Plan your WorldPride!





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As anybody that has visited Sydney for Mardi Gras knows, it’s the most fabulous time of the year! The city comes alive, the pubs and clubs are heaving, the theatres are full, the sun is shining, the beaches glisten and the atmosphere is electric with rainbow vibrancy. 

It’s also a time when Sydney hotels are full to the brim, so you can definitely save yourself some time and money by getting your Dinky Diary out now and booking early. If you’re flying to Sydney, now is also the time to be securing your flights.  

One of the most common questions we get asked on social media is ‘which dates are best to visit for WorldPride?’ so we’ve made you a cheat sheet! Depending on how long you have to visit Sydney, the below has some itineraries to get you started! 

And remember, there will be over 300 events across the WorldPride Official, WorldPride Arts, WorldPride Sports and Pride Amplified programs, so there will always be something to do! Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.  

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WORLDPRIDE MARATHON – Friday 24 February to Sunday 5 March (10 Days)

Oh so you’re a stamina queen? WorldPride goes for 17 days, but this 10-day itinerary only requires you to take 6 days of annual leave from work! 

MARDI GRAS ICONIC – Thursday 23 February to Monday 27 February (5 Days) 

You’re coming to Sydney for the first time and want the full 45th anniversary Mardi Gras experience. 

WORLDPRIDE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME – Thursday 2 March to Monday 6 March (5 Days) 

So, you’ve got limited time and want to focus on the one-off party events? Well the last weekend of WorldPride it is! 

PARTY PARTY PARTY – Sunday 19 February to Sunday 5 March (15 Days) 

In the spirt of Saint Gaga, you want “No sleep. Bus. Club. Another club. Another club. Another club.” 

Whether you’re a local, or a very keen visitor demanding to do it all, below are the must-have parties. Remember Mardi Gras parties sell out, so get in early to secure your ticket (and many events have early-bird pricing too). 

  • Sunday 19 February: Mardi Gras Fair Day Presented by American Express is a completely free event, and as the sun sets the stage comes alive with a free concert to get us in the WorldPride mood. 
  • Monday 20 February: Mardi Gras Paradiso Pool Party is held on the picturesque city rooftop The Ivy. Get into your swimmers and dance the night away. 
  • Saturday 25 February: The one, the only Mardi Gras Party. 
  • Sunday 26 February: The annual favourite Mardi Gras Laneway, or if a 10,000-person circuit party is more your vibe, Domain Dance Party it is! 
  • Wednesday 1 March: We’re back at The Ivy for Kaftana Pool Party. And yep, that means wear a kaftan! Camp. 
  • Friday 3 March: For the first time, Sydney Town Hall will host Ultra Violet – the party for LGBTQIA+ women and allies. 
  • Saturday 4 March: Bondi Beach Party Presented by Optus is going to be one for the history books. 
  • Sunday 5 March: Rainbow Republic Presented by Optus is six hours of DJs and live music. 

Remember these are just the Official events – there will be many more parties hosted by major event producers through our Pride Amplified program. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates.  

SPORTY SPICE – Sunday 19 February to 26 February (8 days)

Over 20 different sports have been funded to stage free and low-cost events as part of WorldPride Sports, so whether you’re a spectator or player, these 8 days are for you! Individual WorldPride Sports events haven’t been scheduled yet, but as long as you’re in town for this period you’ll be sorted. 

HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

We are extremely proud to be hosting the largest LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Conference ever staged in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether you’re a community member, work in Diversity & Inclusion, policy, health or justice, March 1-3 is the time you need to be in Sydney.

Preview the program themes on our events page, and if you’re First Nations or are on a concession you can access heavily discounted tickets.

AUSSIE NEWBIE? 

If you’re visiting Australia for the first time, you could ease your way into summer with a visit to the north coast of New South Wales (the state Sydney is in) before coming into Sydney for WorldPride. We’ve got some suggested locations here, and you could even start your WorldPride in Newcastle at Pink Salt

Let’s be honest, you’re probably going to want to plan your WorldPride recovery too! There are lots of holiday options near Sydney, from beach to nature trips. Here are some thought-starters for you.   

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.