Don’t miss a beat at the world’s most exciting gay and lesbian event on Saturday March 1, 2014, by choosing from a wide range of tours for every taste created by gay-owned and operated travel specialists at Planetdwellers.
Australia’s leading dedicated gay and lesbian travel specialists, Planetdwellers, has released its 2014 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras tour packages that cater to all tastes and adventures.
Whether you are in town for the absolute essentials of the parade and parties, or you can indulge in a few more days to explore some of the most stunning locations around the country, Planetdwellers has the tour you need.
This year, they have also created a women-only tour that combines heart-racing excitement and exclusive pampering.
Mardi Gras Essentials
As the Official Tour Operator for Sydney Mardi Gras 2014, Planetdwellers is exceptionally qualified to ensure you attend the biggest events and parties, the hottest bars and restaurants, and experience the gay village atmosphere of the locals.
“There is no better time to experience Sydney and surrounds than in February and March each year during the biggest gay and lesbian event on the Australian – and perhaps the world’s – calendar,” said Planetdwellers co-founder Mario Paez.
In 2014, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival commences February 7th and culminates in the world-famous Parade and Party on Saturday March 1st.
Planetdwellers’ most popular tours are the three-night and five-night Mardi Gras essentials packages that squeeze the full Sydney gay and lesbian vibe into every minute of your stay.
The spectacle of the Mardi Gras Parade will get you pumped for the unforgettable party experience of “Mardigrasland 2014.” Mix and match from multiple dance floors, performance spaces and international acts to create your perfect party memories. Then pull up the next day at the famous “Laneway” recovery party.
Of course, it’s not all about Mardi Gras. While the population of Sydney is at its gayest, it’s the best time to indulge in additional tours, choosing from some unique Australian experiences and maybe even making some new friends along the way.
Barry Warner, Planetdwellers co-founder and lead guide said: “Our exclusive tours can extend your Aussie vacation from the intensity of the parade and party into the natural beauty and gourmet experiences that surround Sydney – your choice of wine country, Blue Mountains, or local wildlife. Or you can escape even further to the tropical north where we are hosting small-group tours of iconic Australian sites.”
The Hunter Valley wine country tour, “A day among the vines” brings together the very best in wine, gourmet cheeses, olive oil and other savory and sweet delights on a fully guided tour including a special Australian lunch.
Visit one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets and interact with unique Australian wildlife up-close on the “Featherdale Wildlife Park and River Cruise” tour that includes a trip down the picturesque Parramatta River after cuddling a koala or feeding a kangaroo.
For those wanting a tropical north experience, Planetdwellers is running small-group (12 people) exclusive day tours of iconic Australian destinations, the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, a day at Duranda and day tours of Cairns. These tours all operate from Australia’s only gay and lesbian resort, Turtle Cove.
For these northern delights, email the Planetdwellers team for your detailed itineraries, at email@example.com.
Women-only heart-racing exclusive
This year Planetdwellers has created an indulgent day tour for women to wrap up the perfect Mardi Gras Long Weekend. “We are working with an amazing female guide to bring you this tour that will get the heart racing then relaxing,” Paez said.
This tour starts with a white water rafting experience at the world-class site of the Sydney Olympics, followed by a sumptuous buffet lunch and indulgent spa options at Australia’s only Villa Thalgo, the Parisian spa to the stars.
The Bear Essentials
The world’s wonderful Bears are especially catered to in the Bear Essentials Tours, to take place in February 2014. There is a choice of two Bear tours that will take you out of the city and into the wilderness – or why not choose both. Experience the Blue Mountains or the Hunter Valley.
Make Gayborhood Your Gayborhood
Whatever you do, don’t miss the Sydney “Gayborhood” Experience, a walking tour through the famous gay enclaves of the inner city.
Paez said: “We will make you feel like a local on this guided tour of famous Oxford Street and the surrounding suburbs of Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Kings Cross, and Surry Hills, while you learn about the origins of gay Sydney and the activist beginnings of what is now one of the biggest gay pride celebrations in the world.”
Planetdwellers’ guides will let you in on what bars are hot and what are not, as well as clubs, restaurants, cafes and other hangouts. You will have plenty of photo opps along the easy walk, ending at one of Oxford Street’s best gay bars for a drink.
It’s easy to inquire about any 2014 Sydney Mardi Gras tour – or any other tour – via the website. The website includes maps and photo galleries as well as detailed itineraries of the tours to feed your inspiration and whet your appetite for your next vacation.
Also coming in 2014 will be brand new tours to subtropical Norfolk Island, as well as Adelaide and Kangaroo Island to the south. More details will be revealed through their Facebook page.
Planetdwellers are the largest Australian tour operator for gay and lesbian travelers and friends, ensuring enjoyable and hassle-free travel to the best Australian destinations. Whether you are a single or couple, family or group, Planetdwellers tours will give you a memorable taste of the Australian paradise.