10 incredible Vivid Sydney 2022 experiences you won’t want to miss

Submitted by Vivid Sydney

26 May 2022
This is an image of a cruise on SYdney Harbour during VIvid Sydney

Vivid Sydney returns in 2022 as a bigger-than-ever multi-sensory ode to the very soul of this magical harbour city and its people. We've got over 70 deals on offer from our incredible partners but we've rounded up our top 10 for you right here.


Embark on a dream-like dining journey at 6HEAD

Surrender to a symphony of taste, sight, sound and touch in a breathtaking two-hour journey through time and space – all while dining in a world-class, waterfront establishment. This immersive fine-dining event at 6HEAD in The Rocks begins with a Vivid Sydney-inspired welcome cocktail with stunning views of the harbour and the sparkly lights of Vivid Sydney and moves through a sublime dining experience to the accompaniment of theatrics, technology, lighting, storytelling and music. Presented by 6HEAD, SixthSense Agency and Red Balloon, the unique, dream-like digital and dining experience offers a choice of two seating sessions Monday through Sunday during Vivid Sydney 2022.


Indulge in an overnight stay in the heart of Vivid Sydney

With so much to feel, see, touch, taste and hear during Vivid Sydney 2022, extending your experience with an indulgent city stay is a must-do. Sydney offers great accommodation options with special deals at Accor’s iconic Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Mercure Sydney and Novotel City Central, all located at the centre of Vivid Sydney action, so you don’t have to miss a thing. Watch Sydney’s amazing transformation as the sun sets and explore a myriad of mind-blowing installations after dark across the city.


See Sydney’s glowing icons from the water

Watch colourful lightbeams ripple and reflect on the water from the sparkling city as you sail Sydney Harbour at night on one of Captain Cook Cruises’ specially designed Vivid Sydney 2022 cruise bar and dining experiences. See the glowing icons, feel the energy of the city and connect to its soul from vantage points accessed only from the harbour. Unique photo opportunities abound as you pass the spectacular sights of illuminated Sydney and the resplendent Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, all lit up. 


Experience a bird’s eye view of the lights

Imagine standing atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge at sundown, 134 metres above the city, and witnessing the big “lights-on” moment when Sydney is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour. From this spectacular lookout, participants in The Vivid Climb have an unparalleled and breathtaking vista of the canvas of beautiful installations far below, including Lighting of The Sails of the Sydney Opera House. The first departure each afternoon reaches the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge just in time to see the city light up – an unmissable experience available Thursday through Monday during Vivid Sydney 2022.


Watch Australia’s largest floating liquid and light show from a kayak

As night descends, tune into the visual and aural splendour that suddenly surrounds you, paddling a leisurely loop through Darling Harbour’s extraordinary sights on a guided sea kayaking experience with Sydney Harbour Kayaks. The setting for the largest floating liquid and light show ever seen in Australia – Sydney Infinity – the vastness of the Darling Harbour precinct was chosen as the perfect location for this eye-popping and grand-scale display, that takes light artistry and aqueous choreography to another level. Hundreds of multi-textured jets and nozzles fan water into shifting shapes and fountains, all set to a soundtrack that evokes the true soul of Sydney. Feel your senses tingle as you find yourself at the centre of this must-see event.


Get your glow on with cocktails in The Rocks 

For an unforgettable and illuminated experience that fuses colonial and modern times, visit Tayim Restaurant and Bar in The Rocks. Wind your way through a medley of Vivid-themed cocktails and steaming cups of mulled wine as you enjoy live music at the spectacular glowing outdoor pop-up bar, created especially for Vivid Sydney. It is also a perfect spot from which to embark on the Vivid Sydney 2022 Light Walk. Explore New York Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art on the foreshore, a centrepiece of this year’s Light Walk, by Australia’s leading abstractionist, Helen Eager.


Add a Caviar Course to your Vivid Sydney experience

Experience a multi-sensory journey with Nomad Sydney that stimulates and surprises. The renowned Surry Hills restaurant has embraced the soul of Vivid Sydney 2022 with a specially designed LED light display and an indulgent Caviar Course. Nomad’s locally sourced fine produce is transformed into mouth-watering morsels influenced by travels through Spain, Morocco and the Middle East and cooked with fire and smoke. The optional Caviar Course with Polanco Grand Reserve Oscietra Caviar, crème fraiche, hash brown and a glass of Champagne is offered only for the duration of Vivid Sydney 2022.


Treat yourself to a degustation dinner on the water aboard The Jackson

Want to be among the first to preview Sydney’s newest, superyacht-styled vessel ‘The Jackson’ before the official ‘opening’ in Spring 2022? Add to that invitation a sumptuous six-course degustation menu and fine Penfolds wine on the water, while you absorb the incredible sparkling harbour views. Named for the waters of Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson), the luxury $15 million vessel boasts elegant restaurant decks and a stunning cocktail bar, the perfect vantage points from which to connect with friends and experience all the colour and creativity of Vivid Sydney.


Dine high at Altitude in The Rocks with magnificent cityscape views

It’s not named ‘Altitude’ for nothing! With floor-to-ceiling windows, the views of the city and the Sydney Opera House from this elegant level 36 restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel in The Rocks are unmatched. Designed exclusively for Vivid Sydney 2022 by Chef de Cuisine, Michele Menegazzi, and Head Pastry Chef, Kumiko Endo, the Altitude Vivid Dinner takes inspiration from the sights, colours and sounds of Vivid Sydney, using vibrant seasonal ingredients to create a unique and lofty dining experience, exclusively for the festival.


House of Hues (and cocktails!) at Barangaroo House

Indulge in a drink and dine adventure at Barangaroo House to celebrate this year’s Vivid Sydney, with an immersion of all things light, colour and cocktails in House of Hues. Partnering with Bombay Sapphire, Barangaroo House unveils its House of Hues ambient mirror, LED and netting installation designed by Vincent Buret, a Sydney-based designer who communicates ideas with minimalist aesthetics, new technologies, durability and simplicity in shapes.

Click here to see all the incredible deals available during Vivid Sydney.



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