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Enjoy a spectacular vantage point for VIVID Sydney aboard an evening catamaran cruise. You'll be in the center of the action when Sydney’s most famous structures light up with colorful displays. Admire the illuminated sails of the Sydney Opera House and the sparkling Sydney Harbour Bridge in addition to many other art sculptures during the popular annual celebration that starts in May. Your boat is even part of the festivities as it glows with colorful customized lights. Your cruise lasts approximately two hours and includes a welcome drink and mini-buffet.


  • An evening boat cruise on Sydney Harbour for VIVID Sydney
  • Take in great views of the light shows at VIVID, one of Australia’s most popular festivals
  • Get an exclusive opportunity to join VIVID by cruising in a boat equipped with specially designed lighting displays
  • See light projections on the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Customs House, and National Maritime Museum
  • Have the option to disembark and stroll through the lighted art show at Circular Quay
  • Enjoy an included welcome drink, canapés and mini-buffet

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What You Can Expect

VIVID Sydney: Sydney Harbour Lights Cruise

Sydney Harbour, Sydney Vivid Festival

Make your own way to King Street Wharf to board your 65-foot (20m) motorized catamaran and sip a welcome drink upon your arrival.

VIVID Sydney invites international artists to design dazzling light shows that are projected onto Sydney’s most famous structures, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Customs House and National Maritime Museum. Set sail into the heart of the VIVID Sydney festivities and enjoy superb views from your boat's indoor or outdoor seating areas and spacious deck.

Shutter bugs can take advantage of this water-based vantage point for prime photo opportunities of the brilliant light displays. Even your catamaran is equipped with special lighting, programmed to change colors depending on your location in the harbor, making your vessel part of the VIVID show.

Your cruise includes a complimentary glass of beer, wine, soft drink or sparkling water and additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard bar. The mini-buffet provides an assortment of tasty appetizers to nibble during the cruise. (see sample menu below).

Your cruise ends when your boat returns to King St Wharf after almost two hours. From the dock, you are perfectly positioned near additional VIVID Sydney installations that you can explore further on your own.

Please note: You have a choice of two evening departure times.The earlier departure gives you the option of disembarking at 7:30pm at the Commissioner Steps in Circular Quay where you can stroll through lighted outdoor sculptures along the waterfront. From there, either rejoin the boat at 9:15pm for the return trip to King St Wharf (small additional expense) or make your own way to your next destination. The later departure offers the same option to disembark at Circular Quay, however you must make your own arrangements to get home or to your hotel. No later boats are available.


Customer Reviews

Patricia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

It was a wonderful experience being so up close to all the action, the colours of the light shows were superb,
definitely well worth the cost.

Fahad S

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

The actual VIVID display left me a little underwhelmed, but I cannot fault the cruise. Friendly staff, great food and drink service.

John S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

We really enjoyed this cruise. It was a great experience to see the VIVID lights and we would recommend it to anyone in the future.

Rosemarie P

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

This is good just to experience the cruise by night in Sydney but not as awesome as what we had during our Budapest river cruise. It you want to see vivid Sydney, all you need is be at The Circular Quay where all the lights are.

Navanga W Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

Good views of the harbour at night.

Regina S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2014

Boat was very very late, light show was poor nothing wow or exciting. However in saying that the staff were very friendly and organised.

Thomas A. S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2014

The cruise was fine but the food was terrible. Would never recommend this to anyone.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2014

Firstly we arrived at the pier at the allocated time-5:45 BUT no boat till 6:10! The boarding was extremely disorganised and slow. The food was absolutely terrible!!! The best part was the walk around circular quay. However this again was disorganised with no arm. Ands that apparently should have been handed out.We should have just taken transport to circular quay and done that. The harbour cruise was a waste of money with almost no commentary or explanations.

Sylvia C

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2014

Very disappointing. The boat was late arriving, it was advertised as leaving 6pm and it was after that when it arrived. The food was ordinary. Unfortunately the boat spent more time out of the view of the lights as it sailed past Circular Quay. The only plus was that it sailed into Circular Quay on the way back so we had the choice of getting off there instead of back to King Street Wharf. I realise that because there are so many boats on the harbour they cannot hang around too long but I can't see a reason why it could not have sailed into the Quay and back out again at the start of the trip so we could have seen more of the Opera House sails changing.

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