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Whilst we endure the weeks to come, be kind to yourself and those about you. Stay connected in the ways you know are best and healthiest for you.  We'll endeavour to keep you in contact with Bear community and culture thru our monthly newsletter and social channels. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed or concerned for your own wellbeing, please reach out to one of the following resources:

SELF CARE RESOURCES

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
  • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
  • Headspace on 1800 650 890
  • Qlife 3PM-MIDNIGHT every day for phone and web chat https://qlife.org.au/


Upcoming events

    • 05/12/2021
    • 16:00 - 20:00
    • The Town Hall Hotel, Newtown


    Join us upstairs at Sunday Arvo Bears @The Townie in Newtown right next to the Newtown Train Station.

    4pm Desk opens: *Happy Hour 4pm-6pm
    - *$5/$6 House Spirits
    - $15 Jugs of Tooheys New
    - $12 Jugs of Moon Dog
    - Free Soft Drinks

    Don Rodney’s food truck kitchen banging out top notch pub classics, California style burgers & some spicy New York style crispy chicken wings.

    Lift access inside at the rear, just ask at the front door.

    "Newbie?" We've all been there. "Out of Towner? Specific Needs?..."
    Whatever your concern may be, drop us a message on facebook so we can do our best to assist.

                  

    • 10/12/2021
    • 19:00
    • 11/12/2021
    • 03:00
    • Kinselas - 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst, NSW

    Bears are in the house on Fridays!

    Put on your best Hirsute or just get your Fur on and get on down to the Friday home of the Harbour City Bears.

    Raffles at 8pm & 10pm for $25 (non members) & $50 (members)
    Members Badge Draw at 10Pm (11pm second chance draw if not won) starts at $500 & jackpots each week if not won.

    Discounted drinks for Harbour City Bears members. 

    • $6 Spirits

    Dj's from 5pm -2am

    • - 7-10:30pm Jimmy Dee
    • - 10:30-2am Shanie D

    Newbie? "We've all been there. "Out of Towner? Specific Needs? Whatever your concern may be, drop us a message on facebook so we can do our best to assist.

    Whilst we have a regular themed events, we encourage patrons to express themselves, their kink, their drag, their fur etc...

             

    • 12/12/2021
    • 16:00 - 20:00
    • The Town Hall Hotel, Newtown


    Join us upstairs at Sunday Arvo Bears @The Townie in Newtown right next to the Newtown Train Station.

    4pm Desk opens: *Happy Hour 4pm-6pm
    - *$5/$6 House Spirits
    - $15 Jugs of Tooheys New
    - $12 Jugs of Moon Dog
    - Free Soft Drinks

    Don Rodney’s food truck kitchen banging out top notch pub classics, California style burgers & some spicy New York style crispy chicken wings.

    Lift access inside at the rear, just ask at the front door.

    "Newbie?" We've all been there. "Out of Towner? Specific Needs?..."
    Whatever your concern may be, drop us a message on facebook so we can do our best to assist.

                  

    • 22/01/2022
    • 20:00
    • 23/01/2022
    • 04:00
    • The Imperial Hotel, Erskinville
    Join waitlist


    BEAR PIT is Back! - Tickets on sale now*!

    $20 Early Bird
    $25 HCB Members
    $30 Non Members

    Harbour City Bears quarterly dance party event is back at

    The Imperial Hotel, Erskinville

    22 / January / 2022 - 10pm - 4am

    We are very excited to bring you a special

    Blacklight Edition.

    Dress is as minimimal as you are comfortable with, this side of a jockstrap. Paint does not count as clothing but flouro body paint is encouraged in your overall look!

    DJ's Colin Gaff & Rob Davis and some very special entertainment to be announced shortly.

    Harbour City Bears is an inclusive LGBT+ community group and will not tolerate those who are disrespectful to one another. You will be asked to leave if you are disrupting the event and their patrons.

    ACON is a community partner of Harbour City Bears

    *Tickets are limited by current NSW Covid restrictions. If tickets sellout, a waitlist option is available should more become available.

    • 04/02/2022
    • 11:00
    • 06/02/2022
    • 12:00
    • Dalli's Campground, 1570 Glen Davis Road Capertee, NSW, Australia 2846
    • 22
    Register


    If you’re looking for a way to use up some of that annual leave you’ve been accruing, come for a weekend out bush and spend some time catching up with your HCB mates you haven’t seen for ages. This year we're providing a bit more bang for buck and providing a spit roast dinner on Saturday night


    The camp grounds have hot showers, flushing toilets, cutlery/cups/pots/pans/saucepans, a BBQ/gas stoves, microwave, fridges and a sink  but in all other aspects this is REAL camping!

