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Bodyline Sydney

Bodyline was the first lawfully established gay bathhouse in Sydney

Bodyline was established in 1991, at a time when no legal gay sex venues were owned by gay men.

Bodyline was denied development approval by the South Sydney Council & was taken to the Land & Environment Court of NSW in which one of the arguments used to keep them from opening was the old Disorderly House Act. This Act had been used for a number of years to close down brothels in NSW.

After all the facts were presented, Justice Stein delivered his judgement & Bodyline was granted consent of the Court to legally operate. Bodyline was the first lawfully established ‘Sex on Premises’ venue in NSW.


A homosexual sex club will be allowed to refuse entry to women & heterosexual men, under what is thought to be the first exemption of its type granted by the Attorney-General, Mr Shaw.

A spokeswoman for the Anti-Discrimination Board that said in advising the Attorney-General, it had taken into account the importance of a place where homosexual men felt safe ‘given the level of violence against homosexual males in the community’.

Bodyline Spa & Sauna has been a licensed sex-on-premises venue since 1991. The club also had reasonable procedures in place to ensure safe sex, she said.

– Sydney Morning Herald, 18th May 1998 by Leonie Lamont