How to Make Your Vivid Sydney Experience Your Best One Yet

Lauren Powell

Tonight marks the start of Vivid Sydney’s 8th annual festival and it promises to be the most spectacular, longest (23-days to be exact), and the brightest yet. Launched in 2009 as a Smart light festival for energy efficiency, Vivid Sydney is now the world’s largest annual festival of light, music and ideas attracting over 1.7 million people who come to experience the NSW capital literally light up thanks to the array of outdoor lighting sculptures and innovative installations around the city’s most iconic locations. The best part? It’s free! If you’re a seasoned visitor and looking to experience the festival a little different this year, we have three memory-making suggestions for you. Scroll on, book in, and be prepared to be impressed.

Stay at Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel

The beautiful Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel has teamed up with Fantasea Cruises and is offering a special (and affordable!) accommodation package for both couples and families which includes a return private water taxi to Circular Quay—does it get much better? We don’t think so.

Dine at ARIA Restaurant

If you ever needed an excuse to dine at one of the world’s finest restaurants, now is the time. ARIA Restaurant, the brainchild of famed Australian chef Matt Moran, is situated on the picturesque Circular Quay next to the Opera House and opposite from the Harbour Bridge offering arguable the best view in town—especially during Vivid Sydney.

Jump on a cruise

The only way Vivid Sydney can be even more impressive is if you’re experiencing it from the magical harbour. Cruise companies such as Captain Cook Cruises and Beyond the Wharf are ready and waiting to sail you around sights like you’ve never seen them before.

Download the Vivid Sydney app and don’t miss a single sight.

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