Vivid in Sydney is in full swing again, this spectacular light festival will be held from 24th May till the 15th Jun 2019. Vivid is an annual festival of Light, Music, and Ideas. It includes spectacular light installations on some of the cities of iconic buildings.
Underneath you will find all the information that you need to amazing trip at vivid land. Which spots to check out, which offer amazing views and how to escape the crowds (As much as possible)
WHAT IS VIVID
Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music, and ideas that will run from 24th May to the 15th of June 2019. It’s one of the foremost creative festivals in the world and Australia’s largest event of its kind.
Over 80 light installations and projections form part of Vivid and alight the city in a rainbow of colors and spectacular displays. The city truly transforms into something even more amazing then normally.
The event is free (yay) and the lights are on between 6 and 11 pm. The majority of the light is at Circular Quay, but they can also be found at Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Garden, and Luna Park, just to name a few.
Before you start, last year I worked out an amazing walking tour that will take you along some of the most amazing spots. Make sure to check that one out if you would like to go for a walk.
Since I live in North Sydney – Milsons Point and Kirribilli are my favorite spots to photograph Sydney from. The Opera House, the Harbour Bridge as well as the city’s skyline can be seen from here. During Vivid it has nowhere near as much crowd as in Circular Quay, so this is a good place to relax and enjoy the show from a bit of a distance.
Since you are on the other side of the harbor, not everything will be easy to see but it does offer a great overall view of the whole skyline.
You can see the Opera House from a bit of an angle, but it is still bloody impressive.
Some pretty amazing vantage points at Milsons Point are:
- Broughton St Lookout
- Jeffrey Street Wharf
- Mary Booth Lookout Reserve
- Lavender Bay Ferry Wharf (Which is technically in a different suburb, but it is so close by then we are just going to pretend)
Additionally, when you are here you should go to Luna Park, which is also part of the festival.
Luna Park has free admission all year round, so you can just wander in. This year they have several installations that you should check out when you are in the area. I would not come to Luna Park solely for vivid, but when you are here, definably check it out.
Next to luna park is a walkway (Next to the harbor) which offers some more pretty amazing views!
Walk past the ferry terminal to pass underneath the bridge and towards the Opera House for more sensational panoramic views.
SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
Walking over the bridge is one of my favorite things during Vivid. It offers such stunning views that I always forget I am walking a couple of K’s. As you probably know, the bridge offers spectacular views of the Opera House and is, therefore, a pretty amazing spot during Vivid.
Since I started my night at Milsons Point I walked towards the city.
There are some viewing points, that will be very busy, but on the bridge itself you can also take lots of pictures by just leaning on the baluster.
The most spectacular stop during vivid has to be Circular Quay. From the light up museums, the opera house, the sky and lots of colorful boats, it is just a little piece of heaving packed in one stunning harbor.
Walk towards the cruise terminal to get a straight-on view on the projections on the Opera House. It does get very busy here, but just be patient, I got a front row spot within minutes and was able to take quite a few pictures without getting trampled. There are safety barriers placed in front of the water, so there is no danger of falling in.
If the crowd gets too much, then head to Cahill Expy Lookout. The lookout is accessible from the eastern end of Circular Quay near Circular Quay, Wharf 2. There is a glass lift that will take you to a walkway next to Cahill express, which is a whole lot quieter than Circular Quay down below. Mostly filled with photographers, this walkway offers some postcards kind of views.
- Come early. Some of the lights start at 5:30 pm when the sun has set.
- Try not to go on the weekend but rather go on a weekday, it is a lot quieter.
- The best installations are at Circular Quay but don’t forget to wander to Darling Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens as well, as it really is all amazing.
- Walk – it’s the best way to experience all of what Vivid has to offer.
- Bring warm clothes and wear layers. Yes, it gets cold in Sydney at winter time, I know, its a shock.
- Jump on a ferry to get you around Sydney so you can see it lit up from the water. You may even want to do a Vivid light cruise.
- Get an Opal Card and top it up to make public transport travel easy. You can use your Opal card on buses, ferries, and trains and all you need to do is tap on and off, (don’t forget to put money on the card, you don’t want to be worrying about this every two seconds)
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