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Your guide to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024

3 min read
February 5
Things to do

2024 marks the 46th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival. From February 16 to March 3, Sydney will be a haven for LGBTQ+ travelers, hosting an array of events that celebrate diversity, activism, and Australia's LGBTQ+ history.

Sydney's LGBTQ+ history

Enjoy unity, love, and diversity in this vibrant parade of joy on Mardi Gras March

Sydney Mardi Gras traces its origins back to the historic night of June 24, 1979, when activists marched in solidarity for the anniversary of the Stonewall protests. While they faced adversity along their march, today's Mardi Gras stands strong as one of Australia's most famous events. Join the festivities down under that celebrate activism, protest, and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community.

Represent at these events

The vibrant heartbeat of the LGBTQ+ community pulses through moments of sheer relaxation and delight as it embraces the sun-kissed shores of Bondi Beach

Festivities open with the iconic Mardi Gras Parade, a dazzling display of creativity and pride, followed by the Mardi Gras Party, an epic night of music and revelry. The full program features a range of events with a blend of entertainment, culture, and activism.

Mardi Gras 2024 will be a dynamic celebration uniting people to honor the past, celebrate the present, and envision an even more inclusive future. Explore flights to Sydney to get in on the celebrations.

Discover Sydney's landmarks

Explore the timeless beauty of the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House
Explore the timeless beauty of the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House

At the heart of the city stands the legendary Sydney Opera House. After a facelift for its 50th anniversary last year, the concert hall never fails to impress. Right next door, the Sydney Harbour Bridge offers a thrilling climb.

Enjoy breathtaking views and windy photo ops with the Opera House as a backdrop. Bondi Beach, just 15 minutes from the city, offers fine white sand and crashing waves, while the pool at Bondi Icebergs Club adds to the seaside fun.

Farther north, Manly's tropical bays and Manly Bike Tours provide a scenic escape. Be your true self at the Chic Studio Walking Distance From Everything.

Make it unforgettable

Enjoy a day of culture and inspiration at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia
Enjoy a day of culture and inspiration at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia

If you’re traveling from faraway, make the most of your trip with these epic sightseeing activities. For a sky-high adventure, book a seaplane ride and enjoy stunning views of the city, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge.

Luxury boat trips provide gorgeous views of Sydney's coves and islands. Dive into Sydney's artistic side with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s diverse exhibitions. Consider a car rental to explore lesser-known beaches near Sydney.

Learn how to stand-up paddleboard at Balmoral Bay or kayak around the cove to Palm Beach.

Explore the city's LGBTQ+ culture

Let your path shine with the vibrancy of pride and diversity under the Sydney sun

Immerse yourself in the vibrant LGBTQ+ culture that defines Sydney. Venture into Darlinghurst, where Oxford Street has been the heart of the LGBTQ+ scene since the mid-20th century.

Crown Street is a hub for nightly shows and entertainment, featuring LGBTQ+ venues like the iconic Imperial Hotel Bar and Universal. Dance, enjoy drag shows, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ spirit in Sydney. Explore LGBTQ+ hotspots like The Bearded Tit or Carriageworks.

Where to eat

Savor the spirit of pride while quenching your thirst with refreshing beverages from LGBTQ+ businesses

Sydney's culinary scene is a seafood lover's dream that celebrates fresh flavors, especially the cherished oyster. From the communal feasts at Nour in Surry Hills to the delicious pasta at Wynyard's Shell House, the city caters to all tastes.

Explore Fish Butchery for innovative fish-based creations, spanning cured meats to ice cream. From take-out to leisurely dining at venues like Saint Peter and Charcoal Fish, Sydney has something for everyone.

Explore numerous LGBTQ+ owned and operated businesses like Long Chim Cafe in Potts Point.

The best part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is that all are welcome. Soak up the joyous atmosphere of the city during this spectacular celebration.