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BEAR ESSENTIALS 26 - REVISED

This past Tuesday night, 18th Jan 2022, the Harbour City Bears committe decided to substantially reduce our Bear Essentials 26 program during the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. We have cancelled the plans for all indoor events, including UNDERBEAR & Wet Furr, due to the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic. 

We will be going forward with our normal presence at Fair Day, Sunday 20th, Feb, Obelisk Beach Day, 28th Feb & the Parade at the SCG 5th Mar as well as some additional outdoor events to be announced. 

We very much appreciate your ongoing patience in these unprecedented times and encourage you to keep safe out there.


COVID-19 UPDATE

It is with a great sense of responsibility to our membership that with the current NSW Government Health advice, we have taken measures to postpone all Harbour City Bears events moving forward. We will make further contact about our future events as and when more advice is issued via the NSW Government. We apologise for the short notice and appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic in our membership's best interests. 

SELF CARE RESOURCES

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

    • 04/02/2022
    • 11:00
    • 06/02/2022
    • 12:00
    • Dalli's Campground, 1570 Glen Davis Road Capertee, NSW, Australia 2846
    • 15
    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

    BEAR ESSENTIALS 26 - REVISED

    This past Tuesday night, 18th Jan 2022, the Harbour City Bears committe decided to substantially reduce our Bear Essentials 26 program during the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. We have cancelled the plans for all indoor events, including UNDERBEAR & Wet Furr, due to the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic. 

    We will be going forward with our normal presence at Fair Day, Sunday 20th, Feb, Obelisk Beach Day, 28th Feb & the Parade at the SCG 5th Mar as well as some additional outdoor events to be announced. 

    We very much appreciate your ongoing patience in these unprecedented times and encourage you to keep safe out there.


    • 20/02/2022
    • 10:00 - 16:00
    • Victoria Park


    • 28/02/2022
    • 10:00
    • obelisk beach
    Register


    If you have the day free, become a Bare Beach Bear for the day!

    Obelisk Beach is a legal nude (clothing optional) beach near Mosman on the harbour. So time to get on top of that all over tan!

    ​Getting there:
    • Take the 100 & 111 buses from Wynyard Station to the Balmoral Naval Hospital stop.
    • Ample metered car parking available. There is a little hike down to the water with multiple stairs.
    • No disabled access


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.


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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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