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Summer in Sydney is unbeatable! Stunning weather and a city that celebrates its diversity makes Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras the jewel in Sydney’s party season crown.

Here you’ll find everything you need to make planning your trip easy with something for everyone, so book now! Whether you’re seamlessly slipping it in to a bigger journey or making it the feature focus, it 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 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season.


With a season spanning three weekends from Friday 17 February to Sunday 5 March 2017 you can experience everything from parties, performing arts, visual arts, social and community events to sporting events.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival happens annually, culminating in the huge Parade and Party on the first Saturday of March.

Sign up to our e-newsletter to be first in the know about what's happening, and if you want exclusive ticket offers and other exciting ways to be involved, get closer to Mardi Gras by becoming a member.


QANTAS is our Major Partner for the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Explore the QANTAS website here.

We have partnered with leading tour operators and travel organisations to help you plan your Mardi Gras escape:

Australia - Flight Centre
Australia - GALTA
Australia - Out & About Travel
Australia - Pink Dollar Travel
Australia - Planetdwellers
Australia - YHA
United States - IGLTA
United States - Rainbow Tourism



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 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. #staywithpride


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. Check out Same Same’s guide to Sydney’s essential gay hotspots.


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.