This week, The Darlinghurst Business Partnership and your local community legal centre, Inner City Legal Centre, came together to announce the launch of their joint initiative to save the award-winning Safe Relationships Project (SRP). 

Established in 2009, the SRP is a court and legal support service for LGBTIQ people experiencing domestic violence. The SRP is a unique service, providing a safe room at Downing Centre, support at other NSW courts when necessary and wrap-around legal assistance and non-legal referrals. The SRP employs a specialist part time lawyer who supports 30 LGBTIQ people per year with casework and provides advice, information and referrals to many more.

Over the next few weeks, there will be campaigning to save the SRP and they are kindly asking for your support.  Campaign ends 30 June 2019. To make a tax deductible donations to #SaveTheSRP please click here

To find out other ways you can support, please contact Erika Aligno on



The day to vote is imminent and Eastside is hosting quite a few places to fill out your ballot this year. On Saturday 18th Darlinghurst Public School will be inviting the community in to vote, as well as putting on their fantastic fete ‘Darlo Bizzaro’ to keep spirits high!


Explore the delicious food and drink stalls and other local vendors, all while having your say about our community. There will be over 50 artisan stalls, plenty of prizes and spectacular entertainment for all. And while you’re there take advantage of the customary Democracy Sausage - they say its the best in the ‘hood!

COMMUNITY - There is free yoga in Elizabeth Bay.

Head down to Reginald Murphy Community Centre for an afternoon of breathe work and purposeful movement at the latest community event offering in Elizabeth Bay. Running for the whole of 2019, every Monday from 2pm- 3pm this could be the perfect lunch break for an Eastside local or for the independent traveller in Sydney.


Taught by a group of experienced local volunteer teachers, the classes are completely free. If you have your own mat they recommend bringing your own, but if you are new to yoga then there are mats available at the community centre.

If you are a yoga fanatic then you might want to check out our wellness article which runs through the best ways to refresh and recharge in Eastside.

EVENTS - That's a wrap! Oxtravaganza makes a splash over the weekend.

After a wet weekend Oxtravaganza is done and dusted! Eastside was awash in glitter, music and laughter as the third annual Oxtravaganza kicked off!

The marketplace was colourful and bright in Foley Street and as the day progressed Oxford Street ramped up the action! We had Sax Fetish and their Naked Barber pulling the crowds and the stunning musical performance from Cherry Earhart rang out strong.

Wayside Chapel had the most delicious treats on sale outside Ariel Bookstore. Darlinghurst Primary School had their “love darlo” stall up and running. Swim and undies models braved the rainy weather. And our very own, favourite Queen, Maxi Shield was spruiking outside ACON in a warm up before her show later at The Oxford. Around the corner in Bourke St bikes were being pimped (Lekker Bikes), rainbow cakes served (Christophers Cakes), DJ’s and BBQ’s were warming up (Lumiere Cafe) and rum cocktails were on the menu (BRIX Distillery).

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Oxtravaganza ambassador Sheldon Riley was wandering up and down the event popping in and out of shops, with a quick performance here and there. He was glowing after being given the rockstar treatment at Kryolan and this showed up beautifully as he posed for pictures outside Cork and Canvas for their fingerprinted Pride Tree.

If you didn’t make it to Oxtravaganza this year then don’t worry they will be back in 2020, bigger and better than ever. If you are a business who would like to participate next year then let the organisers know by emailing

STYLE - Oxtravaganza is the place to be for the local makers and creatives.

Not only are Foley Street and Oxford Square being activated for Oxtravaganza, the East Sydney Community Arts Centre will be hosting a locals clothing swap! The Clothing Exchange will be supporting sustainability from 3pm at the Community Centre on Burton Street in Darlinghurst. Starting at 3pm it’s the perfect addition to your Oxtravaganza plans! We recommend bringing 8 pieces of clothes to swap.


For the marketplace on Foley Street we will have some amazing businesses showing their stylish and quirky designs. Oleu Life will be there with some intoxicating natural oils and therapies, whilst Scallywag Society will have a range of repurposed cushions and bags.

