We’re so lucky to live in Sydney at this time of year, when the world famous Vivid Festival brings dazzling night-time excitement and incredible visual experiences for the whole family. Here are the displays you’ll want to see locally and over the beautifully illuminated Harbour Bridge…
Staged over 23 nights, Vivid includes more than 50 light installations, mesmerising art displays, 3D light projections, live music performances and presentations. We are spoilt for choice here on the North Shore, with many of the official (and unofficial!) visual delights made possible without even crossing the Bridge.
From under the Bridge at Bradfield Park Kirribilli, you can see the Sydney Opera House sails which showcase the digital artwork Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground 2021 – created by eight female artists of the Pilbara region. The Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons feature projections celebrating the Gadigal people, told through photography and animated graphics. It starts with the creation of country from a Rainbow Serpent, and explores the many totems of sea, land, and the night sky that connect to it.
Taronga Zoo’s Wild Lights is bigger, better, and brighter than ever before, showcasing more than 70 festival-favourite lanterns from 14 captivating species. Adventure along the illuminated night walk and uncover animals from the Sky, Sea and Land, connecting you to wildlife, conservation, and uninterrupted Sydney Harbour views – all at the same time. This is a ticketed event, adults $26.95, child 4-16 years $19.95, concession $24.95, infants under 4 go for free.
For the first time, The Greens at North Sydney is participating in Vivid and a great place for dinner before or after your night of lights. Enjoy family friendly-inspired light installations, entertainment and activations at one of these special event evenings:
Saturday 4th June | Saturday 11th June: Family Friendly Laser Tag on The Green (5pm – 8pm). Glow in the dark themed event.
Saturday 18th June: Family Friendly Laser Show spectacular. Plus Vivid inspired cocktail specials will be on offer throughout festival period. Click here for more details
Luna Park’s prime harbourside position makes it the perfect location for Vivid viewing. See the new lighting installations especially for Vivid Sydney, hear music in unique performance spaces or catch the Ferris wheel and get a bird’s eye view of the technicolour city.
Across the Bridge, nine other locations have ignited, with Circular Quay, Sydney CBD, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Darling Square, Darling Quarter, The Goods Line and Central Station, all coming to life with a mesmerising kaleidoscope of light artworks to wow visitors and locals alike.
At Circular Quay, the 1980s artistic legend Ken Done’s work “For Sydney with Love” will be projected onto the façade of the landmark Customs House. And an illuminated text work “Endless Love” arching over Circular Quay will surely be an Instagram favourite.
For the first time, the renowned Light Walk will stretch continuously for 8 km, linking the Sydney Opera House to Central Station with more than 200 LED sculptural birds guiding the way as part of the Future Natives installation. There are 62 light collaborators and 114 light artists from 5 countries.
At Darling Harbour the waters of Cockle Bay will feature an epic water sculpture complete with dynamic water jets and dramatic lighting supported by a dynamic music soundtrack. Walking through Walsh Bay you can see a 100m floating Light Walk, where you walk under more than 200 giant bubble-like spheres hovering eight metres in the air.
Continue around to Barangaroo where Wulugul Walk at Crown Sydney has been transformed into a stunning visual gallery of light projections featuring First Nations and emerging local artists from Western Sydney. A spectrum of colour and ever-changing animation effects cover the darkened landscape, working in harmony to create an immersive, expansive gallery of light.
Further north you can discover a forgotten historical landmark underneath Central Station. The Goods Line Tunnel, which first opened in 1855, has been transformed into a modern convergence of lights, lasers and smoke effects with more than 100 laser lights – the largest laser installation in Vivid Sydney history. Central Station’s iconic ceiling and clock tower is also lit up while the Grand Concourse will be the stage for a series of free live music performances each Saturday night during the festival.
For more on the areas to visit including Barangaroo, The Rocks, Darling Quarter and Darling Square, click here: https://www.vividsydney.com/light
Getting Around Vivid
Extra public transport services will operate during the festival, although there are some changes to public transport services as a safety precaution to manage the crowds expected around the harbour foreshore. Buses that usually run to and from Circular Quay will be relocated to stops at Martin Place on Fridays from 6pm and weekends from 5pm.
Light rail services will run until late each night of the festival, but will not run between Town Hall and Circular Quay from 6pm on Fridays and 5pm on weekends. On Saturday nights and Sunday 12 June during the long weekend, train passengers will not be able to alight at Circular Quay Station between 6pm and 11pm, festival attendees should alight at Wynyard, St James or Martin Place stations instead and walk to the harbour.
Vivid Sydney runs until Saturday 18 June and guests can enjoy the Light Walk each night from 6pm to 11pm.