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How to Experience VIVID Sydney

How to Experience VIVID Sydney

Brightening up Sydney’s winter nights, Vivid Sydney is Australia's largest festival of light, music, and ideas. The event transforms the city’s famous buildings with dazzling light sculptures and innovative light installations. Read on for how to best  celebrate the annual Sydney festival.

When to Go

Vivid is typically held over three weeks from the end of May to early June, coinciding with the start of the Australian winter months. During the festival, special events, exhibitions, and light displays are held daily all around the city.

Where to Go

The festival’s most spectacular displays are held around Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, and Darling Harbour, where waterfront landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, and Customs House serve as the backdrop to the show-stopping light show. Notable light and sound exhibitions also take place in the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Zoo, The Rocks, Kings Cross, Walsh Bay, and Campbells Cove.

How to Go

The best way to experience Vivid Sydney is from the harbor, so book an evening Sydney Harbour cruise to admire the city’s glittering sights and skyline reflecting in the water. Alternatively brave a Sydney BridgeClimb for bird’s-eye views, or simply enjoy a dinner date at a harborside restaurant. To ensure you don’t miss anything, book a Walk the Light walking tour of Sydney’s central business district and soak up the atmosphere with the help of a local guide.

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All Inclusive Blue Mountains Small-Group Day Trip from Sydney

All Inclusive Blue Mountains Small-Group Day Trip from Sydney

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Experience the majestic World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains on a small-group full-day tour from Sydney. Enjoy sweeping views of the Blue Mountains and sites including the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley. Hop onboard the Scenic Railway (or other rides) at Scenic World, enjoy a chef-prepared lunch (dietary requirements accommodated), and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to see kangaroos and other native Australian critters. Then, cruise by boat back to Sydney Harbour on the Parramatta River.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise

VIVID Lights Sydney Harbour Cruise

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Cruise around Sydney Harbour on a 1-hour evening boat excursion that gives you front row seats for the spectacular light displays of the VIVID Sydney festival. Drinks are available for purchase, sip a glass of wine, beer or soft drink while you admire the artworks that light up iconic structures including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay among others. Your cruise ends at Darling Harbour, where you can continue to explore VIVID installations along the illuminated waterfront at your leisure.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.49
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Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise with BYO Drinks

Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise with BYO Drinks

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Get the best views of the Vivid Sydney Festival without the crowds on a 35 foot (10.5meter) Seawind Resort 1050 catamaran. Glide along the Sydney Harbour on an intimate cruise with delicious antipasto and bread rolls enjoy unobstructed views of the incredible light shows projected on to the Sydney Opera House and other landmarks. Spend a relaxing 90-minutes on the water and bring your own alcoholic beverage with no corkage if you choose.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$37.82
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Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes

Vivid 90-Minute Sydney Harbour Intimate Catamaran Cruise with Canapes

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The Vivid Sydney Festival is one of the most spectacular events on central Sydney's calendar, and you'll enjoy the show from a prime position on Sydney Harbour. Get away from the crowds on a comfortable luxury motor catamaran, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Sip a complimentary drink while being mesmerized by the colorful light show outside.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$49.40
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Sydney Harbour VIVID Lights Cruise

Sydney Harbour VIVID Lights Cruise

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Experience Sydney's eye-popping Vivid Festival while cruising around Sydney Harbour on a spacious catamaran. Enjoy the best light show in Australia during the 60-minute cruise, which offers great photo ops of iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your catamaran features two levels and three large viewing areas on the open decks where you can soak up the sights and ambiance of Sydney during the VIVID festivities.
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  • 1 hour
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