With thanks to leading entertainment venue, The
Kings Queens Cross Hotel, and community sponsor The Wayside Queens Chapel, The Potts Queens Point Partnership with its small and large businesses across the Queens Cross and Potts Point precincts will be colourfully renaming the town’s name to Queens Cross.
More than 45 businesses are participating, including retail, hotels, small wine bars, restaurateurs, accommodation places, real estate agents, amongst many more. Dozens and dozens of business owners are getting behind Australia’s best international tourism event, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
The Queens Cross precinct is home to thousands of LGBTIQ+ Australians and is a well known fine dining, wine bar and venue entertainment district. As Queens Cross transforms from a red light district into an experience and entertainment destination these businesses will be united in their show of support for Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Foreign and domestic tourists who will stay in Queens Cross and Potts Point for Mardi Gras will know the businesses that are in support of them when they come to play, eat, drink and be entertained in our local community. Each venue will have a rainbow flag with ‘Queens Cross’ labelled above it or a banner on their shop window.
“This is going to create a colourful and fabulous filled atmosphere to Queens Cross!” Executive Chair of the Potts Point Partnership, Carrington Brigham said.
Small businesses like Honkas Bar & Eats and Silly Tart Kitchen who drove the initiative for fellow small businesses are getting into the rainbow pride spirit. Hamilton Kings, owner of Honkas said, “Queens Cross enables businesses to show locals and tourists here for Mardi Gras that there are many great LGBTIQ supportive venues in the neighbourhood.”
“Tourists and locals can start their night out in Queens Cross during the Mardi Gras festival with wine bars, fine dining and entertaining drag shows and camp theatre performances all right here in Queens Cross and Potts Point, a destination to come and experience!” said Executive Chair, Carrington Brigham
Jon Owen, Pastor and CEO of the Wayside Chapel said “As we embrace all that’s great about our community together, during Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras we can celebrate all that we have achieved and remember those who sacrificed much for us. Wayside Chapel carry on the legacy of love and acceptance Wayside Chapel are so proud to sponsor the Queens Cross initiative.”
Did you know before it was Kings Cross it was actually known as Queens Cross.
The intersection of William Street, Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street at the locality’s southernmost limit was named Queen’s Cross to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897. Confusion with Queen’s Square in King Street in the city prompted its renaming as Kings Cross, after King Edward VII, in 1905.
Participating venues in Queens Cross are located on the Potts Point Partnership website.
Happy Mardi Gras!
Sponsored by Wayside Chapel