About Sydney

Accommodation

Stay in the heart of Sydney for spectacular views and maximum convenience to enjoy Vivid Sydney. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options to suit a wide range of budgets and needs. Choose from luxurious five-star hotels or comfortable self-contained apartments across Sydney. Sydney also offers some of Australia’s best backpacking and hostel accommodation with affordable rooms in convenient locations around the city. View the best options for accommodation in Sydney.

Attractions

Sydney is home to some of the country’s most iconic attractions and Vivid Sydney is a spectacular time to visit the harbour city.

Explore the city before the sun sets by spending time in one of Sydney’s world-class museums, enjoying a picnic on the manicured lawns of the Royal Botanic Gardens or travelling across Sydney Harbour on the Manly ferry.

See Sydney from a different perspective atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a BridgeClimb tour, or complete the Bondi to Coogee Walk for panoramic coastal views and to see Sydney’s iconic beaches.

Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest settlement, then walk around Circular Quay to reach the steps of the Sydney Opera House for a great photo opportunity.

Sydney also offers fun for families, with something to cater to kids of all ages. Taronga Zoo is home to many of Australia’s native species where you can see koalas and kangaroos, or meet underwater creatures at Sydney SEALIFE Aquarium.

Food & Wine

As the home of one of the world’s great dining destinations, you’ll find enticing food and wine experiences across Sydney’s many cafés,restaurants and bars. Book a sunset cruise on the harbour to enjoy dinner as the lights of Vivid Sydney come alive, or look take in sublime views of the city from a rooftop bar. Taste the many multicultural flavours of Sydney, discover the best places for brunch and enjoy Sydney’s newest dining precincts.

Arts & Culture

If the Vivid Sydney line-up of events still leaves you craving more of Sydney’s arts and culture scene, check out the best places in town to see more performances and exhibitions.

In addition to hosting a captivating Vivid Live program, the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House puts on a spectacular range of shows throughout the year including ballets, comedy acts, orchestral performances and more.

Sydney’s museums and art galleries are great places to explore between Vivid Sydney events. Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art to see outstanding local and international exhibitions. Major public museums, such as the Museum of Sydney and Hyde Parks Barracks Museum, offer different historical perspectives on the city of Sydney. The Australian Museum of natural history is home to 10 complete dinosaur skeletons, while The Powerhouse Museum’s diverse collection, spanning science, technology and contemporary culture, will also keep youngsters enthralled.

Shopping & Fashion

Discover the wide range of shopping experiences in Sydney, from beachside and inner-city markets, to suburban shopping precincts, historic city-centre arcades and the best malls and department stores. Whether you’re after designer labels or bargains, you’ll find them in Sydney’s fashion hub Pitt Street Mall which stretches across two blocks within the city centre. Other shopping hotspots include Bondi, Paddington, Surry Hills and Newtown.