After the s, Oxford Street garnered a reputation as Sydney's primary nightclub strip firstly gay nightclubs in the s followed by straight nightclubs in the s and subsequently saw a large increase in the number of crimes committed in the area. However, the lockout laws saw many nightclubs close and the crime rate drop as Sydney's nightlife hubs moved to Darling Harbour and Newtown. The lockout laws ended in with a focus on small bars and restaurants though some nightclubs have remained. The western section of Oxford Street, which runs through the suburb of Darlinghurst , is widely recognised as Sydney's main gay district and Oxford Street is closed to traffic once a year in early March for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Specifically, the area of Oxford Street between Hyde Park and Paddington Town Hall became known from the early s as 'The Golden Mile' because of the growing density of popular venues for the gay community.
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The Opera House may be the first thing to come to mind when you think about Sydney, or indeed Australia. The world-heritage listed building is stunning in person, and it is illuminated beautifully at night. Bondi Beach is on the Australian Heritage List, and is also noteworthy for holding the Guinness World Record for the largest swimsuit photo shoot, with bikini-clad women taking part. Circular Quay is known for its excellent gourmet dining options, and the views of the crystal-blue Sydney Harbour waters are truly stunning.
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