Sydney's Romantic Beachside Restaurants

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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Serengale Retreat – Gay Friendly Retreat in Victoria, Australia

Serengale Retreat Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Beautifully placed, stylish luxury is the promise of this self-contained accommodation nestled within 14 private acres adjoining Serengale Vineyard. Perfect for couples, getaways, groups and families for up to 10 people, this is an invitation to turn off the fast pace of life and slow down for a while. Serengale Retreat has been meticulously renovated with two spacious living areas, five generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, contemporary furnishings, original artworks and a gourmet kitchen that would gratify the discerning chef. With every room framing a captivating view of rolling pasture, native garden or the Australian bush it is the ultimate in space and privacy. You can stay at home and relax by the log fire, share meals and wine under the veranda or in the large dining room, stroll through the native garden, explore the forest walk, arrange a pamper package or enjoy a private wine tasting at Serengale Vineyard. For those wanting to explore further, cycle the rail and mountain bike trails, explore the National Parks, historic Beechworth and the Milawa Gourmet Region all only a short drive away. Whether you are looking for a weekend retreat, time with friends or family or a holiday experience to remember, Serengale Retreat is the ideal destination.

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Bright Deluxe Accommodation – Gay Friendly Townhome in Bright, Victoria, Australia

Bright Deluxe Accommodation Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: A 2 Bedroom townhouse , nestled on a tree lined street, amongst beautiful elms in the quaint town of Bright, Victoria sits Bright Deluxe Accommodation – waiting for you to relax and enjoy our area. Situated on a residential street known for its quiet tranquillity consisting of Lockup garage, private courtyard, fronts onto iconic Rail Trail, full size kitchen/dining/lounge, beautiful decor with a splash of antiques located walking distance to Bright central. Available as holiday rental, please ring or email for enquiry or bookings for rates.

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Celebrity, Activism and Glitter

Courtney Act - Sydney Mardi Gras Sydney Mardi Gras closed with a glitzy concert with the likes of Courtney Act and Conchita Wurst, the party continuing into the night. The parade had 178 floats and over 12,500 participants marching. Participants included representatives from indigenous Australians and other ethic communities, the police force, political floats and the 78ers – the people who marched for the very first time in 1978, and were brutally attacked by the police. Participants included representatives from indigenous Australians and other ethic communities, the police force, political floats and the 78ers – the people who marched for the very first time in 1978, and were brutally attacked by the police.

By Jack Flanagan – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Holmwood Guesthouse – Cowes, Victoria, Australia

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

Holmwood is a gorgeous guesthouse on Phillip Island, home of the famous fairy penguins. Close to beach and shops we provide the perfect escape summer and winter. Check out our website.

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Decadence Defined

Sydney Mardi Gras Photo / Destination New South Wales[/caption] Dramatic drag queens and droll drag kings. Bears (the hairy-male type), bogans and Bananas in Pyjamas. Grooving and gyrating mer-drags, macho muscle Mary’s and minx-y mistresses. Sinewy prancers, dancers, hula-hoopers and hedonists in harnesses. With such decadence and debauchery, it could only be Sydney Mardi Gras – the annual glittering gem of a pride event that showcases the diversity of Sydney’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) communities. Now in its 38th year, Mardi Gras marks a high point in Sydney’s social calendar and holds its own as an internationally recognised celebration of equality, passion and freedom. Borne from a rocky start, this much-loved parade originally began as a protest. Following years of hiding their sexuality, a group of around 1000 men and women took to Sydney’s inner-city streets on Saturday June 24, 1978, to march for the recognition of their rights. Despite the peaceful intentions of those who protested, the police reaction was violent, and many arrests were made.

By Emilia Mazza – Full Story at The NZ Herald

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Flamboyant, Fabulous Fun

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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