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Sydney shines in May & June during VIVID

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Get your VIVID on .... Sydney's ready to party


It's time for a cheeky Sydney get-away. The smart money is on taking a break between now & 15 June so you can enjoy SYDNEY'S VIVID FESTIVAL of light shows, music & food.  To help plan your get-away, below are some suggestions for a 4-day itinerary during VIVID.

ydney's VIVID festival runs from 24 May-15 June. Photo: Destination NSW

Sydney's VIVID festival runs from 24 May-15 June. Photo: Destination NSW

Day 1

First up, get yourself a Sydney attraction pass that gives to access to 4 attractions: Wildlife Sydney Zoo, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye, & Madame Tussauds Sydney from only $80.

  • Start the day at Sea Life Aquarium & come face to face with over 13,000 fish & other marine life. (NOTE: For a VIVID-inspired visit to Sea Life Aquarium, see marine life in their own ‘Life In Another Light’ show.)

  • Because you're in the neighbourhood (that being Darling Harbour), drop by Wild Life Sydney Zoo & meet some of the local kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian Devils & more.

  • Finish the afternoon by exploring the rest of Darling Harbour & maybe even do a spot of shopping.

  • As the sun goes down, Sydney lights up & shines. Time to pop on your comfortable shoes and set off on the stunning stunning VIVID Light Walk.This FREE 8km self-guided walk that takes you around the city and past the many art displays, sculptures and 3D light installations that illuminate the Opera House, Customs House, Darling Harbour & The Rocks. 

    • TIP: Do the VIVID light walk over a couple of nights, & sample the VividPlace Food Trail at the pubs & restaurants along the way. 


Day 2

2 couples enjoying cocktails during VIVID Sydney by the Harbour

Sip cocktails at Aurorae at Bennelong Bar. Photo: Destination NSW

  • Catch a ferry to Taronga Zoo which is home to over 5,000 animals from Australia & around the world. There's plenty of shows, exhibits & animals to keep you busy.

  • In the afternoon, catch the ferry to Circular Quay & explore the cobblestone lanes of the Rocks before walking up to Sydney Opera House.

  • As the sun sets, it's time to Taste, See, Connect at House Canteen on the foreshore of the Opera House. Get ready to devour mouth-watering share plates & meeting new people as light shows & roving performers entertain you.


Day 3:

Cruise boats sailing in Sydney harbour during VIVID festival

Book a harbour cruise to see the best of VIVID from the water. Photo: Destination NSW

  • You've still got a couple of activities on your Attraction Pass left to do. Why not visit Sydney Tower Eye for unbelievable views of the city, the Harbour Bridge, Opera House. If you're up for adventure, take the guided Skywalk.

  • Head to the Botanic Gardens & soak up the some of the best views of Sydney Harbour. There's also FREE guided tours of the Gardens but bookings are a must. My tip: pick up a sandwich nearby & have yourself a little picnic in the Park.

  • Hint: For unbelievably yummy baguettes, pastas & more, swing by Pasta Pantry in Martin Place (MLC Centre).

  • Book a VIVID harbour cruise & sail past the glowing Opera House, Harbour Bridge & other landmarks that literally light-up the city. My recommendation - do a dinner cruise so you can take your time to soak up city-bathed light shows.

Day 4:

People dining by the harbour and Opera House foreshore during VIVID festival

Find your favourite eating spots during VIVID. Photos: Destination NSW

  • Head down to Darling Harbour & check out Madame Tussauds (free with your Activity Pass).

  • Afterwards, visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum or book a hop-on hop-off Harbour Explorer Cruise.

  • As the night draws in, time to add a few more VIVID activities to your itinerary, such as cocktails by the harbour, live music events, or maybe even a VIVID secret bar walking tour. Either way, there's plenty of VIVID activities for you to enjoy. See more VIVID recommendations below.


VIVID-inspired food & dining

Chef cooking at one of the VIVID kitchens during VIVID festival

Time to dine & shine by the harbour. Photo: Destination NSW

When it comes to VIVID, food is art & nourishment for the soul. If you want to make a difference while dining on the best produce this VIVID, we recommend:

  • Dine with purpose at Our Shared Humanity where top Australian chefs including Guillaume Brahimi, Peter Gilmore, Christine Manfield & Darren Robertson create delicious three-course vegetarian menus using 'ugly fruit & vegetables' that would've been thrown out, to raise funds for OzHarvest & help feed Sydney’s vulnerable communities.

  • Booking a seat at Plates with Purpose - A Taste of Ukraine for a 10-course degustation experience of Ukrainian food & culture.


VIVID music & live events

People dancing at VIVID music events

Check out the many music & live events this VIVID. Photo: Destination NSW

Live music take centre stage at venues all across Sydney. From intimate gigs in cozy bars to outdoor concerts, there's an endless choice of local bands & international artists hitting the stage. Heads-up: Tumbalong Park (near Darling Harbour) is where you'll find most music events including:

  • Home-grown R&B pop sensation Budjerah (FREE)

  • Soulful R&B music by Forest Claudette and THE BLSSM (FREE)

  • Home-grown singer-songwriter Thelma Plum performing her many hits such as 'We Don’t Talk About It' at Sydney Opera House.

  • Dance parties with dstreet joining forces with Mad Miran, Piezo, Kate Miller & Emelyne to show off the city’s thriving electronic music scene.

If you're after a little 18+ fun after dark, head to the VIVID Supper Club. This is your adult-only music, cabaret & comedy with some of Australia's funniest (& naughty) friends. Line-up includes Rhys Nicholson and Georgia Mooney with their Diva Worshipping song & dance performance. Other shows include Up Late with popular children entertainers like you've never seen before! Strap yourself in for all things grown-up.

So now it's time to get your VIVID on & start enjoying the party. And be sure to check out many more things to do in Sydney this May & June.