- Even "on the cheap" Sydney is not cheap - a Rum & Coke is 9$ (6$ in a couple of pubs if it is happy hour); 20$ for a Long Island Ice Tea; and even a cheap place to eat with a main meal and one glass of wine and one soft drink is going to set you back around $50 - there are probably cheaper places to eat but I am thinking you need to be a local to know them - and even many locals admit the cheap places are dying out or becoming just "cheap & nasty".
- The Bears here are ADORABLE !! - and very fun - and very hot. AND they think I am a little bit of alright. Which only added to my holiday really :) - self indulgence over.
- Oxford Street - once the centre of the gay community in Sydney (Think Castro of SF and WeHo in LA) - is now overrun by early 20's straight suburban thugs and their white trash girlfriends. They are openly homophobic and hyper-aggressive with gays and lesbians. I walked to go out my first night whilst here - the rest of the time I took cabs in and out of Oxford Street - I simply did not feel safe.
- Sydney cabs - Uber expensive but clean and there are millions of them everywhere.
- Sydney Gays - depends on which type you want to talk about. There are the (A) Gays (or the ones that think they are the A gays) - Hyper muscled - clothing that shows lots of skin - condescending and arrogant - usual Queens.
- The Bears - see above - just lovely. Lots of fun - welcoming - friendly and not at ALL facile or horrid.
- The Gaysians - Now....there seems to be quite a bit of racism in Sydney's gay scene. Which is something I wasn't expecting. And it appears to work both ways. Gaysians don't like non-gaysians and non-gaysians find the Gaysians annoying and insect like (as I overheard one queen describing them).
- Coffee - dreadful. Being someone who lived for long periods of time in Brisbane and Melbourne - great food cities in Australia - Sydney has a LONG way to go before delivering a good coffee. Sydney PLEASE stop using cheap beans.
- Food - definitely better than it was 10 years ago. But again, use good ingredients. At $20 - $40 dollars a pop for a main meal - step it up to the next level please.
- Streets - dirty and unsafe. Poorly lit at night. Very few police on the streets.
I will come back to visit my friends and to have an "easily accessible" weekend away. But for a "holiday" - I would recommend Brisbane or Melbourne over Sydney. Locals will probably not be happy about that - but as an objective outsider.....Sydney is still only a 6 out of 10.
You'll have a LOT of fun - but I do not know that you will rave about it afterwards.....Kind of like Chinese food - great in the moment - but leaves you wanting more.
PS These are the ADORABLE pooches that belong to the manger of my hotel and love to keep guests company in the front foyer / sitting room.
.....PPS This is a "sorry" from the Manager coz they were having internet issues......sweet :)....