Gay Sydney – Sydney Travel Guide Travel Guides > Australia > Gay Sydney – Sydney Curation by Jamie McGhee, words by Ian PackhamAs the largest, wildest, and most uncompromising of Australia’s cities, Sydney wears its heart on its sleeve. Stunning panoramas abound, unfurling behind the deep sapphire waters of its famed harbour. Yet even from the glittering towers and colonial gems of the Central Business District (CBD), you don’t have to stroll far to find yourself communing with nature, as the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, and mighty Pacific Ocean beaches lie right on the city’s doorstep. Thanks to the warm climate, Sydneysiders can be found outside and socialising at all times of the year. Sydney has come a long way from the mass arrests at the first annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade a generation ago, which has since become a world-famous event attracting hundreds of thousands of participants. If you’re not in town for the big day itself, you can still jump into the thriving gay community, centred around the Darlinghurst neighbourhood and Oxford Street. For your definitive Sydney gay guide, you’ve come to the right place. Feel like getting away? Take a trip planned just for you, and let us do all the work. Discover Trip Design Hotels Things to do Things to see Food & Drink Shopping Nightlife Trip Design The best hotels in SydneyLet’s start this gay Sydney travel guide with a roundup of the best places to stay in Sydney. Located right around the corner from the independent stores and cafes on Oxford Street, the centre of Sydney’s gay scene, the top-end Adge Apartment Hotel features crisply designed and eclectically furnished hotel apartments. Each open-plan two-bedroom and penthouse comes complete with a full kitchen, a personal grocery shopper, stunning works of graffiti by local artists, and an extraordinary skyline view.The Darling, meanwhile, offers a haven for those looking to unwind in tranquillity. At Sydney’s only Forbes five-star rated boutique hotel, the watchword is bespoke, with everything from oak chairs to handmade drinking glasses carefully curated for each room. Although it’s located just ten minutes from the CBD, you don’t need to leave the hotel to enjoy comforts such as the Moroccan hammam, a steam room, or 11 other treatment rooms.Classic kisses the contemporary at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, which features spacious modern lofts in a heritage-listed building. Its bohemian interiors boast loving attention to detail, demonstrated through thoughtful touches such as each room’s unique bedhead art, free barista-made coffee, and complimentary drinks each evening. The harbour views are particularly sublime from the split-level rock n’ roll themed suites, where a designated ‘play’ area and a personal cocktail bar promise the full rock star experience.If you’d rather live more like a local than a celebrity, the four-star Veriu Broadway promises a taste of true Sydney life. At check-in, where you can pick up a bike free of charge, a dedicated Sydneysider host will introduce you to the city’s overlooked gems and show you what to do in Sydney to sample the best of local life. The hotel’s central location, a stone’s throw from the CBD, Chinatown, and Darling Square, puts the entire city at your fingertips.For a taste of Sydney’s famous beach culture, there’s nowhere better than the timeless style of Hotel Bondi, overlooking Bondi Beach and the Pacific Ocean. A party-lover’s paradise, this boutique three-star hotel offers its own on-site bottle shop, access to lively bars and a beer garden, and regular live DJ sets. Felix HoteliRecommended hotels in Gay Sydney – Sydney Hotels - Gay Sydney – Sydney Ovolo Woolloomooloo Bridging heritage and modern luxury, indulge in the rich history of the wharf complemented by contemporary designs and tech-savvy inclusions. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Sydney – Sydney Veriu Broadway Veriu Broadway offers modern, self-contained accommodation in Sydney. Indulge in shopping at Broadway shopping centre, 3 minutes’ from the property. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Sydney – Sydney The Darling at The Star Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at The Darling at The Star. Featuring a casino, a day spa and 20 bars and restaurants. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Sydney – Sydney Hotel Bondi Located across the road from Bondi Beach, you can enjoy a meal at the onsite bar and restaurant or use the gaming lounge facilities. Some rooms have a balcony with sea views. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Sydney – Sydney Adge Apartment Hotel ADGE Hotel dares to be different, with cutting-edge design and a 5-star strong guest focus. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Sydney – Sydney Felix Hotel This boutique hotel offers a 24h food shop with a selection of self-serve gourmet meals. Guests can relax at the cocktail bar with views or watch a movie at the outdoor, rooftop cinema. Book on Booking.com Hotels - Gay Sydney – Sydney The Old Clare Hotel Situated in central Sydney, the hotel has a sun terrace and a bar where guests can enjoy an evening drink. Bike hire, personal training and yoga classes are also available. Book on Booking.com Explore more hotels like this in Sydney View on Booking.comPowered by Booking.comThank you for reading Mr Hudson.Subscribe to Travel Guides or log in to continue reading. 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