Summer in Sydney is unbeatable. Stunning weather and a city that celebrates its diversity makes Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras the jewel in the party season crown.
Whether you're seamlessly slipping it into a bigger journey or making it the feature focus, your visit to Sydney will be a stand out adventure you’ll never forget.
You are invited, from every corner of the world, to join us for our incredible 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season.
With a season spanning three weekends from Friday 16 February to Sunday 4 March 2018 you can experience everything from parties, performing arts, visual arts, social and community events to sporting events.
2018's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival will be extra special. It's our 40th anniversary, with our big Parade and Party planned for Saturday 3 March.
GETTING TO SYDNEY
QANTAS is our Major Partner for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Search for flights below, or visit qantas.com.
We have also partnered with leading tour operators and travel organisations to help you plan your Mardi Gras escape:
WHERE TO STAY
This Mardi Gras, find somewhere fabulous to stay. Whether that's a Bondi Beach shack, a Potts Point penthouse or a gorgeous terrace in Darlinghurst, Airbnb is your home for the celebration.
Half the fun is in getting ready, so book a place that's perfect for you, get dolled up and enjoy what Sydney has to offer this Mardi Gras.
Airbnb is a major partner for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. #staywithpride
Located in the heart of the city, QT Sydney is a hip designer hotel housed in the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings, which were artfully revamped and re-opened in September 2012. The gothic façades and features of the buildings were resorted to their former glory, bringing cutting edge art and interior design to the QT experience through LED digital art, bespoke furniture and bold colour. More than a place to lay your head, QT Sydney is a creative space to dine, drink and live and is a member of the exclusive Design Hotels group. Visit the QT website here.
Designed by renowned Australian designer Nic Graham, QT Bondi boasts 69 extra-spacious studios and apartments nestled on the edge of Bondi Beach. QT Bondi offers an exhilarating mix of signature Bondi barefoot luxury with all the creature comforts you’d expect to find in a world class boutique hotel. Each apartment offers the ultimate in chic beachside glamour, individually styled to capture the quintessential Bondi experience. Visit the QT website here.
It's easy to get around Sydney with trains, buses, light rail and ferries. To find out more and plan your journey, go to Transport NSW.
Discover Sydney’s pumping queer nightlife and get the most out of your stay in the Harbour City. See our guide to Sydney’s essential LGBTQI hotspots here.
EXPLORE SYDNEY AND NSW
There's so much of Sydney to see and experience, and the best place to discover all that's on offer is at the official Sydney website.
The City of Sydney is responsible for the city centre and more than 30 other suburbs including Darlinghurst, the traditional gay heartland of Sydney and where Oxford Street is located. You can see more of what the City of Sydney provides on their website.
If you have time to go further afield, New South Wales is home to some of the best beaches, landscapes, attractions and experiences anywhere in the world. Find out more about what NSW has to offer at the Visit NSW website.