Gay Sydney

It's not hard to work out why Sydney is one of the most popular destinations in the world for gay and lesbian tourists: the people are gay-friendly and so is the weather, which gets steamiest in February - just in time for the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras .

Oxford Street is Sydney's official "pink strip", and here you'll find countless pairs of tight-T-shirted guys strolling hand-in-hand, or checking out the passing talent from a hip, streetside cafAŠ. King Street , Newtown, is another burgeoning centre of gay culture, while lesbian communities have carved out territory of their own in Erskineville and Leichhardt (known affectionately as "Dykehart").

A good starting point for information is The Bookshop, 207 Oxford St, Darlinghurst tel 9331 1103, , which has a complete stock of gay and lesbian-related books, cards and magazines including the free gay and lesbian weeklies, Sydney Star Observer and SX (both every Thurs); the free lesbian-specific monthly LOTL ( Lesbians on the Loose) ; and the monthly nationally distributed DNA ($7.60).

Other useful information for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):