Oxford Street precinct

Five drag queens in colourful costumes walk arm in arm across the Oxford Street rainbow crossing.

Oxford Street is one of Australia’s most-loved and historic high streets. A destination for shopping, nightlife and our LGBTIQA+ communities.

It’s the home of the annual Mardi Gras Parade, and from February to March 2023 the precinct welcomed LGBTIQA+ travellers from across the globe for Sydney WorldPride. The global event showcased Sydney as a truly open and inclusive city that celebrates diversity and creative culture. We provided more than $3 million for WorldPride, helping to host events such as Pride Villages which activated Oxford Street as the festival's focal point.

Oxford Street is also a creative and cultural precinct, with major institutions including the National Art School and the UNSW School of Art and Design, and includes clusters of creative businesses.

Once affectionally known as the ‘gay golden mile’, Oxford Street has a long history as a precinct associated with Sydney's counter-culture movements.

We're committed to building on Oxford Street’s reputation as an iconic LGBTIQA+ precinct and a centre of buzzing activity both day and night, with space for thriving businesses, creatives and culture.

Taylor Square photo by Mark Metcalfe for Sydney WorldPride.

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Two people walk past a shopfront with glass windows.

Zink and Sons at 56 Oxford Street has provided custom tailoring services from this location since 1911.

Photo: Damian Shaw / City of Sydney

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