12pm will see Grace Grove Band kicking off the day with their soul and RnB groove, which will be driven home by local rising star Cherry Earhart from 2pm. If you are a fan of local music then make sure you are around for these sets.

For all event details of Oxtravaganza head to the website.

ART - Queer Art After Hours... don't neglect your creativity this Mardi Gras

If you are craving some creativity in your life then get amongst the amazing partnership between Mardi Gras and the Art Gallery of NSW. At this year's Queer Art After Hours, Mardi Gras is celebrating queer tattoos. The project is discussing a number of questions like, Is it a phenomenon with a unified queer aesthetic? Do tattoos created by and for queer people have meanings and traditions that break from the tattooing mainstream? Or are there no categories or boundaries (and that is actually the point)? Overall exploring the complex language and significance of tattoos in our queer communities.


They are collecting images of queer tattoos as well as looking for six fearless people to participate in Queer Tattoos, a living display of queer tattoos at Queer Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wed 27 Feb, 2019.  If you have some ink to share you can simply tag your images with #queerarttattoos.

Add this event to your Mardi Grad Calendar and for all the details head to the official Mardi Gras website.

ART - Cork and Canvas are taking bookings for their Mardi Gras Activation 'Paint Your Queen'

Darlinghurst’s art and wine collective Cork and Canvas have pulled out all the stops to deliver a stellar activation for the 2019 Mardi Gras celebrations and Oxtravaganza on the 23rd of February. Titled Paint Your Queen Canvas Night you will have the opportunity to put pen to paper and pay homage to your favourite member of the LGBTIQ+ community, there’s no better way to capture the Mardi Gras moment!


There will be a special guest performance from the amazing Diabolique, who has come all the way from New York City. This one of experience comes at the same time as the highly anticipated Oxtravaganza. Make sure you stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for all the details on what’s happening near you.

So call up your friends, get a group going and come on down to Cork and Canvas for the night of your life.

COMMUNITY - Oxtravaganza is live!

The community is buzzing with the news that Oxtravaganza is now launched and live. If you didn’t make it to the official launch party last week then here is all the info for you!

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Oxtravaganza is held on the 23rd of February throughout Oxford Street and the Darlinghurst area and is a way for local businesses to activate their shops and get amongst the Mardi Gras spirit. The event is an official part of the Mardi Gras program and includes pretty much all of your favourites. Sax Fetish will be hosting their infamous Naked Barber, Pearsons Florist is showing off with stunning rainbow bouquets and the East Sydney Arts and Community Centre will be hosting drag yoga.

There is something for the whole family and with the party continuing into the night, there is no excuse for everyone in Eastside to not get involved. If you want all the info as well as the official program and a way to get in contact with the organisers visit their official website.

COMMUNITY - How to live more sustainably in Eastside

January is the perfect time to make some long lasting changes to your home and your lifestyle. Being Eastside makes it easy to do more to live sustainably. Here’s our list of the best 5 ways to reduce your footprint in 2019.

1. Download the Share-waste App

Share-Waste is the perfect way got make composting easy in the inner city. Simply sign up as someone with waste OR someone with a compost bin and connect! You can reduce your food waste, get to know your neighbours and help others’ gardens to flourish.


The Share - Waste App is connecting the community through composting! Make a food scraps bin a part of your kitchen this year!

2. Community Gardens

We might live in the busy city but there are plenty of secret green spots to give your green thumb a workout. There are community gardens across Eastside and we have all the information you need right HERE.

3. Keep Cups at your local cafe

Is there anything that makes you more smug than turning up at your cafe with a keep cup? Not only do plenty of local cafes offer discounts for bringing your own cup, but you can walk around all day knowing that you have prevented another plastic lid hitting landfill. There are plenty on offer, but here is a great interactive map of all Keep Cup stockists!


Keep Cups are the perfect way to be stylish and sustainable.

