Sydney’s Romantic Beachside Restaurants

Author: , November 17th, 2016

Sydney

Sydney’s waterfront offers beautiful scenery and a classically romantic setting to enjoy quality time with your loved one. It’s not a surprise then to find a number of romantic restaurants with good quality food on the beachside. If you are planning for a lovely date night, you should check out the below selection of Sydney’s best waterfront restaurants.

The Boathouse

1 Marine Parade, Manly

The Boathouse is located on Shelly Beach and it offers a lovely, affordable restaurant experience with stunning scenery. The little spot is perfect for a late lunch or a romantic Sunday brunch and you could even just grab something on the go from the Kiosk. If you truly fall in love with the restaurant, you’ll be excited to hear they also provide catering for weddings and other events.

Pizzaperta

The Star Sydney, Harbourside Entry, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Italian food is among the best date night options you can pick. A slice of tasty pizza, a glass of a wine and the calm sea in front of you is definitely an experience you want to share with a special person. The casual setting is great for first dates or for those sudden decisions to do something fun together. The infused cocktails are definitely worth checking out as well!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Flamboyant, Fabulous Fun

Author: , January 22nd, 2016

Sydney Mardi Gras

Half a tonne of glitter and 5 kilometres of fabric is needed to get Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade on the road, and it shows. The gigantic street parade is a dazzler. Dressing up in feathers or leathers isn’t just for those in the show – people in the huge crowd of onlookers also tog up in weird and wonderful ways such as their favourite comic character, movie star (Marilyn Monroe is a favourite), or even the Sphinx.

Anything goes in the circus-like event, which has grown way beyond its original platform for the gay community to express themselves in all their diversity, and display their love of putting on a show. It’s become a gigantic street party and a sea of happy faces that anyone can join.

Mardi Gras is a must-see for visitors to the city in early March. The loud, lurid, and licentious cross-dressers generally grab all the media attention but the parade is more than just a huge-scale drag performance.

By Philip Keating – Full Story at Stuff.co.nz

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Gay Sydney: Clubs, Bars and Queer Culture

Author: , November 2nd, 2015
Photograph: Julian Chung for the Guardian

Photograph: Julian Chung for the Guardian

Outsiders consider Sydney to be something of a queer mecca: a city that hosts wildly popular events such as the annual Mardi Gras parade, celebrates exhibitionism on dozens of packed beaches, and charms visitors of all stripes with progressive culture and laid-back locals. In many respects, it is one of the best places in the world to be queer, boasting a proud history, a vibrant alternative arts movement, and strong legal protections for minorities. Same-sex marriage is apparently just around the corner.

But Sydney’s LGBTQI scene is in the midst of upheaval – and it has left some newcomers bewildered. In recent years, conservative governments at state and federal levels have emboldened Sydney’s less-tolerant residents. Meanwhile, the introduction of laws that restrict late-night socialising in central Sydney’s party precincts has severely damaged Oxford Street, the city’s traditional gay strip. The edgier queer hub of Newtown, in Sydney’s inner west, has suffered from an influx of mainstream revellers who have been displaced by the same laws that harmed Oxford Street. Many Newtown residents say they now feel less comfortable in the area – and a recent, highly-publicised assault on a transgender woman at a Newtown venue has compounded their unease.

As a result, queer culture in Sydney is dispersing and heading underground. Venue operators are seeking spaces in emerging precincts such as Marrickville and Redfern, and some promoters have adopted a nomadic stance, moving their events from club to club as the situation evolves. The queer arts scene is strong, with many young practitioners embracing a DIY ethos in response to the uncertainty (local community radio remains a lifeline for those looking to hook in to the arts scene). And, while Oxford Street is definitely hurting, a handful of Sydney’s “traditional” queer venues continue to thrive there in spite of the challenging climate.

By Dan F. Stapleton – Full Story at The Guardian

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City Sundays: Sydney

Author: , September 20th, 2015

City Sundays: Sydney

Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Sydney is an amazingly gay friendly city – home to the famous (some say infamous) Mardi Gras. It’s also the capital of New South Wales, with more than 4 million people. And we swear half of them must be gay.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Sydney page here:

http://www.purpleroofs.com/southpacific/australia/newsouthwales/nswsydney.html

And our Sydney articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=sydney

Featured Gay Accommodations: Skyline Retreat Vacation Rental, Boat Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

Author: , February 16th, 2015

Skyline Retreat

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Vacation Rental in Boat Harbour, New South Wales, Australia – Skyline Retreat is an architecturally designed, luxury townhouse which enjoys spectacular hinterland and Pacific Ocean views from one of the highest points in the Port Stephens region.

See the Skyline Retreat Vacation Rental Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Sydney Like a Local

Author: , January 28th, 2015

Sydney - Apple MapsHome of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.

24 year-old Sam Hawli was born and raised in Sydney. We caught up with him for his tips on how to get the most out of your visit…

What are some of the best things about living in Sydney?

The diversity of people, cultures and food. The beauty of the city. The range of choices we have for beaches. The work hard, play harder lifestyle. It truly is the city of opportunities.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at SOURCE | Sydney Gay Travel Resources

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Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up

Author: , January 26th, 2015

The Ten Year PlanFrom ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.

The festival will be held at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March in 2015.

Film fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the festival’s full program since the release of ten teaser films last November.

Now the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) has announced its full medley of classic and contemporary queer films for 2015 hailing from Australia and countries as far-reaching as Philippines, Kenya, and even the very first queer feature film from Sri Lanka.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces First 10 Films for 2015

Author: , December 18th, 2014

The CircleA sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

From Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March 2015 at Event Cinemas George Street, the festival will showcase a diverse range of LGBTI cinema from all corners of the globe, and several of the films will be making their debut at the festival.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Dates Announced for the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras

Author: , November 26th, 2014

Sydney Gay Mardi GrasThe 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival promises 17 days of parties and events from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March next year.

The first big event of the festival will be the popular Fair Day on Sunday 22 February which will see Sydney’s Victoria Park transformed into a massive gay pride picnic and markets with music stages and DJs scattered around the park.

Then on Friday 27 February female voices and experiences will be celebrated at Women Say Something, an annual panel discussion and forum where women role models and thinkers speak. The following day sees one of Sydney’s most popular day parties come to the picturesque Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens on the edge of Sydney Harbor – the annual Harbor Party.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Got New Year’s Plans Yet? How About Tropical Fruits?

Author: , June 23rd, 2014

Tropical FruitsIf the glitz and glamour of Sydney are all just a bit too much for you on New Year’s Eve, look no further than the beautiful Northern Rivers region of New South Wales! This year, why not tempt your palette with some Tropical Fruits. Tropical Fruits, the long running local LGBTI community organisation, is hosting their own NYE party and you’re all invited.

Set in Lismore, this 4-day experience will have you dancing the night away, lounging by the water during the day and enjoying the scenery of some of the most beautiful parts of Australia. It truly is the perfect experience for someone who wants to welcome the new year uniquely.

By Edmund – Full Story at Rainbow Tourism | Northern Rivers Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events