Sydney: Surf, Sun, Seafood, Exciting Scene
By Ed Salvato
Sophisticated, laid-back and fun, Sydney also boasts a spectacular harbor location and balmy climate almost all year round. It has the best restaurants, most varied museums, finest array of beaches, greatest energy and hottest nightlife of any city in Australia. Understandably, it?s been named the world?s greatest city by the world?s most respected travel magazines.
The most iconic image of Sydney is the famous Sydney Opera House with its distinctive shell-shaped halls rising gracefully along the harbor. But it?s just one of many unique features of Australia?s largest and most sophisticated and picturesque city.
Sydney is also the gay and lesbian capital of the Southern Hemisphere and one of the world's leading gay destinations, especially during Mardi Gras (February or March), a huge gay party that showcases the city at its very gayest. Oxford Street is "the strip," linedwith gay and gay-friendly businesses as it runs through Darlinghurst and Paddington. If you?ve never been here or haven?t visited in a while, you?ll find a city transforming before your very eyes, with many more cultural attractions, shopping and revamped nightlife than ever before.
Sydney has a complete range of hotels for every taste and budget. Gay tourists will probably want to be within walking distance of Oxford Street. During Mardi Gras, location is even more important: Oxford Street properties are the most convenient for stumbling home after a long day of revelry.
An excellent choice for visitors seeking quality lodging at a good price point very close to gay nightlife, the Cambridge Hotel is contemporary, spacious and chock full of conveniences.
The Kirketon offers hip style at very reasonable prices. It?s been voted one of the world?s coolest hotels by leading travel publications.
Staying for more than just a few nights? Try the all-suite Medina on Crown, fully and attractively furnished and conveniently located near gay nightlife.
Formerly the W Hotel, BLUE Sydney is a boutique hotel in the heart of a luxury marina complex. Perched on a wharf surrounded by stunning water views, it?s within walking distance to gay-popular Darlinghurst. You may spy a glimpse of Australian actor Russell Crowe who lives next door.