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
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.
, Newtown, is another burgeoning centre of gay culture, while lesbian communities have carved out territory of their own in
(known affectionately as "Dykehart").
A good starting point for
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
(both every Thurs); the free lesbian-specific monthly
Lesbians on the Loose)
; and the monthly nationally distributed
Other useful information
for tourists (each section contains more specific sub-sections):