Vivid Festival is back for 2019 and every year it gets bigger and better. Get ready for three weeks of spectacular light displays which illuminate Sydney’s famous landmarks. There’s also an exciting showcase of 160 music events across Sydney. You can watch acts like The Cure perform exclusively at the Sydney Opera House.
Vivid Festival runs from 24 May to 15 June. Hire a car from Sydney Airport and add Vivid Festival to the list of destinations for a NSW road trip. If you want to avoid crowds, visit early in the week and avoid the weekends.
Here are five things you’ll want to see or do at Vivid Festival.
Sydney Opera House
Every year thousands of people flock to Sydney just to see one of Australia’s iconic masterpieces lit up. Chinese-American artist Andrew Thomas Huang has designed the stunning Lighting of the Sails display for this year. It’s a beautiful and colourful tribute to Australia’s native flora and it’s bound to dazzle Sydneysiders like never before.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Expect larger-than-life displays at one of Australia’s most stunning city gardens. Walk amongst 500 fireflies and dancing blades of grass that are four metres tall. Everywhere you look inside the Royal Botanic Gardens is a photographer’s delight. It will feel as if you’ve walked into a fairy garden party.
Sydney’s ultimate amusement park made its stunning Vivid debut last year, as the festival marked its 10th anniversary. Now Luna Park is back and it’ll no doubt impress with something different. The ferris wheel will light up with stunning colours and design, while offering unique views of the Harbour Bridge.
The 3km Light Walk
This popular walk stretches from the Rocks to the Royal Botanic Garden. Pass exciting attractions along the way, like Circular Quay, and check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. It’s also a good vantage point to see the Harbour Bridge’s dancing beams and interactive sparkling lights that dazzle Sydney’s skyline.
Cruise the harbour
If walking isn’t exactly your thing then look no further than a Sydney Harbour cruise during Vivid Festival. You’ll see Vivid from a completely different perspective, while enjoying food and drinks as part of your ticket. With a cruise, you’ll get to see some of the best illuminations up close. For example, you won’t just be looking at the stunning Harbour Bridge, you’ll be passing under the bridge!