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The enchanting Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney
Appreciate the beauty of the Opera House illuminated by Vivid lights as you cruise on a luxury vessel on Sydney Harbour.

Vivid Sydney is making its much-awaited return in 2022 and for its 12th annual celebration, major events and massive-scale art installations are in the works! What started as a Smart Light Festival in 2009 between musicians and artists to portray energy efficiency has now turned out to be one of the biggest cultural events in Australia. From May 27 through to June 18, the city’s most iconic symbols and buildings will come alive in extravagant displays of lights, colourful shows, interactive art exhibits, Vivid Sydney Cruise and maybe even giant walking robots! Sydney is already one of the most gorgeous cities in the world and to see some of its iconic buildings transform into huge paintings of vivid shapes and patterns is really something to behold.

Prominent Locations

The festival has seen a massive expansion over the past couple of years and now it has exhibitions and installations in over a dozen different spots. While it's hard to go past the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there are also numerous other locations across the city, where dazzling art, music and ideas await!

Some of them are

Circular Quay
The Rocks
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Customs House
Chatswood
Tumbalong Park– Darling Harbour
Carriageworks
Central Station

Highlights of the Event

This ever-evolving festival also brings upon us a variety of new installations such as the First Light, Vivid Sydney Dinner, Vivid House and much more! And you just might need to block a few days on the calendar to capture all of it in its glory! The most visible element of the festival is the Sydney Opera House which will come to life for the Lighting of the Sails, which has been the showstopper for many years running now! Tens of thousands of people from across the nation flock to the famous Sydney Harbour to witness this breathtaking spectacle, resulting in the emergence of many vantage points. If you ever wonder where's the best place to witness the harbour fiestas there's only one answer– the Vivid Light Cruises.


Cruise – Best Vantage?

Vivid Lights Cruises are the ideal way to traverse across the harbour waterways and marvel at some of the biggest spectacles of the event! To make it even more interesting you can cruise on Sydney’s authentic paddlewheeler with wrap-around verandahs, cathedral windows and an old-world charm! What makes cruising on this unique vessel a special experience is that you get to witness the vivid lights on the outside and then a live cabaret show on the inside! This musical and dance performance will make you feel seen in the audience and is one of the longest-running shows in the nation! As the lights shine brightly from the land, you can indulge in a delicious array of menus, a live show and more onboard this Vivid Sydney Dinner Cruise. They are a popular attraction during this time as they offer you front-row seats to marvel at the wonders of the festival including the illuminated Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Luna Park, and many other shining edifices that reside by the shore. The cruises are also a splendid way to capture most of the lights in comfort and away from the crowd and when that craving comes for a delicious bite, you can devour the freshly prepared menu of sumptuous dishes! Couldn't ask more for a perfect night out right?! Book now!


Cruise Deals

Vivid Sydney is the right choice for you to get the perfect shots of the lit-up harbour and enjoy the festival in a new light, especially if you're out with your favourite group. Get the best cruise deals by grabbing your seats online and walk away with extra discounts for group bookings as well! So brace yourself for one of the most captivating nights out in Sydney!


Posted on April 29, 2022

by Sydney Showboats

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