Sydney’s Romantic Beachside Restaurants

Author: , November 17th, 2016


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.


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

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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

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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

Lesbian Travel: Australia’s Blue Mountains

Author: , April 18th, 2014

Australia Gay TravelA treehouse with a spa? 90 minutes from Sydney? Think craftsman-built treesort in the Blue Mountains.

If you seek a private escape where you can relax and enjoy the easy pace of this World Heritage wilderness, then try these alternative accommodation called Wollemi Wilderness Love Cabins. Situated on a stunning 600 acres of pristine bushland, six wilderness cabins are available for rent, including an exotic Tee Pee studio.

So tell me more

Wollemi’s eco cabins are premium self-contained accommodation for couples, families, creative workshops and corporate groups. The retreat encompasses two properties near the northern Blue Mountains communities of Bilpin and Mt. Tomah. In addition to the TeePee, there are traditional timber slab cabins and deluxe sandstone and timber bush houses. All of the dwellings are architectually unique and utilise eco-friendly waste management systems.

See the Full Story at Rainbow Tourism

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Sydney Mardi Gras Announces 2014 Calendar

Author: , November 29th, 2013

Sydney Mardi Gras 2014The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival is poised to deliver a kaleidoscope of colorful experiences in 2014, with a jam-packed program of cultural and community events running from Sunday 9 February through to Sunday 2 March, 2014.

Tickets for the 2014 Mardi Gras program went on sale today as organizers unveiled the first round of talent, icons and events that will headline the Asia-Pacific region’s biggest and most spectacular, celebration of LGBTI pride and diversity.

Based around the theme of ‘kaleidoscope’, the three-week festival will offer up an array of both free and ticketed events including fabulous parties, world-class artistic performances, a film festival, community, social and youth events, panel discussions and art exhibitions.

Authored By Andrew Potts – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Featured Property: Simpsons of Potts Point – Sydney, Australia

Author: , July 25th, 2010

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

Gay Friendly Sydney Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Simpsons of Potts Point - Sydney, AustraliaSimpsons of Potts Point the first choice of luxury boutique hotels in Sydney! This small and exclusive bed and breakfast luxury accommodation secret is waiting to be discovered for your stay in Sydney Australia!

This gracious and elegant small bed and breakfast boutique hotel in the historic Potts Point art deco district combines arts & crafts architectural heritage with a luxury bed & breakfast experience.

Located within walking distance of the Sydney CBD, Darlinghurst and Rushcutters Bay, Simpsons of Potts Point Boutique Hotel offers a superior level of personal service than the usual chain hotels, serviced apartments and other short term accommodation options. So sit back, relax and enjoy your time with us…

Simpsons of Potts Point boutique hotel offers a range of services to make your stay with us as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

See The Simpsons of Potts Point Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Byron Bay, Australia

Author: , June 27th, 2010
by Chris & Wayne, Revelwood Rainforest Retreat, Binna Burra, NSW, Australia
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Byron Bay SurfersByron Bay is one of the best loved areas on the gay tourist trail in Australia – and with good reason.

Situated on the sub-tropical New South Wales north coast, Byron is known for its relaxed, easy-going lifestyle and almost perfect climate.

Beautiful beaches, unspoilt rainforest and magnificent scenery make the Byron region a must. But there is more.

Over the last few decades, thousands of gay men and lesbians have left the cities looking for a better lifestyle – and landed up right here!

Kayak in Byron BayNot only is Byron Australia’s most gay-friendly regional area, it actually has the highest per capita gay population in the country. So say g’day to this very friendly part of the world, and you may make a few new gay friends as well.

At Kings Beach (below – they should rename it queens’ beach) you will walk down to the powder-white sand through magnificent littoral rainforest.

King's Beach, Byron BayPark your towel under a Pandanus palm – they’re nature’s umbrellas – and saunter into the surf. Even in winter the water is wonderfully warm.

Belongil Beach is Byron’s official nudist beach: you can shimmy out of your swimwear and stroll the sand for miles in either direction, encountering nothing but friendly smiles.

Not far from Belongil are the Tyagarah tea-tree lakes. As any Aussie will tell you, Australian tea-tree is one of nature’s wonders. Its medicinal properties are legend.

At Tyagarah, the tea-trees grow close to the lakes’ edges, dropping their leaves into the water, turning it into a natural (and free) herbal spa. Strip off, take a plunge and see how smooth your skin feels afterwards.

Byron Bay - Revelwood Rainforest RetreatRevelwood Rainforest Retreat is Byron’s only exclusively gay getaway. The B&B’s owners, Chris and Wayne, will go out of their way to ensure you have a great time – whether it’s whipping up a fabulous cooked breakfast, making sure you have the perfect pillow, pointing you in the right direction – or just letting you do your thing. Revelwood is surrounded by rainforest and beautiful Byron Creek, and is clothing-optional over much of its 15 acres. Yet its close proximity to the picturesque village of Bangalow puts you in easy reach of some of the region’s best restaurants, cafes and shopping.

You’d be crazy not to add Byron to your Aussie itinerary. Check out Revelwood’s website at or give the guys a call on +61 2 6687 2614.

Sydney Mardi Gras Mixes Pride and Politics

Author: , February 28th, 2010

The Australian annual ‘Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade’ on Saturday witnessed tens and thousands of people dancing and carousing their way through the streets of Sydney – some attired in classy costumes; while others ‘clothed’ merely in body paint and barest-minimum leaves.

The parade – which began in 1978 essentially as a protest march by homosexual and transsexual men and women – is currently one of the world’s biggest and most glitzy gay pride events.

This year’s event featured the theme, “History of the World” – a peek at gay history; and boasted the involvement of as many as 9,400 participants. The nearly 135 floats, which rolled out from William Square, were led by the well-known transsexual Amanda Lepore, who was scantily-dressed in a diamante G-string, and seated in an open-top Mercedes.

Full Story from Top News

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Australia: Gay Travel Expo in Sydney February 26th

Author: , February 17th, 2010

More than 20 travel exhibitors from places as exotic as South America through to Asia will bring the best travel deals to town on February 26. The Out Gay and Lesbian Travel Expo, at the Marriott Hotel from 5.30pm, will bring together the best in gay and lesbian travel opportunities.

The man behind the expo, Out Travel’s Reece Farmilo, said it was a chance for the community to talk to supportive travel and tourism operators from around the globe.

“Out Travel has been up and running for three years, and over that period we have build strong relations with airlines, wholesalers, tour operators and hotels who are very supportive of us as a specialised gay travel company,” he said.

Full Story from SSO
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