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Guide to the Pride Ball Long Weekend in Sydney

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So, you’re set to join all of us at the 2019 Military Pride Ball, but you’re not sure how to spend the rest of the October Long Weekend? Here’s a guide to the perfect three-day weekend in Sydney to accompany the Ball.

Haven’t got your tickets yet? The second release is almost exhausted, so make sure you buy your tickets here! Don’t miss out on the biggest event for the Defence diverse sex, sexuality and gender community.

Places to stay – Connor Haas, Communications Director

  1. The upscale choice: Shangri-La Hotel


With an amazing location by Circular Quay in Australia’s oldest suburb, this elegant hotel offers spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Harbour. The Shangri-La is truly the height of luxury, with traditional Asian hospitality and comfort. This hotel is a perfect place to stay when visiting the essential parts of Sydney, and conveniently in the same venue as our Pride Ball. Rooms from around $350 a night when booked early online at https://www.shangri-la.com/en/sydney/shangrila/.

  1. So many options, so little time: Airbnb


Airbnb is a great alternative to the hotels offered around Sydney. Whether you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, or a luxury penthouse apartment, Airbnb has it all. Airbnb really allows you to choose all the inclusions that you want in a private long-weekend with yourself, or a romantic get-away with your partner, or a party house with friends. I’ve stayed in some cracking Airbnbs in Sydney and around the world, and I have been seldom disappointed. Entire apartments from around $150 a night. Book at https://www.airbnb.com.au/.

  1. The perfect budget choice: On Base Accommodation


Defence members are able to choose from one of the many bases in and around Sydney city to stay in transit accommodation for next-to-no cost! Each base in Sydney has a unique character and is perfect for individuals who are only looking for a place to rest their heads, without all the bells-and-whistles of a hotel. Who wants to spend their long weekend couped up in a hotel anyway? Book through DHA Online Services at https://online.dha.gov.au/. Accommodation available at HMAS Kuttabul, HMAS Penguin, Randwick Barracks and Victoria Barracks (officers only). Non-duty and mess fees may apply.

Places to eat – Nathan White, President

  1. Hip and happenin’: The Butler, 123 Victoria St, Potts Point


The Butler is the perfect place to taste the culinary quality of Sydney. The best place to view the Sydney skyline is from the iconic Victoria Street in Potts Point, and this venue does not disappoint. High ceilings, open terrace, and a cocktail list to drown in, The Butler is a place to be seen. Get a booking so you don’t miss out on a table. https://butlersydney.com.au/

  1. Iconic and unique: Kittyhawk, 16 Phillip Ln, Sydney


Kittyhawk is the stunning French restaurant and cocktail bar with a creative twist. The cocktail list is extensive and exciting, and the menu has been cleverly designed in between the pages of a vintage aircraft manual. Every aspect of the venue is crafted with meticulous detail, which makes an excellent setting for a truly Sydney experience. https://thekittyhawk.com.au/

  1. Brunch me, beautiful: Good One Café, 132 Warners Ave, Bondi Beach

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Locally owned and operated, owners Scott and Vanessa decided that Bondi lacked a friendly, wholesome café with an exceptional menu. The product of their hard work is this adorable space with a keen desire to satiate lovers of food. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, and they have bottomless sparkling water! A perfect place to end a walk from Bronte to Bondi. https://www.goodonebondi.com.au/

Things to do – Andy Maskell, National Events Director

  1. All that jazz: Chicago the Musical

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It’s a well-known fact that we, as a community, LOVE musical theatre. Don’t miss Chicago, which will be showing at the Capitol Theatre over the October Long Weekend, starring a number of big names such as Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey, Casey Donovan and Tom Burlinson.

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, jazz-slayer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. A true Broadway Institution, Chicago has everything that makes a show great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. 

‘Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts’ so begins the international multi-award-winning musical, Chicago. Book at https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/chicago-the-musical-tickets/artist/844316.

  1. Hair of the dog: Sunday Session at the new and improved Imperial Hotel


If you haven’t visited the iconic Imperial Hotel in Erskineville in a while, it is a recommended stop. Famous for a host of reasons – you might recall the venue from the start of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desertmovie when Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce lip-synced and belted out I’ve Never Been to Me, in drag in the Front Bar.  She is a venue which has stood the test of time and been a sanctuary for our community.

With an epic Happy Hour from 5-7pm, a visit on Sunday (after your night at MPB) for Explore Yourself Sunday (EYS) will see venue wide events where you can explore your inner rainbow while sipping on a spritz on our rooftop bohemia or iconic main bar! DJs from 3pm plus Drag & Lip Sync Heroes on the ground floor from 7pm with Farren, Ruby & Dammit Janet. See more at https://imperialerskineville.com.au.

08 August 2019