4. Where can I donate my old clothes?

There is nothing more satisfying than clearing our your wardrobe and starting the new year with a more simple style and a decluttered living space. But clothes DO NOT belong in landfill! There are people out there who are always looking for second hand finds and there are plenty of places around Eastside who will gladly take your donations. Vinnies, Salvos or a designer and vintage consignment store are great places to look. Here is a great map with your nearest drop off point clearly marked.

5. Dial before you dump! Phone numbers for Council Cleanup.

Did you know that it’s illegal to dump your rubbish and unwanted household good on the side of the road? All it takes is a phone call to your local council to let them know you need a collection and the rest is taken care of! The best way for Eastside is to fill out this form and sit back and wait for your pickup.

COMMUNITY - There's a new ferry service from Elizabeth Bay

As of December 2018 Captain Cook Cruises have stepped up their game to include ferries, in the new cohort of ride sharing and on demand transport services.

Forget timetables, transport cards and traffic. The AHOY App from Captain Cook Cruises brings the ferry to you, when you need it. Similar to ride sharing services, the app lets you see where your ferry is, tracks your journey and time until your ferry’s arrival - all on your mobile device.


The first services for Sydney Harbour operate between Elizabeth Bay, Garden Island and Circular Quay during morning and afternoon peak-commuter times.

The AHOY fleet consists of the new and versatile “tubby-class” ferries. No payment, or ticket redemption required until you board the ferry.

Hail one of our ferries from any of these three locations:

Morning Peak Services - 6:45AM to 9:15AM

Elizabeth Bay Marina
Garden Island Wharf
Circular Quay, Harbour Master Steps

Afternoon Peak Services - 4:15PM to 7:30PM

Elizabeth Bay Marina
Garden Island Wharf
Circular Quay, Harbour Master Steps

Fast and efficient - only 12 minutes each way!

Operates Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Single Trips

Adult $7.50
Child 4-15 years $5.00
OpalPay, Credit Card and Cash accepted onboard

Save with an eTravelPass

15-Trip passes, valid for up to 365-days
Adult $5.90 per trip
Child $3.50 per trip

For all the details and to download the app head to the Captain Cook website here.

COMMUNITY - Donate a plate for Wayside's Christmas!

Not everyone gets to spend Christmas surrounded by family and friends, with a ham on the table and gifts for all. The holiday season can be lonely and Wayside Chapel is committed to making the Christmas period a time to come together as a community and support those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable.


Wayside Chapel makes Christmas more special for people in need.

They are back again with the annual donate a plate project. For just $25, you can provide a meal with all the trimmings for a homeless person living in on the streets.

  • $25 will provide one meal to feed a homeless person

  • $50 will feed a couple

  • $100 will feed a family of four

  • $250 will sponsor a table to feed 10 people

If you want to make your donation on behalf of a friend, family member or colleague, use the 'perks' option to receive a blank paper plate 'gift card', which we'll post to you. Share the plate in lieu of a gift this Christmas. In addition to this your name will be written on a plate at the Christmas Day Street Party to recognise your support to feed the homeless.

Click through here to donate!

COMMUNITY - Woolloomoolivin' was a smash hit!

The Wooloomoolivin’ Community day was a huge success with big crowds flocking to check out the hip hop beats focused event.

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Jam packed with music, food, charity activations and dance Woolomoolivin’ is a celebration of urban arts in Sydney. This year’s event was held on December 3rd and organisations on the day included PCYC, C3 Cares, Baptistcare, HopeStreet, CatholicCare, Save the Children Australia, Bounce, Artspace Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Firstdraft Gallery, and Youth & Family Connect.

Stay tuned here for more details on the people putting this amazing event on for 2019!

COMMUNITY - Sceggs Darlinghurst Year 10 Students pack bags for women struggling this Christmas

The Year 10 girls at Sceggs Darlinghurst have packed bags with essentials for women who might be doing it tough this Christmas. In support of charity Share the Dignity and their womens drive called It’s In The Bag.


Sceggs Year 10 girls have gotten together to support women this Christmas with #itsinthebag

The bags are packed with hygiene essentials and womens beauty treats to make sure every woman feels special at this time of year. There are plenty of other community programs and charities in action over the Christmas period so take some time to choose one and pay it forward!