Access and Inclusion - Light

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Over 23 nights between 25 May to 16 June, Vivid Light illuminates Sydney and precincts with mesmerising colour. Vivid Light features more than 90 light installations and projections created by more than 100 artists from 17 countries.

There are several accessible options to make sure your Vivid Sydney Light Walk experience is as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

Accessible viewing areas

Enjoy Vivid Sydney from a managed, accessible viewing area. These areas offer a less obstructed view and are a great place to just chill out from the crowd.

• Sydney Opera House
Provides a managed area with seating on the western boardwalk that is open from 6pm each evening (location is close to the Portobello Caffe).

• Hickson Road Reserve, Dawes Point
Provides a managed, viewing area of the Lighting of the Sails: Metamathemagical at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, EORA – Dark Emu, and Skylark. Open from 6pm each evening.

• Darling Harbour
Provides a managed, viewing area on the Western Promenade of Cockle Bay. Open from 6pm each evening.

Audio description

For a rich experience listen to audio descriptions of featured Light Walk installations and projections.  Audio Descriptions for each installation is available here.

Text to talk

Listen to a description of each of the Light Walk installation on the Vivid Sydney website. Use your screen reader or smartphone device with accessibility options.

Interactive Guest Experiences

The Vivid Sydney Light Walk interactive guest experience allows small groups or individuals who cannot venture too far along the Light Walk to participate in Vivid Sydney more fully by taking a tour via a Samsung Galaxy Tab A and with the support of trained volunteers. This service will be available Monday to Thursday at Hickson Road Reserve, and the Sydney Opera House accessible viewing area.

How to get to Vivid Light

There are substantial road closures in the CBD during Vivid Sydney, however, drop off/pick up zones and accessible parking for mini-buses from disability services and community groups are available. All require bookings.

1.     Security gatehouse at Sydney Opera House at the end of Macquarie Street.
2.     Hickson Road Reserve , Dawes Point

Drop off/pick up zones are only available Monday - Thursday evenings. Pre-booked accessible parking for mini-buses is only available on Hickson Road and Loftus Street. Bookings are essential. Please contact vivid.access@dnsw.com.au for a booking form. Mini-buses without booking will not be admitted.

Subject to availability, visitors with disability and mobility requirements who are not travelling by pre-booked mini-bus may use some of the designated drop off zones and accessible parking on a first in first served basis on all nights of Vivid Sydney along Hickson Road, Dawes Point (limited spaces availabile).

Patrons will need to display their Mobility Parking Permit to be granted access beyond the road closures.

Accessibility map

Our accessibility map can be viewed here.

Tumbalong Lights

Tumbalong Lights located at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, is a collection of four interactive-play installations that form an inclusive and accessible Vivid Light experience for both children and the young at heart.

The four under-the-sea-themed installations allow children and their families to interact with creative, awe-inspiring light experiences that help produce a sense of empowerment, a sense of control and a sense of community, while at the same time inspiring fun and playfulness.

This is the second year that Cushman & Wakefield has worked with Vivid Sydney as the festival’s Access and Inclusion Partner. This partnership has enabled the festival to keep pushing the boundaries in terms of how access and inclusion principles can be incorporated into major public events.

For the first time at Vivid Sydney, Tumbalong Lights offers an opportunity for families who have children with disability to pre-book tickets free-of-charge to ensure a seamless festival experience.