Sydney Mardi Gras 2019

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

  • Event Dates

    From: Friday, Feb 15th, 2019
    To: Sunday, Mar 3rd, 2019

  • Key Highlights

    Fair Day on Sunday 17 February and the huge Parade and Party night on Saturday 2 March.

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.

Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action

Meriton Suites,   Pullman Sydney,   Hotel Stellar,   Rydges Sydney

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Where to Stay

If you want to be close to the main attractions and a stones trow from the gay nightlife, the CBD (Central Business District) is the ideal location and home to the city’s best hotels.

The traditional centre of queer life has been Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. It is still one of the most popular strips at night for partying.

Nearby Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay have become the home to the smart party set.

North Bondi is home to the popular gay beach. Head inland a bit and you come to trendy Newtown.

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Recommended Hotels in Sydney

For clubbing and nightlife, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst/Surry Hills is still the heart of gay Sydney. Most of the hotels we have selected are close to these districts. Newtown, Erskineville and Glebe are worthy of a visit. These villages have great communities, cafes, pubs and eateries. Kings Cross/Potts Point area aslo offers great gay-friendly dining options.

Meriton Suites
5 Star, Luxury

Meriton Suites



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Sydney’s World Tower, floor 61 & above, Luxury suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views

Pullman Sydney
5 Star, Great Pool



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Located on Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD featuring 2 restaurants and a rooftop pool and patio with spacious rooms.

Hotel Stellar, 4 Star
Readers Choice



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Located in the heart of Sydney, just 80 m from Hyde Park & Oxford Street,spacious apartments with kitchen.

Rydges Sydney Central
4 Star, Great Location

Rydges Sydney



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Located on the edge of the Sydney CBD featuring a 15 m indoor pool, a spa, 2 bars, 2 restaurants and a cafe.

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