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Gay saunas in Sydney

Whether you're gay as a goose, bi as a farewell, or just dropped the wife off at tennis and have a few curious hours to yourself, Sydney's men-for-men sex on premises venues have every Dick covered

Written by
Time Out editors
Andrew Georgiou

If New York is the big apple, then Sydney is the bent banana. Whether you're into poking your member through a hole in a wall hoping for a ‘lucky dip’, strapping a complete stranger into a sling, or throwing yourself into a dark room and feeling your way, Time Out has got the low down on the down-low at Sydney’s key sex-on-premises venues. 

Are you a first-timer? Out of practice? Check out Time Out's guide to sauna etiquette

Update: venues like saunas are permitted to reopen after NSW reaches 80 per cent vaccination, to fully vaccinated customers only. Check ahead with individual venues to see if and when they are opening and what rules are in place. 

The best gay and bi saunas in Sydney

Sydney City Steam (357)
  • Gay and lesbian
  • Sydney

Steamed dumplings aren't the only juicy things on offer in Chinatown. Gay-owned and run, and located in the heart of Chinatown, Sydney City Steam has an open policy of welcoming "all races, ages and sizes". This place is spilling over with a variable mix of mature and young men – even fellas with a Peter Fonda fetish will be satisfied. Sydney City Steam is very clean, and modern but has no distinct vibe. Facilities include a spa, steam room, sauna, two cinema spaces, various ‘fantasy rooms’, and a coffee shop and internet kiosk where you will find boys picking up other boys online. Ironic, we know! if you are looking for buff, beefy gym types try Bodyline.

  • Gay and lesbian
  • Surry Hills

Formerly known as HeadQuarters, Trade is a cruise club (or sex on premises venue) for men to get it on, hot and safely with other men. If you've never ventured into a sex venue here is how it works; You rock on up and try to hide your nerves, pay a modest fee (usually under $25) for entry and once you are through the doors wander around sizing up fellas who are hopefully sizing you up right back. As a dry-cruising venue, patrons are required to remain clothed until they hop in a cubicle, sling room or booth with their new 'buddy', where both parties can then strip down and get it on! HeadQuarters offers a number of themed areas such as a sling room, garage room and dark room, so punters have plenty of options to get creative in. Condoms and lube are practically on tap here, encouraging all horny buggers to get busy safely.

  • Gay and lesbian
  • Rydalmere

This large, three-storey 'social club' offers discreet back entry 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You want facilities, boys? This place has got them: as well as a good bonk, you'll be able to squeeze in a game of pool, a boogie on the dancefloor and a ride on the treadmill, if you're that way inclined. From Monday to Saturday the middle floor is open to a mixed crowd, including guys, gals and gender-nonconforming pals, and on Sundays, on the top floor only, gay guys can go nude. In fact, they have to.

  • Gay and lesbian
  • Darlinghurst
  • price 1 of 4

Located right on Oxford Street, the Sydney Sauna (formerly Kingsteam) is a discreet and safe sex on premises venue with lube and rubbers aplenty and some extra amenities including a gym, snack bar, computer access and private rooms. The joint's been going since the '70s but has had extensive upgrades in recent years. There are two dry saunas, two spas, a steam room and a large jacuzzi, perfect for all sorts of mischief-making.

  • Gay and lesbian
  • Darlinghurst

Update: in September the buildings housing Bodyline and Arq nightclub were listed for sale. It has not been confirmed if either venue will reopen.

From beefy boys to twinks Bodyline offers a wet spot for everyone. Established in 1991, Bodyline was the first lawfully established sex-on-premises gay venue in NSW. It has a huge spa, steam room and sauna on the lower ground floor where boys roam around free-range; a coffee lounge and cinema on the ground floor; private rooms and a video room on the first floor; and a great sun deck on the second floor. It’s kept very clean and while it can attract the buff party crowd from many of the nearby nightclubs, including Arq, it can also pull in some real duds – but then again that's the way the game rolls out at these kinda haunts.

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