PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATIONS FOR ACCESSIBLE VIEWING BAYS ARE NOW CLOSED.

parade accessibility

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was established on the values of tolerance, acceptance, inclusion and the right for all to participate in this significant community event. As such, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras recognise the needs of people with disability and is taking active steps to ensure that these access needs are being met. In consultation with representatives from the disability sector and the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet an access and inclusion plan was developed specifically for the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. Strategies within the plan aim to progressively improve access to this popular community event so that everyone has the opportunity to participate and enjoy the celebrations with friends and family whether they are at a live event site or at home.

Some of the key accessibility initiatives that will be offered for the 2016 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade include:

  • Four dedicated accessible viewing areas along the parade route, and a fully accessible Parade Sideshow
  • Accessible amenities
  • Dedicated disability access drop off zone on Forbes Street
  • Disability awareness training for all Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade staff
  • A complimentary wheelchair accessible buggy service from Whitlam Square to the accessible viewing areas up until 5:00pm
  • Limited assistance for accessibility guests who may wish to be assisted from Whitlam Square to their respective viewing area up until 5:00pm
  • Pending interest, a complimentary wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus service from Central Station to Parade Sideshow
  • Accessible public transport information to and from the event including most direct disability friendly access routes from public transport hubs.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is interested in obtaining feedback on your experience and access to the event. We would also like to determine how useful the information on this website is in assisting people with disability to plan their participation in the event. Your feedback will be used to guide our planning for future Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras events. If you are interested and willing to provide feedback, please email your comments to accessibility@mardigras.org.au.

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE VIEWING AREAS AND MAP

Although Mardi Gras has provided dedicated disability accessible sites to view the Parade, these areas do experience very high levels of pedestrian traffic. Movement therefore around these areas will be limited for all spectators. All assistance possible will be provided to accessibility guests to locate their respective sites and negotiate any physical barriers. This assistance will also be extended to accessing amenities, food vendors or transport within the precinct. The map below provides the parade route with icons locating the accessible viewing areas. Please familiarise yourself with the map. 

DOWNLOAD THE MAP OF SYDNEY MARDI GRAS PARADE - TO BE UPDATED

VOLUNTEER STAFF AND ON SITE INFORMATION PUBLIC TRANSPORT 

All Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade volunteers will have on-site disability access information.They can assist with escorting accessibility guests to their pre-registered viewing areas as well as assist with any other relevant disability access considerations. These may include information on accessible routes, transport and services. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The transport information line provides details on accessible travel. Plan ahead before you start your journey. For more information and to plan your trip please visit:

Transport Info: Web 131500.com.au Phone: 13 15 00 TTY: 1800 637 500 Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS): 13 14 50

CityRail: If you are travelling by train check that the stations you want to use have the facilities that meet your needs. For information, including accessible stations visit cityrail.info/travelling_with/accessible_services/

Sydney Buses: For information on accessible travel visit sydneybuses.info/travelling-with-us/bus-accessibility

Sydney Ferries: For information including accessible ferry wharves visit: http://www.131500.com.au/plan-your-trip/accessible-transport

Light Rail: Light rail is easily accessible to the aged, families with prams and people with a disability. Visit metrotransport.com.au/index.php/special-needs or visit www.131500.com

Taxis: The crowd and road closures around Oxford and Flinders Streets can make it challenging for taxis to safely set-down and pick-up passengers in certain areas of the City, particularly around Darlinghurst. Taxi companies will not be able to take booking requests for pick-up in areas where there are road closures and intending passengers are advised to use the Secure Taxi Rank for taxi transport from the City. The Secure Taxi Rank is located in Elizabeth Street (East) between Liverpool Street and Nithsdale Lane. This rank has been established to assist people requiring taxi transport from the City area on Mardi Gras parade evening and will be managed by staff to facilitate access to taxis. There will be an accessible taxi available at this rank to move passengers who are wheelchair users. The Secure Taxi Rank will be staffed from 9pm on 5 March 2016 to 5am on 6 March 2016. Taxis are in high demand on the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade evening and therefore delays may occur. Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (WATS) bookings in Sydney are coordinated through a central booking network, known as Zero200. Please call Zero200 to discuss your requirements with the booking office PRIOR to the Mardi Gras parade. Zero200 Phone: +61 2 8332 0200 Website: zero200.com.au 

