The Golden Mile
Walk through a rich history of parties and protests, synonymous with LGBTIQ life in Sydney.
This self-guided walking tour of Oxford Street has been developed in partnership with Pride History Group, a community history group that aims to preserve Sydney’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) past.
Archivist, historian and activist Robert French has been leading LGBTIQ history walks in Sydney for nearly 30 years and we are grateful for his advice and guidance in the development of this tour.
The Pride History Group has a collection of over 100 oral history interviews that bear witness to the queering of Sydney. An overview is online at camp.org.au/100-voices
Once a funeral home, in 1982 the premises became a bar and nightclub, taking advantage of the boom in Oxford Street nightlife.
Australia’s longest running LGBTIQ bookstore, The Bookshop has been operating for more than 30 years.Once part of Sydney’s early water supply system, this heritage listed, award-winning space now features immaculate gardens, wide boardwalks and a stunning sunken garden.
The art deco Unicorn Hotel was built in 1941. In 1978, as Oxford Street was transformed into the ‘Golden Mile,’ the Unicorn became a gay pub.
Sydney Culture Walks
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- Barani Sydney Cove / Warrane
- Centre Chinatown to Circular Quay
- Colony Customs House to Millers Point
- Eclectic Pyrmont to Glebe
- Gritty Newtown
- Hidden Sydney’s Little Laneways
- Homage Kings Cross to Hyde Park
- Modern Martin Place to Circular Quay
- Parade Oxford Street
- Passion Sydney’s wild side
- Port Pyrmont
- Remembrance WWI symbols and landmarks
- Sculpture City and Sculpture walk
- Skirting Sydney Hyde Park to Circular Quay
- Walk on Water Sydney’s water features