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SYDNEY Park, there’s the Sydney Marriott, which has posh room and is steps from gay scene. Just a short walk from Oxford, the boutique-y, gaywelcoming Kirketon Hotel is hip yet moderately priced, its room TVs with DVD and CD players—guests also receive free passes to a nearby gym. If you’re seeking a little extra leg room, try the nearby Vibe Hotel, whose spacious, brightly colored, and relatively affordable studio rooms have kitchenettes. In a similar vein, Quest Apartments is ideal for longer stay. Units at this property near Kings Cross (a 10-minute walk from Oxford Street) have kitchens and beautiful modern furnishings, and the staff is top-notch.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

This massive celebration began in 1978 and takes place over about four weeks and includes a huge launch party, a Mardi Gras Film Festival, several big parties, and the incredibly colorful Mardi Gras Parade. New this 2010, Mardi Gras began holding its massive Mardi Gras tk party a week after the parade (as opposed to directly after it, as it has in the past). More than a half-million observers and tourists have come to watch the parade in past years, and the party can draw another 15,000 revelers. Log on to www.mardigras.org.au for a full description of events as well as tickets. Andrew Collins covers gay travel for the New York Times-owned website About.com and is the author of Fodor’s Gay Guide to the USA. He can be reached care of this publication or at OutofTown@qsyndicate.com.

“(In) the Naughty Aughties ... even celebrities—who’d long built up a wall of privacy by hiding behind lying publicists—couldn’t help Tweeting their every thought, caught up in the universal need to connect, to emit, to admit, and to bore.” — Gay Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, Dec. 29.

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