where to stay in SYDNEY?

Sydney has several gay districts, however the Central Business District offers the most convenient places to stay, close to the bars, clubs and tourists attractions of the city. Sydney city centre (comprising Pyrmont, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Central Business District) is relatively compact and can be explored on foot or by public transport, ride sharing and taxi.

Rydges World Square

Central Location

Rydges World Square

The Rydges enjoys an excellent central location, next to the World Square Shopping Centre and just a few minutes’ walk from the Oxford Street gay scene and 357 sauna. Comfortable rooms feature Rydges’ signature ‘Dream Bed’, minibar, safe, coffee-making facilities and free WiFi.

Vibe Hotel Sydney


Vibe Hotel Sydney

Vibe Sydney offers very good value for money and convenient location, close to the shopping district, gay bars on Oxford Street and some of the best sights in the city. Guest rooms are spacious, each featuring air conditioning, flat screen TV, minibar, safe and free WiFi.

Hotel Stellar

Apartment Style

Stellar Hotel

Located just steps away from Hyde Park and a few minutes’ walk from all the gay bars & clubs on Oxford Street. The hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, each of which has a kitchenette, flat screen TV and free WiFi.

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