PARADE ACCESSIBILITY

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was established on the values of 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 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade include:

  • Four dedicated accessible viewing areas along the parade route, and a fully accessible Diamond Club and Parade Sideshow viewing areas
  • 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 6:00pm
  • Limited assistance for accessibility guests who may wish to be assisted from Whitlam Square to their respective viewing area up until 6:00pm
  • Complimentary wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus service from Central Station to Parade Sideshow for ticketholders
  • Accessible public transport information to and from the event including most direct disability friendly access routes from public transport hubs.

SERVICES FOR GUESTS WITH ACCESSIBLE REQUIREMENTS

ACCESSIBILITY MAP

Although Mardi Gras has provided dedicated accessible viewing 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 access 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 below. 

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: 

Website: Transport NSW

Phone: 13 15 00 TTY: 1800 637 500

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS): 13 14 50

Sydney Trains: 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 http://www.sydneytrains.info/travelling_with/accessible_services/

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

Sydney Ferries: For information including accessible ferry wharves visit: http://www.transportnsw.info/en/travelling-with-us/using-public-transport/access/ferries.page

Light Rail: Light rail is easily accessible to the aged, families with prams and people with a disability. Visit http://www.transportnsw.info/en/travelling-with-us/using-public-transport/access/light-rail.page

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 Saturday 4th March 2017 to 5am on Sunday 5th March 2017. 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: http://www.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
  • Unobstructed view of the Parade
  • 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 6:00pm. 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 6:00pm. 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.

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. More information and tickets are available here.
  • Pending interest, a complimentary wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus service from Central Station to Parade Sideshow. Please express your interest in the registration form. 

DIAMOND CLUB (TICKETED EVENT), TAYLOR SQUARE ON CNR OXFORD AND FLINDERS STREETS

  • Located on the corner of Oxford and Flinders Street. It is located directly in front of Kinselas Hotel and directly faces Coco Cubano
  • 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
  • Please note that this site is exclusive to ticket holders of Diamond Club. Find more Diamond Club information here.

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

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

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

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

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

For any further details on disability access information for the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 4th March, 2017, please contact:

E: accessibility@mardigrasarts.org.au or T: 02 9383 0900

To register for an accessible viewing bay at the 2017 Parade, please complete and submit the below form by Wednesday 1st March 2017.

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