    There are 2 caravans available for those without tents however these will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The grounds are private as we're booking out the whole place!!!

    You’ll need to bring:

    • Tent

    • Bedding or sleeping bag

    • An inflatable mattress/camp stretcher/something soft to sleep on + pillow

    • A towel + soap + extra towel for creek swimming

    • Chair for your campsite - seating and tables are available in the communal kitchen area

    • A table (if you have one - table spaces are limited)

    • Bushman spray + sunscreen

    • Hat + sunglasses

    • Pizza for Sunday night - home made or frozen for cooking in the wood fired pizza oven.

    • Breakfasts/lunches/snacks

    • Drinks/booze

    Campsite Facilities:

    • Flushing toilets

    • Hot showers

    • Generator for power - this is switched off overnight. ****CPAP users see notes further down.

    • There are 2 full size fridges available - these are switched off overnight.

    • A microwave

    • Gas stoves + BBQ

    • A kettle

    • A wood fired pizza oven

    • Cutlery, plates, saucepans, cups, cooking utensils all provided

    • Sink

    • Bore water

    • A shallow creek for bathing

    • Wood and a fire pit is provided

    • Sound system for music

    *Temps are expected to be nice and warm overnight.

    **mobile phone coverage is not available in this area.

    *** Sites are unpowered.


    *** CPAP Users: Note that as the generator is switched off overnight, you’ll need to arrange your own:

    • deep cycle battery (at least 50 amp hour, pref more) - requires turning off humidifier and climate control.

    • 12V DC attachment power pack for your CPAP. We suggest doing this early enough to allow for shipping times with respect to Xmas if you purchase online.

    • 12V DC-to-alligator clips attachment from BCF to attach the CPAP power pack to the battery
    • You will need a deep cycle battery charger as well - you’re welcome to charge your battery through the day using the onsite generators.

    • 20/02/2022
    • 06/03/2022
    • sydney, australia

    A 2 week program of Bear Community events held during 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and hosted by the Harbour City Bears for large hairy gay men, their friends and their admirers.

    Australia's premier Bear festival includes 15 body positive events over 2 weeks for the ample hirsuite, those in pursuit, and those who just enjoy the view.

    Fairday & Afterparty, Meet & Greet, Press Paws (Gayming), Black Bear BBQ, Bar nights, Sauna party, Beach Day, Bearaoke, and premier events Furry Friday, Wet Furr & UnderBear (underwear dance party) are all included. Party passes giving priority entry to all ticketed events from December.

    More details to come!


VolunteerING

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with Harbour City Bears, the bear community, getting to know people and help our community at the same time.  There are lots of different ways to volunteer with HCB. You can help out at one of our events, with fundraising, or with the administration of the club. Event volunteers help with setting up, checking tickets, or any of the heaps of tasks that go into making our bear events successful. Volunteers at ticketed events also get free entry to the event.

It’s easy to volunteer with HCB, click on the links to the right.

BEAR BUDDIES

Bear Buddies is another great way to get involved with Harbour City Bears on another level.

Bear Buddies are volunteers who use their time to ensure people have access into the community.


NOT A MEMBER YET?


What is Harbour City Bears?

Harbour City Bears is Sydney’s only community group for bears – hairy gay men – our admirers and friends.

We hold over 140 events each year – with weekly socials, dance parties, dinners and other outings through the year.

  • two annual festivals – Bear Essentials during Mardi Gras, and Bear Pride in the cooler months, which attract visitors from interstate and overseas to celebrate Sydney’s vibrant bear culture.
  • dance parties including Chunky, Bear Pit and the iconic Underbear.
  • socials every Friday night at Kinselas Hotel in Darlinghurst and Sunday afternoon at The Bank Hotel in Newtown.
  • Press Paws, a monthly gaymer event
  • community health & well-being events
  • fundraising for community charities

The proceeds from our events and fundraising are all invested back into the club, or donated to the community charities that we support.

Why join Harbour City Bears?

Joining our community group will provide you with many benefits, including but not limited to.

  • an extensive list of partners, which will gain you benefits and discounts upon joining
  • exclusive member tickets are given out at our weekly socials on Fridays and Sundays
  • discounts on some drinks at Kinselas Hotel any day of the week
  • discounts on all member tickets and entry prices for all events we hold throughout the year
  • access to member only events when held
  • priority notification of upcoming events and ticket sales through our member only newsletter
  • voting rights at our annual general meetings, allowing you to shape the future of the club

For information regarding our partners, weekly socials, and upcoming events, please visit the links below!

VenueS

BEAR BENEFIT PARTNERS


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