Forbidden Sydney LGBTIQ

Adult
$59

Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the evolution of 200 years of gay and lesbian history in Sydney. From the gay governor whose conduct scandalised the British Empire to the bright lights of the gay strip on Oxford Street, hear the stories and see the sites that define Sydney as one of the friendliest cities for gay and lesbian culture in the world.

Sydney’s LGBT Scene Tour Highlights

  • Hear the hidden tales of key gay and lesbian figures who shaped the Sydney landscape
  • Check out Oxford Street, the traditional heart of Sydney’s gay and lesbian scene
  • Learn about the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • Have a drink at an iconic gay hangout (and maybe share a table with a drag queen)

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a choice of alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink at the conclusion of the tour.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips or gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Meeting point: Hyde Park Barracks Piazza (Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney)
  • Starting time: 6.00 PM
  • Ending point: Oxford St, Darlinghurst
  • Full Itinerary
  • Sydney is one of the world’s great gay and lesbian cities — with plenty of stories waiting for you to uncover. Learn about the gay governor of New South Wales whose conduct scandalised the British Empire, the gay bushranger who was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol, and the “most violent woman in Sydney,” a tough lesbian criminal who carried a knuckleduster in her handbag and stole male gangsters’ girlfriends.

    Starting out at Hyde Park Barracks, you explore the eastern part of the city near Hyde Park and the Botanical Gardens before your Sydney tour heads toward the bright lights of the gay strip on Oxford Street. Your local guide shares dark tales of organised crime, corrupt cops, murder, and Oxford Street’s ultimate transformation into the centre of gay life in Sydney in the 1970s.

    And, of course, a tour of gay and lesbian Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a look at the city’s famous Mardi Gras — how it started, why it began, and how it’s become one of the largest events on Sydney’s festival calendar.

    The tour finishes at a friendly gay pub where you have a drink on us, rub shoulders with locals, and see why Sydney is one of the friendliest gay and lesbian cities in the world.

    This tour is designed for everyone — gay, lesbian, or straight. So don’t worry, no matter who you are or how you identify, you’re welcomed to the Sydney tour!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a choice of alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink at the conclusion of the tour.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips or gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: Dress for the weather: bring a coat and umbrella if it looks like rain, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a bottle of water. Also note we will be entering a bar at the end of the tour, so please be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: Travellers under 18 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +61 (0) 414 983 091
    Email address: [email protected]