How Australia celebrated happy ending to marriage equality postal survey

From Northbridge in Perth and Oxford Street in Sydney to the West End of Brisbane and the damp streets of Adelaide, the almost 62 per cent of Australians who voted in favour of same-sex marriage were partying hard on Wednesday night.

Millions of people celebrated the momentous day in Australian history, filling the country's streets, pubs and clubs to mark the occasion.

From the west to the east, supporters of same-sex marriage partied into the night. Source: AAP
From the west to the east, supporters of same-sex marriage partied into the night. Source: AAP

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed to implement same-sex marriage by Christmas, supporters of the marriage equality campaign took to the streets armed with rainbow flags and lots of colour and costume.

Celebrations get underway in Sydney. Source: AAP
Celebrations get underway in Sydney. Source: AAP

Oxford Street in Sydney was abuzz with revellers, with a music performance and march in Taylor Square bringing a Mardi Gras-like vibe to the streets.

Oxford Street in Sydney was abuzz with revellers. Source: AAP
Oxford Street in Sydney was abuzz with revellers. Source: AAP
Sydney's Oxford Street held a mini-Mardi Gras. Source: AAP
Sydney's Oxford Street held a mini-Mardi Gras. Source: AAP

Yes supporters in Queensland gathered at Trades Hall, with a big event at the Rumpus Room expected to bring in hundreds of partygoers.

Brisbane City Council lit up the Story Bridge in a rainbow of colours in recognition of the historic vote.

Campaigners in Adelaide gathered at the Crown and Anchor and celebrated well into the night.

Despite the city receiving a drenching, nothing was able to dampen the spirits of those who had been waiting a long time for marriage equality.

Rainbow colours, costumes and glitter prevailed at parties across Australia. Source: 7 News
Rainbow colours, costumes and glitter prevailed at parties across Australia. Source: 7 News

It was a balmier celebration in Perth's nightclub precinct of Northbridge, where Yes supporters gathered at The Court Hotel to drink and dance the night away.

Melbourne's Lygon Street came alive with throngs of glittered, flag-wearing partygoers gathering to celebrate an emphatic yes to same-sex marriage.

Punters queue up at a makeshift bar in Melbourne to celebrate the Yes campaign win. Source: AAP
Punters queue up at a makeshift bar in Melbourne to celebrate the Yes campaign win. Source: AAP

"I'm stoked. I'm 30, I'm gay, I'm also engaged to my partner. So this means so much to me," Abir Ahmed, wearing a Yes shirt, told AAP.

"It's vindication, it's validation, it's relief. It's so many emotions just mixed into one."

Sydney Town Hall lights up in pink to mark the occasion. Source: AAP
Sydney Town Hall lights up in pink to mark the occasion. Source: AAP

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews paid tribute to "decades" of LGBTQI activism and the strength and courage of 'yes' campaigners.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said recent months had been
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said recent months had been

"The last few months have been a very painful time for a lot of people," he said outside the Victorian Trades Hall Council on Wednesday evening.

"Although, an emphatic yes makes everyone feel a little bit better."