Sydney Iron Men & New Year - January 2006

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Sydney Iron Men and New Year 2006

The sun is (almost) always shining, the air is clean, and the leafy streets are a joy to wander, day or night. Sydney is blessed with a laidback population of over four million - and though it's Australia's biggest metropolis, its spectacular waterfront location means it never feels grey or grim.

New Year’s Eve is a great time to visit Sydney, its mid summer and the spectacular firework show from the harbour bridge is amazing. Temperatures were as high as 35 degrees which makes beach life great. Bondi Beach is the place to go. If you’re looking to hang out with the Speedo clad gay boys, the main area is at the far end of the beach just in front of the North Bondi Surf Club. Another gayish beach is Tamarama. To get to this follow the beautiful cliff top walk around from Bondi, actually the cliff top walkway is a photo opportunity in itself and takes about 15 minutes. The nude beach is over in Botany Bay called “Little Congwong Beach” and Obelisk Beach next to the Naval Station on the North side of Sydney Harbour is said to be very cruisy.

If you’re into watching straight boys in Speedos go check out one of the Surf Carnivals. “Iron men” compete solo and in teams via swim, run and row competitions; you’ll be amazed by these buff studs they are just beautiful to watch. For dates of events around Sydney check out

Sydney Gay Scene

The gay scene is centred around Oxford Street. The main 2 bars are the Midnight Shift and Stonewall, other famous Sydney bar's include Palms, the Oxford, the Columbian and the new sophisticated venue Slide (although we weren’t allowed into Slide… either because we weren’t wearing kits (it’s a bit posh) or the door bitch thought we were straight). All of these venues are located along the main drag of Oxford Street. If you are into the leather scene or masculine denim guys, then check out Manacle (the old Barracks Bar), located in the basement behind T2, it’s also an after-hours venue.

There are three main clubs in Sydney, two permanent clubs, namely ARQ, and the Midnight Shift club... and Home, which holds gay NIGHTS, called HomeSexual.

Arq is an old converted car garage on Flinders street and attracts a shirtless twink to twank crowd, into bottled water (which is necessary in Sydney) and possibly the odd glow stick. It is a fun venue, but as always the crowd makes the place... the lighting rig upstairs is cool, and the downstairs bar is fun for grooving with friends and having a game of pool. It is the venue that scores most of the live PA gigs from stars and celebrities over big party weekends.

Upstairs at the Midnight Shift is the Shift Club, it’s a bit of a Tardis… looking small from outside on the street, but its very big club inside. It’s been around for well over 20 years, and really is the old empress of Sydney clubs... but like any form of royalty, it has given itself a few nicks and tucks over the years. The upstairs has been transformed into one of the most technologically advanced dance spaces in the city. Lasers, intelligent lighting and the craziest lighting rig you will ever see.

Home Nightclub down at Cockle Bay holds the internationally famous "Queer Nation" parties - usually on long weekends. They are themed differently each time; check the web site for dates and info:

Recommended Sydney web sites:

Sydney Mardi Gras

SX News

Sydney Star Observer

Australian Gay Guide

Sydney Gay Map

Azure Harbour Party

ToyBox Afterparty

Midnight Shift

Queer Nation

Arq Nightclub


Sydney City Steam

KingSteam Sauna

Bodyline Sauna

See Sydney

HeadQuarters bar


ManAcle bar

Sydney Marriott Hotel

Gay Ski Week NZ



Here are another couple of funny links: and