First time? Here is what to expect


First time visit

Welcome to Pulteney 431, Adelaide’s first and only gay sauna. We understand your first visit can be rather daunting and overwhelming, that you may feel nervous about venturing into the unknown. Therefore, we would like to give you some guidance as to what you can expect.

When you arrive at 431 you will be greeted by a team member who will establish if you are a first-time visitor, that you are over the age of 18 (ID may be requested) and be made aware that this is a gay friendly venue. Once this is established the door will be opened and you will be invited inside. After you have paid your entry fee, a towel and locker key will be provided. You will then have the facilities explained to you and be directed to the change/locker room. Most visitors store their clothing and belongings in the locker and wrap the towel around them and proceed to the wet areas. The options of wearing swimwear or going naked are also available based on personal preference. It’s important you make sure your locker is closed and locked before leaving the change room. You can wear the locker key around your wrist or ankle.

When you enter the wet-area there are toilets and showers available. All visitors using the facilities in the wet area are encouraged to shower first in consideration of others. The dry sauna is located to the left of the pool and the steam room to the right. Access to the outdoor courtyard garden is also to the left.

When you feel relaxed and ready please feel free to venture upstairs and explore the cruising area.

What to expect

As you explore the club you may be approached by others, it is quite acceptable to indicate that you are not interested in a polite but firm manner. Just say, ‘thanks but not today’. Should you wish to engage remember safe sex practices, free condoms and lube are available in all cruising areas.

Fresh towels on an exchange basis and shampoo are available on request from the reception desk.

If you are feeling a bit peckish or thirsty and wish to purchase items from the snack bar simply show your locker key to the attendant and it will be charged to your key. Payment is made on your departure.

When you are ready to leave simply return to the locker room, dress and collect your belongings. Please make sure your locker is empty and locked before returning to the desk with your key and towel. Baskets are provided at the desk for your used towel. Once the attendant has checked if you need to settle any purchases the exit door will be released for your departure.

We hope this introduction has given you an insight into how ‘431’ operates, that you are equipped to have an enjoyable experience. Should you have any questions during your visit please do not hesitate to ask the team member on duty.


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