A night in Sydney with a Sia chandelier and Bindi Irwin’s khaki shirts

Famous Australian women have inspired two hotels that put profits towards programs supporting women and girls

Some 15 members of the Bad Bitch Choir are sitting on my bed, singing Sia songs a cappella and getting champagne-motional.

This is the soft launch of the new women’s wing of Song, Australia’s only “profit-for-purpose” hotel (it sounds much more can-do than “not for profit”), run by the YWCA New South Wales. Nine of the hotel’s rooms, available to book as of 16 April, have been redesigned to pay homage to Australian women. I’m staying in the Sia room but others are fashioned after Lee-Lin Chin, Nakkiah Lui, Missy Higgins, Tina Arena, Bindi Irwin, Sally Rugg and Deborah Mailman. There’s also a “She Paved the Way” room that celebrates the history of feminism in Australia.

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