Celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019

A380 rainbow tail flying over Sydney Harbour

From 15 February to 3 March 2019, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras paints the city of Sydney in rainbow colours and glitter.

Experience the largest festival on Australia's LGBTQI calendar. Two weeks of fabulous festivities culminates in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, 2 March, with an explosion of pride in the heart of Sydney’s gay and lesbian district. See the city come to life in support of equality and love.

Qantas is a major partner in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and offers daily departures from the US to Sydney, including non-stop services from Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Francisco, and one-stop from New York (JFK). Watch out for our Gay380 float in the parade!

Unwind after the party and explore the beautiful regional areas around Sydney such as the Hunter Valley, Australia's oldest wine region or  the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains with quaint towns, fabulous restaurants and boutique hotels, only a 90-minute drive from Sydney.

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See Sydney and surrounds

Explore Sydney Sydney Harbour


Enjoy the stunning Sydney Harbour and the city's fantastic restaurants and beaches.

Explore Sydney
Explore Lord Howe Island Friends paddle boarding at Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Explore the famous twin peaks of Mount Gower or paddle boardiing in the crystal clear waters.

Explore Lord Howe Island
Explore Tamworth Rural field in Tamworth


Look what Australia's country music capital has more to offer than its country music festival.

Explore Tamworth

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Your flight with Qantas

Your Australian vacation begins the moment you step onboard your Qantas flight. We've drawn on 98 years of flying to design extraordinary, award-winning travel experiences. On your Qantas A380 or B789 flights from the US to Australia, experience the comfort and exceptional service of:

  • Fully-flat Skybeds in Business, a dedicated Premium Economy cabin or ergonomically designed seats in International Economy
  • On-demand inflight entertainment with something for everyone
  • Delicious meals complemented by a range of beverage options throughout your flight.
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Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

10-day Sydney Mardi Gras extravaganza with flights

Loud and Proud - every Summer Sydney showcases a wonderfully diverse LGBTQI extravaganza to the world. Included is seven nights in Sydney with daily breakfast, grand stand seating at the Mardi Gras Parade and more.  

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Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Packages

Celebrate the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, one of the most colorful events of the year. Included is five nights in Sydney, Sydney BridgeClimb, day trip to the Hunter Valley, two nights in Byron Bay and much more. 

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Important Information

* Prices in USD. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or days. Price stated is for the least expensive itinerary. Total price for other itineraries may be higher due to higher taxes. Restrictions on baggage and additional baggage fees may apply. Prices may change at any time and are not guaranteed until payment is made. There may be other travel dates available but not enough seats to allow us to advertise. If your travel dates are flexible, use “Flexible with dates” to find the best airfare. Before booking any fare, please check the rules for that fare for applicable travel dates and for restrictions and any applicable fees, including, but not limited to, service fees and fees on refundability, date changes, and no-shows.It is the passenger's responsiblity to ensure all visa requirements are complied with.