ACCESSIBLE VIEWING AREAS

All accessible viewing areas have the below features:

  • Recommended as an accessible and family friendly site
  • Flat accessible site
  • Accessible amenities are located close by
  • Dedicated security on site
  • No barricades obstructing view of the Parade. (Please note as Parade Sideshow is a licensed area, guests may be required to sit behind barricade that may limit a clear view of the Parade. We are currently investigating this.)
  • Food vendors are located close by

The closest accessible train station to Options 1 and 2 is St James. It is approximately a 2km walk from St James station to the Parade precinct. We have two suggested routes pending on the time of your arrival:

  •  Route 1 is available to registered accessibility guests until 5:00pm. This route is relatively flat and is also the same route for registered guests who need to utilise our buggy drop-off service. You will need to exit St James Station onto Elizabeth Street, turn left into Hyde Park near The Obelisk (near Bathurst and Elizabeth St), and head towards The ANZAC War Memorial Building. From here, you will be assisted by SGLMG staff through Hyde Park, down to Whitlam Square and escorted via Oxford Street.
  • Route 2 must be used after 5:00pm. This route includes steep hills. From St James Station, you will need to exit onto Elizabeth St, turn left onto Park Street and continue onto William Street, then turn right onto Bourke Street.

The closest accessible train station to Options 3-4 and Parade Sideshow is Central Station. It is approximately a 2km walk from Central Station to the Parade precinct but it is extremely hilly. We would recommend using the above St James train station route unless you have the capacity to push or navigate a wheelchair up a steep incline from Central Station.

Alternatively if you arrive by a taxi/car, a drop off and pick up zone is available on Forbes Street, and a limited parking bay on Short Street. Please register for further details.

OPTION 1 - OXFORD HOTEL, OXFORD STREET

  • Located on Oxford directly in front of the Oxford Hotel, and opposite the Stonewall Hotel.
  • Provides a great view of the parade coming up Oxford Street just before it reaches Taylor Square.
  • A dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone on Forbes Street is in close proximity to this site
  • No shelter 
  • Accessible toilet is located on flat pavement closer to Forbes St. Please note that guests will need to navigate through crowds from viewing bay to the accessible toilet.

OPTION 2 - TAYLOR SQUARE (NEAR COCO CUBANO)

  • Located on the corner of Oxford and Flinders Street. It is located directly in front of Coco Cubano and directly faces Kinselas Hotel. This will be the most crowded of the available viewing areas.
  • Provides a great view of the parade coming up Oxford Street and as it turns onto Flinders Street.
  • A dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone on Forbes Street is in close proximity to this site
  • No shelter 
  • Accessible toilet is located on flat pavement in close proximity within the broadcast compound. Please note that guests will need to navigate through our broadcast compound from viewing bay to the accessible toilet.

OPTION 3 - CNR SHORT AND FLINDERS STREETS 

  • Provides a great view of the parade along Flinders Street
  • Is less crowded than Taylor Square
  • A dedicated parking zone on Short Street is in close proximity to this site. Please note that parking spaces are very limited and will be assigned after a case-by-case reviewal.
  • Limited shelter.
  • Accessible toilet is located on flat road on Short Street. 

OPTION 4 – CNR FLINDERS AND SOUTH DOWLING STREETS (NEAR DRIVERS TRIANGLE)

  • Provides a great view of the parade along Flinders Street.
  • No shelter.

PARADE SIDESHOW (TICKETED EVENT), CNR ALBION AND FLINDERS STREETS

  • Provides a great view of the parade along Flinders Street.
  • Is less crowded that Taylor Square but still has high pedestrian traffic
  • No shelter
  • Please note that this site is exclusive to ticket holders of Parade Sideshow. Please visit www.mardigras.org.au for more information
  • There will be a shuttle bus service from Central Station to drop off ticket-holders to Parade Sideshow. We are currently investigating on hire availability for an accessible bus.
  • Please note that Parade Sideshow is a licensed area which may require accessibility guests to sit behind barricades that may limit a clear line of view of the Parade. We are currently investigating this.

For any further details on disability access information for Mardi Gras parade 5 March, 2016, please contact:

E: accessibility@mardigras.org.au or T: 02 9383 0923

To register for an accessible viewing bay at the 2016 Parade, please complete and submit the below form by Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

Please note that viewing bays will be allocated as we receive completed forms so please register early to secure a bay.