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Forbidden Sydney guided walking tour

Availability: Every day
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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Do this because
  • Hear the hidden tales of key gay and lesbian figures who shaped the Sydney landscape
  • Check out Oxford Street, the traditional heart of Sydney’s gay and lesbian scene
  • Learn about the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • Have a drink at an iconic gay hangout (and maybe share a table with a drag queen)
  • Visit the city in a small group of maximum 12 people
What to expect

Sydney is one of the world's great gay and lesbian cities — with plenty of stories waiting for you to uncover. Learn about the gay governor of New South Wales whose conduct scandalised the British Empire, the gay bushranger who was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol, and the "most violent woman in Sydney," a tough lesbian criminal who carried a knuckleduster in her handbag and stole male gangsters' girlfriends.

Starting out at Hyde Park Barracks, you’ll explore the eastern part of the city near Hyde Park and the Botanical Gardens before your Sydney tour heads toward the bright lights of the gay strip on Oxford Street. Your local guide will share dark tales of organised crime, corrupt cops, murder, and Oxford Street’s ultimate transformation into the centre of gay life in Sydney in the 1970s.

And, of course, a tour of gay and lesbian Sydney wouldn't be complete without a look at the city’s famous Mardi Gras — how it started, why it began, and how it’s become one of the largest events on Sydney’s festival calendar.

The tour finishes at a friendly gay pub where you’ll have a drink on us, rub shoulders with locals, and see why Sydney is one of the friendliest gay and lesbian cities in the world.

This tour is designed for everyone — gay, lesbian, or straight. So don’t worry, no matter who you are or how you identify, you’ll be welcomed!

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What's included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink
What's not included
  • Additional food and drink
Reduced price
  • Minimum age: 18
  • People under 18 years of age are not permitted to join this tour

Where

Hyde Park Barracks Piazza (Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney)

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Hyde Park Barracks Piazza (Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney)

What to remember
  • Once you receive your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point
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When

Every day at 6pm

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Provider
Urban Adventures
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

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