Day trips and adventures to take during Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Gayborhood Walking Tour
To get a closer look at the history and culture of Sydney’s LGBTI scene, try Mardi Gras Sydney’s original Gayborhood Walking Tour. The path wanders through Sydney’s most scenic locations and covers the great diversity of Sydney’s LGBTI history, from the women who pushed for gender equality to the trans community’s role in its nightlife.
Climb the Bridge
The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge sits at the centre of the city and provides incredible views of the Opera House and harbour. Walk across it, take a ferry underneath it, or best of all, climb it as part of the Mardi Gras BridgeClimb. The exhilarating climb ends with a karaoke party at the top of the arch.
Ultimate Sydney Experience
The ultimate day in Sydney combines the Mardi Gras Harbour BridgeClimb, a guided walk through The Rocks district, a harbourside Aussie lunch, a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House, and ends with the Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise.
Blue Mountains Day Tour
The spectacular Blue Mountains lie just outside Sydney’s metropolitan sprawl and they’re not to be missed. The Blue Mountains National Park, listed as a World Heritage site, is known for huge waterfalls and ancient forests. This day trip takes you to see the iconic Three Sisters and helps you explore the beautiful limestone Jenolan Caves.
Wildlife and Wilderness Tour
The sure-fire way to get close to Australian animals is to visit a wildlife park, like Featherdale in Sydney’s west. This day trip visits the park first before venturing out to Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains for a day exploring Scenic World and drinks at a lookout.
Hunter Valley Wine Tour
If a day spent tasting wine in a picturesque valley is more your sort experience, head out to the Hunter Valley. On the tour you’ll learn about the history of the region while visiting the best vineyards in the valley.
South Coast Experience
The NSW South Coast is filled with quaint towns, great surf, and beautiful scenery. This day trip visits the Kiama Blowhole before stopping for lunch in picturesque Berry. The afternoon also includes a visit the to beautiful rainforest of Kangaroo Valley and a stop at the great Fitzroy Falls.
All Aussie Adventure
This day trip gets visitors right up close to unique animals of Australia with a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Later, the group heads out to historic Parramatta, before catching the Rivercat ferry down Parramatta River to Circular Quay. The day also includes an Aussie-style lunch.
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