From grime to glitz, the inner-east Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst has a new spring in its step.

The city’s most LGBT-friendly neighbourhood was formerly its underbelly, where vice and crime ran rampant. Over the years, bordellos were swapped for bars and today Darlinghurst is the glittering queen of the scene. Experience the effervescent energy of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras or check out the bars and clubs. Stroll down promenades of plane trees and hang out at cafés and restaurants or see what’s happening in boutique galleries and theatre venues.